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by Philm
Harmonic by Philm
Released: May 2012
Label: Ipecac Recordings
Slayer skinsman Dave Lombardo's project with a prog-metal singer/guitarist and a bassist who's toured with War since 2003 suggests all sorts of wound-too-tight, whisper-to-a-scream '90s alt-metal: Helmet, Tool, Rollins Band, Prong. The din is rhythm-driven, swaying if not swinging; one-note vocal barks get predictably intense, but are often mixed low -- as is the guitar, at first. But it buzzes and spurts trippily in spots, eventually abrading in tantalizing and galvanizing ways when jams turn toward heavy fusion ("Exuberance"), blues-rock ("Mezzanine") and blaxploitation wah-wah ("Amoniac").
Chuck Eddy
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