XETAS: The Cypher: LP/CD

This third long player from Xetas finds the band in its usual bombastic mood, pushing fiery noise rock down a number of musical cul de sacs to take in post-punk, hardcore, and even hints of the Skids and Black Sabbath on the way. Opening track, “The Doctor,” sparks into life with a Big Black burst of guitar that prickles the skin before bursting into a tumultuous cacophony, resulting in an extremely powerful statement of intent. Not content with thrashing the life of songs, the trio manages to hit some dark and brooding moments too, all enhanced by having three vocalists in the band. The Cypher is a great example of a noise rock album which refuses to keep within any defined boundaries. This is a stunning album. –Rich Cocksedge (12XU, [email protected], 12XU.net)