TOWERS: Bel Air Highrise Plantation: CS

Harsh and atonal guitar parts cascading over plodding drums and multi-layered vocal beratement. The best features combine the heaviness of bands like Botch, the schizophrenic time changes of Gasp, and the ear-shattering, non-musical classification of Realicide. I’m a little troubled by the song titles to “Orange County Final Solution” and “The Southern California Hajj,” which offer no explanation, let alone lyrics, and appear to be surreptitious, so I’ll hold onto my reservations about Towers intentions for the time being.–Juan Espinosa (Forward Fast / Sonic Mystics, sonicmystics.com)