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  • There’s so much right with this album that to pen a truly complete review would be damn near impossible. The tribal rhythms the two percussionists pound out are drumming perfection (in a stroke of production genius, there is a different drummer panned into each headphone). This kind of rhythmic complexity is rarely found in heavy metal. The riffs are outstanding, and this band’s use of tone and timing are unique. There’s swampy sludge, cold hearted thrash, and moving hints of post rock shoegazing deftly mixed throughout the record. Vocalists/Guitarists Laura Pleasants and Philip Cope trade off soaring melodies and throaty bellowing, and the result is usually spine tingling. I can’t say enough about this record. If you are a fan of Mastodon, Baroness, Pelican, Red Sparrowes, The Melvins or sludgy, atmospheric heavy music of any kind, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. I can honestly say I’ve played it at least once all the way through every day for the last month and a half…and I have no plans to stop this routine.

    Posted on December 20, 2009