LOVE BELOW, THE: Every Tongue Shall Caress: LP

This record is a constantly changing, surprising, and evolving rotation of sounds. The songs are some bastard mix of punk and sludge, and the two sounds play off of each other at the same time rather than taking turns to force an eclectic sound. There are equal parts Born Against, His Hero Is Gone, Floor, and even some Dropdead-esque riffs for good measure, but it doesn’t sound like piles of sounds thrown together. It’s all very well thought out and the songs are structured with creativity and precision. The time changes are spot-on and legitimately catch me off guard, making for an interesting listen over and over again. I like that the vocals are on the higher end and sound a little out of place, considering how heavy the band is.

 –Ian Wise (A389, a389records.com)