Máscaras- Mascara vs Mascara LP. If you’ve ever seen Portlands Máscaras live, you’re familiar with the fierce kinetic language of their instrumentation. Through their notoriously impressive live performances, Máscaras earned themselves a No. 3 slot in Willamette Week’s Best New Band series, without even having any recorded material under their belt...until now! Máscaras’ debut album combines bandmates Carlos Segovia’s whizz-bang acid-fried guitar work with Papi Fimbres’ explosive and fast as hell drumming that’s not so much focused on finesse as building frenetic tidal waves of pounding kick drum and cymbal mutilation. While it’s hard to pick favorites on Máscara vs. Máscara, there are definately a few standout tracks. “Desert Masks” and “City in Ruins” are all around mind-warping and explosive, yet inescapably groove-able. And “Animal Prince” is by far the best reinvention of surf psych to come out of Portland in years.