Medio-core. It’s angular, edgy, dissonant, sometimes melodic – hell, it’s even downright pretty at times (“The Quiet Before”). It seems political; the liner notes contain about as many slogans as a Manic Street Preachers album. It features samples from news broadcasts (about the attack on the World Trade Center, from George W. Bush) and movies (including Pump up the Volume) which seem to offer a critique of the existing power structures and policies in place today, but mostly it’s just musical meandering with little effect and, honestly, why the fuck does a band which is as musically articulate and talented as this need to create a pastiche of samples to convey political intent or speech? There’s not much difference between this and prog rock, although this does have more in common with At The Drive-In than Yes.
–scott (Dim Mak)