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MALVINA Album Explores How the United States Have Manipulated Brazil

MALVINA Album Explores How the United States Have Manipulated Brazil

Malvina“Hybrid War” is the title of the upcoming new album of Malvina, the progressive/hardcore-punk trio from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The album was mixed and mastered by Jason Livermore at the Blasting Room Studios and will be released worldwide on April 26th by labels in North America, South America, Europe and Eurasia.

The main theme of the album is the rolling coup in Brazil, approached from the Pink Tide period to the rise of neofascism, represented by the new president Jair Bolsonaro, and the US role on this political crisis through a new kind of war tactics.

The first single, also titled “Hybrid War”, will be released on February 22.

Official album teaser video is below.

The Band uses the concept of Hybrid War to shed light on how the United States have manipulated Brazil according to their own interests, especially to maintain their hegemony.

Three years since their last release, the hardcore band Malvina is making waves again with its critical stance of the political convulsions shaking Brazil. The new single, accompanied by a lyric video, focuses on recent events in the country’s history: from the color revolutions of 2013, through the “impeachment” in 2016, the dismantling of public policies, and the hardline program of privatizations, to societal divisions in the midst of a growing wave of neo-fascism. “Hybrid War” reports on these events as characteristics of hybrid warfare, a movement designed to maintain American hegemony.

Although hybrid warfare is a little-known concept in Brazil, it is starting to be better understood. With the release of its new album, Malvina wants to bring it to the attention of a broader audience not just to inform them, but also to get people more politically engaged.

ON HYBRID WARS

Essentially, hybrid warfare is a new type of warfare, as observed by the political analyst Andrew Korybko. The main agents are the United States, who recognizes China’s potential to become a world leader, especially through technological influence, as well as Russia, with its massive arms and munitions industry. In order to maintain its dominance, it identifies problems in target countries and exploits their weaknesses to attain strategic goals. One of the methods is to use different media to manipulate social movements in order to weaken the government and bring to power leaders that are aligned with its goals.

One factor that put Brazil firmly in the States’ sights was the discovery of pre-salt oil reserves in 2006. At the time, the country’s president was the leftist leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who left American Big Oil out of the negotiations. Added to that, his independent stance and initiatives to create and coordinate multipolar projects were perceived as a threat to American hegemony.

The Car Wash investigation was one of the tools used to weaken the Workers’ Party, while the anti-government protests in 2013 and the pro-impeachment demonstrations in 2016 are two examples of a phenomenon called a color revolution, which is characteristic of this kind of warfare. In Brazil, the use of slogans like “Fight against Corruption” and the smearing of the Workers’ Party proved effective in turning the people against the government and getting the country’s politics more aligned with the United States.

“The construction of a fairer future where one of the most unequal countries in the world was suspended because of market interests and class hatred,” comments Vinícius Berbert, the band’s vocalist and bass guitarist.

ON THE SONG “HYBRID WAR”

The song is a mixture of hardcore punk and metal, with elements of jazz and seventies progressive rock. “We worked really hard to polish each of its parts to make a stronger connection between the lyrics and the music. From the fast-paced hardcore beat we managed to transition to other parts like the chorus, where the rhythm is more jazz-like, and to explore elements of trash metal and prog rock,” explains Bernardo Berbert, vocalist and guitarist.

“Hybrid War” is the title track of the album, which is set to be released in April by Electric Funeral (Brazil), Ghost Factory (Italy), Geenger (Croatia), Morning Wood (The Netherlands), 5FeetUnder (Denmark), Bomber Music (UK), Mevzu (Turkey), Money Fire (USA), Punk & Disorderly (Canada), Audioslam (Chile), and Razor (Argentina). It was mixed by Jason Livermore together with the band at Blasting Room Studios in Colorado (USA), where artists like Rise Against, NOFX, and Descendents often record their work.

The lyric video shows a compilation of scenes associated with previous moments that have marked the political history of the Americas. It was produced by the band in partnership with Diego Marinho. The cover design for the single is by Rodrigo Rezende, who has done all the cover art for Malvina since their album “Claustro”. Rodrigo’s work has gradually influenced the identity of the band, who see it as complementing their music.

 

 

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