While we were on vacation in London, a fine gentleman named Ben let us shack up in his apartment. Ben played his current band for me, London hardcore act SANTA KARLA and I was (not-so) surprised to hear they rule. It's always cool when a friend plays you his band's song and they don't suck. You don't have to go through that awkward "Uhh yea, that sounds great" schtick.
Hardcore is a bit misleading, as there are hints of black metal and other metal sprinkles in there. The guitars are thick, the vocals are aggressive and the drums keep on crashing. Ben was kind enough to give us a free MP3 off their recently released demo, which you can download/stream below. If you dig the band, make sure to add them on MySpace as the band is currently working on their first full-length. So expect more rad music from them soon. You've been warned.