400 BLOWS: Angel: CD

New hard tightness from this LA band who also puts on some of the best shows I’ve seen lately. I’ve described them before as Black Flag Sabbath: heavy, heavy dark riffs, math beats, some fuzz through big amps—although no bass guitar—and higher vocals swimming over it all. Catchy quickness sharing time with moody sludge. Awesome. The Blows could appeal to metalheads but it’s also too confusing calculus (a la Ruins from Japan) for hessians. They’ve played with varied bands as The Fuse!, High On Fire, Fleshies, and The Locust. All makes sense to me.

 –mike (GSL)