DEATH BY ARMBORST: Salome: CD-R

Just as I was about to relegate this disc to the bottom of my review stack based on the color photocopied art and hand-printed CD-R, something told me to give it a spin. Boy, am I glad I did, as this release is easily one of the best things I have heard in months. The band’s sound is hard to pin down. Apt comparisons are failing me—surely a sign that something good is going on here. Tempos are brisk and the overall feel is heavy in a non-metallic way, though the guitarist isn’t afraid to toss an incendiary lead into the mix at any given time. Robert Smith fronting Rise Against? Not exactly, but not totally off base either. Somehow this is more compelling that it might sound. Totes recommended. 

 –Garrett Barnwell (Suicide)