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EmptyMansions
snakes/vultures/sulfate - RIOT HOUSE
FILTER Grade: 77%

By Ken Scrudato on April 12, 2013

 

EmptyMansions

Having survived the most zeitgeisty band of the new millennium, Sam Fogarino’s Interpol hiatus project makes no small work of distancing itself from the mothership. Strident single “Lyra,” if anything, recalls the ferocity and dissonance of the best Pixies tracks; “FTC” exhibits all the ominous brutality of Killing Joke. Throw in a few Zeppisms, and it’s virtually a metal record—which his snarl is actually well suited to. It’s also a drummer’s record, as even with ripping licks by guitar virtuoso Duane Denison, it’s the pounding of the skins that makes the album really pop.

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