CATHOLIC GUILT: Cabin Fever: 7” EP

These Austrian heavies unleash another four stunners on this bit of wax and the world is that much a better place for their efforts. Their core is hardcore of varying tempos, but they aim well above the usual three/four-chord basics and instead turn in tunes more complex in structure and intent—dark, arty, fast where it’s most appropriate, and just flat-out great. Cover looks like the artist, Anthony Christopher, has been hanging out with Nick Blinko. This is the kind of band upon which cults are built. –Jimmy Alvarado (Kim, kim-pop.org)