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Background/Info: Larva is already active since the late 90s. The Spanish project driven by ‘ InqUesT’ and assisted by ‘Anoxia’ has already released an impressive number of productions, becoming one of Advoxya Records’ flag holders. “Mundos Subterraneos” was already released a while ago, and it’s the latest Larva album to date.
Content: Larva hasn’t lost its influences over the years although the global production became a bit different. I often experienced Larva as the Spanish answer to Suicide Commando; dark-icy electronics mixed with enraged vocals. This opus took some distance with the early sound of the band, becoming a more atmospheric production. There’s a dreamy element hanging over the songs while the melodies sound like expressing melancholia. The vocals however remain harsh and enraged. It creates a certain duality, but in the end it remains Larva. I get the feeling this album is more a kind of soundtrack-inspired work.
+ + + : A few songs from the album remain faithful to the ‘classical’ Larva-sound, but globally speaking “Mundos Subterraneos” is a step towards new sonic –or different sonic horizons. I like the melancholia emerging from the melody lines, creating the most intimate Larva-work ever. The band took me by surprise, revealing subtle and refined sound treatments. “No Soy Yo” sounds like the ultimate song for an imaginary soundtrack.
– – – : The production of the vocals still has this constant expression of shouting rage. It’s a familiar Larva-element although maybe a bit too harsh for the music of this work.
Conclusion: I never expected Larva composing a sensitive work; even if it remains dark and tormented, this album has something emotional!
Best songs: “My Old Demons”, “No Soy Yo”, “Guilty”, “Vidas Derribadas”, “Gritos Que Solo Las Paredes Oyen”.
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