CASSUS: Separation Anxiety: LP

I’ve held a strict no-screamo stance since I got over my teenage scene phase, but this band fucking shreds. Cassus has restored my faith in the genre with their latest release, Separation Anxiety. A slick booklet pairs each song’s lyrics with a colorful abstract painting, turning listening to this album into an all-encompassing experience. This LP reminds me more of Converge or Botch than Underoath, which for me is a positive. I just wish these guys had been around when I was in high school so I could have been spared the shame of being a From First To Last fangirl. Major props to Cassus for making me a born-again believer. -Simone Carter (IFB, [email protected], ifbrecords.com)