SEASON TO RISK: The Shattering: CD

These Kansas City stalwarts come out swinging with heavy, stop and start rock, accompanied by vocals that sound like they were screamed through a megaphone. It reminds me a lot of Jesus Lizard. The rhythm section is pounding and precise, and the guitar is doing a lot of noisy, discordant stuff over the top of it. The vocals pick up little bits of melody along the way, and the instrumentation gets almost ethereal at points. This is mostly due to the guitars and light use of synthesizer, as the bass and drums stay pounding all the way through. I can’t tell you much about the lyrics, because they’re nowhere to be found. This was produced by Bill Stevenson (Descendents, ALL, Black Flag) and Jason Livermore at Stevenson’s Colorado studio, the Blasting Room. This didn’t really grab me or blow me away, but it’s well executed and has its moments of ferocity that made it interesting. –Dan Yemin

 –guest (Owned & Operated)