The Courier-Mail

AES­THE­SIS DEAD LET­TER CIR­CUS

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There’s a lot of garbage fauxmetal out there. Take a cur­sory glance at rage on a Satur­day night and you’ll in­vari­ably en­ter a half-hour vor­tex of shirt-grab­bing mock-rock we thought we got rid of when The But­ter­fly Ef­fect’s Clint Boge was po­litely shown the door. DLC es­cape that cat­e­gory be­cause of their song­writ­ing chops. In Plain Sight is a bit Jeep ad, The Burn­ing Num­ber goes toe-to-toe with Deftones circa ‘97 then Show Me Up shoves ev­ery­thing out of the way so Kim Ben­zie’s mid-range vox can glide through, even­tu­ally let­ting Luke Wil­liams’ lux­u­ri­ous drum fills in. X needs more of an X fac­tor. A bet­ter ti­tle than Aes­the­sis would bor­row from Daniel Clowes’ un­set­tling novel: Like a Vel­vet Glove Cast In Iron. / MC

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