RULE OF THIRDS: Self-titled: 7”

Australia’s Rule Of Thirds Sits in a weird but comfortable spot on the Video Disease roster. I was expecting balls-to-the-wall variety hardcore, and what I got was a heavy dose of “g” (as opposed to) d-beat. They would definitely fit in with bands like Moral Hex or Cemetery—lots of spooky, tom-heavy slow parts building to a more cut-and-dry straightaway. The “in the red” recording style lends quite a bit of favor, making for a grittier sound without sacrificing clarity. The B-side, “Altar,” would do Nick Cave proud, with a lengthy slow jam full of organ and deep vocals. Very solid and unexpected release.

 –Adam Mullett (No Patience, nopatience.org / Video Disease, videodiseaserecords.com)