Right off the bat, the intro track will have you believing in Metanoia’s Chili-Nation, their second release from Thumper Punk Records. Chilean quartet Metanoia have the musical chops that show they know how to craft an amazing skate-punk album, everything from the guitar riffs, bass lines and drum tracks are superb, and frontman Benjamin Lopez has a great voice for the catchy punk anthems you want from this genre. There were a few awkward phrasings in the lyrics on the record, but, considering this is their first English album, it isn’t a major issue and doesn’t make the album any less endearing to listen to. There are some fun tunes on here like “Chili-Nation” — yes, one that sings the praises of their home country — but Metanoia doesn’t shy away from more serious topics (think abortion) and aren’t otherwise afraid to take a stand for their beliefs. The standout tracks have to be “Dear No One” and “Thankful,” which features guest vocals from Ted Bond of Craig’s Brother. “Dear No One” is a charming love song to a future soul mate, and “Thankful” is a nice gut-check, a reminder to not to get hung up on the promises of tomorrow before living today. For a second release, it’s enough to whet your appetite for their next. If you’re a fan of punk, you’ll definitely enjoy Chili-Nation.
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