RITUAL CLEARING: Self-titled: CS

I bought this tape because Brian from They And The Children is in this band and I trust his musical sensibilities very deeply. The first few minutes of this tape, I thought, “Yep, this is exactly what I expected” in a very self-satisfied way because it’s a truly punishing tape. But it’s also very surprising in some ways, for sure leaning on that USBM genre that has clearly been one of the central ways of describing the band but also with some really deep New England hardcore influences. What’s truly amazing is that the shortest song on here is over five minutes—the rest are above seven. I have no ability to understand the absolute stamina that this takes and I am so stoked to see it. Will be in heavy rotation. –Theresa W. (Eternal Death)