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Iron Balls of Steel by Loincloth
Released: Jan 2012
Label: Southern Lord
This amusingly titled metal album is the work of three guys from Richmond, Virg., and Raleigh, N.C., but has no amusing lyrics to match -- in fact, there are no lyrics at all. Several of Loincloth's 16 instrumentals are over well before they hit the two-minute mark, and only a couple ("Angel Bait," "Clostfroth") slip briefly into shoegaze atmosphere. Individual tracks never quite function as discrete units, either. But the sonic architecture certainly stays brawny -- marked by grimy guitars, hard-hitting drums and math-doom rhythms that occasionally hint at harmolodic jazz fusion.
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