Facada - Nenhum Puto de Atitude - (8.5/10)
Published on October 15, 2017
Cover songs in the world of metal can be hit or miss. If a metal band covers another metal band, the results tend to be decent, but going outside of that realm can cause some issues. Seemingly, for every great Type O Negative cover, there are quite a few Six Feet Under style covers that are unlistenable. Brazilian band Facada decided to not only release a full covers album, but run the gamut of metal and non-metal artists alike. The results in this case are actually quite enjoyable, and the songs, no matter the original artist’s genre, are done in the Facada style, meaning pissed-off grindcore.
After the melodic intro track, the rest of the 18 or so minutes blast through the speakers at a breakneck pace. The vocals are indecipherable, and fans familiar with the original tracks may still have a hard time understanding the words. This of course is not a bad thing in this case, as these songs really get a new life with the vocal performance, and the overall execution of these covers is very impressive. The music of course is mostly the same throughout the album, but does have a few little changes here and there depending on the song being covered. There are plenty of drum fills, and groove to be had, but this release is not without some aggressive and speedy playing. The guitar tone is solid, having a deeper tone than some grind acts in the game, but of course it always compliments the track in question no matter what. While it can be harder to give a good example of the band’s overall sound given the sound has little tweaks throughout based on the cover track, it is clear the sound is not ever too far out of the band’s normal approach. Plenty of riffs, a sense of urgency and just a love for all things fast and in your face. Obviously the track list plays to the band’s sensibility quite well, choosing the quicker hits as opposed to trying to play something three times the length of what the band would normally do.
The production on the record is quite nice, capturing the instruments well, and the mix lets each part be heard without being over powered. By the time the album is over, you get the feeling that the band is consistent in their approach but not afraid to make a few changes here and there. While a covers album from a “lesser known” act in the genre may seem somewhat strange, when it’s done to the quality of this release, it should be welcomed.
Facada have been around for quite some time, but are not usually a go to name in the world of grind and metal. However, that hasn’t stopped them from being consistent in their output over the last 14 years. Nenhum Puto de Atitude just stands as another solid addition to their back catalog, even if the songs are not originals. The last couple of years have been very strong for grind and powerviolence acts, and this is just another example of top quality.