ACRYLICS: Despair: 7”

“Despair” starts off stompin’, gets artsy-weird, gets a bit thrashy, then backs out in reverse order. “Reassurance” vacillates between full-bore thrash and slower, more structurally complex parts that brood and burn. Sound’s appropriately blown out, the delivery is on point, and a good single is in the offing. –Jimmy Alvarado (Iron Lung)