This foursome from Seattle gets points for creativity in packaging for sending off their latest in an embroidered cloth cover with cards featuring lyrics and pencil drawings for each song. The five new tracks of grindcore shift from demonic growls to stripped-down melodies and whispered vocals. “Jean-Luc Picard,” of Star Trek fame, is an epic eight-plus minutes, invoking nightmarish Dali landscapes while “Bodhi Zephyr” features an awesome display of speed drumming. However, the muddy sound quality loses the snap and crackle of the tracks. Still, these guys have potential. Keep an eye on ‘em.
–Kristen K (Alive & Breathing, rideintothestorm.com [email protected])