ÂGE NOIRE: Le Grand Sommeil: CS

Really beautiful custom cardboard cover that is either misleading or effective, depending on how you look at it. This cassette from a two-piece hailing from Saint Carreuc, France was mastered by Will Killingsworth of Orchid at his Dead Air Studios in Massachusetts. All of this comes together to produce a ripping and mysterious nine-song experiment in the limits of hardcore, replete with trumpets, touchy rhythms, and dark vocals. It’s challenging without the clarity and precision of something like Off Minor or Coalesce but, overall, is a testament to how unruly two people can get. –Theresa W. (Nerdcore, nerdcorerecords.blogspot.com)