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Reflections, Exi(s)t




Reflections, Exi(s)t


10/31/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Though not as deathly sounding as Meshuggah nor ants-in-the-pants as Dillinger Escape Plan, these five Minnesota dudes do keep one’s attention riveted to their latex-tight delivery. The album is an exhausting trip worth the time spent, requiring a taste for math-rock outbursts and epic high-tension-wire bendings — as I said, Meshuggah and DEP. But it’s more unique than that; there’s worthwhile experimentation going on in some places, including the contributions from singer Jake Foster, who isn’t averse to throwing cool effectage onto his ever-changing split personality of black-metal screecher, piglet-demon and mouth-full-of-Twinkies cave-Orc. Albeit randomly placed, the mellow-down middle part of “Lost Pages” has a Chinese-folk feel to it that’s out of most metal bands’ weight class, as is the bizarre phlange-knob layering during the close of “Stories Through Storms.” A — Eric W. Saeger






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