NIGHT MOVES

TOOTH­GRINDER

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Noc­tur­nal Mas­quer­ade It’s no sur­prise that the de­but full-length from New Jersey out­fit Tooth­grinder is suf­fused with vi­o­lence. The chaotic, polyrhyth­mic post-hardcore that they in­tro­duced on their Schiz­o­phrenic Ju­bilee EP is present in all its bloody, mind-flay­ing glory; what’s new is not the ag­gres­sion, nor the vis­ceral in­ten­sity, but how won­der­fully it is con­fig­ured and ap­plied. The tone of Noc­tur­nal Mas­quer­ade is sur­pris­ingly dark and gothic for some­thing so tech­ni­cal, more black vel­vet than bloody knuck­les. There is some­thing car­ni­va­lesque about the churn­ing gui­tars and fre­quent tempo changes, some­thing som­nam­bu­lant about how the mo­ments of melody and atonal­ity col­lide. This dream­like qual­ity is fur­ther en­hanced by the way de­sires and ideas col­lide and twist to­gether here, from the al­most sex­ual ur­gency of “Lace & An­chor” to the com­bi­na­tion of wal­low­ing greed and emo­tional be­trayal in “Di­a­monds for Gold.” If you’re sim­ply look­ing for a gutsy, mus­cu­lar piece of well- writ­ten post-hardcore, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed, but there is so much more here for some­one who wants to dig deeper.

(Spinefarm, spine­farm­records.com)

IT’S NOT OF­TEN YOU COME ACROSS A PIECE OF AG­GRES­SIVE POST-HARDCORE WITH A NIGHT MU­SIC, CAR­NI­VA­LESQUE VIBE LIKE THIS.

Drum­mer Wills Weller: When we write mu­sic we don’t have a game plan. This record is dark, it’s sad, it’s an­gry, it’s sex­ual, it’s fu­ri­ous, it’s a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing.

IT’S VERY IN­TER­EST­ING THAT YOU CHOSE TO USE THE WORD “SEX­UAL.” THERE’S DEF­I­NITELY A SENSE OF UR­GENCY, ES­PE­CIALLY IN THE SONG “DI­A­MONDS FOR GOLD.”

“Di­a­monds for Gold” is a great ex­am­ple, be­cause you’re giv­ing up some­thing more pre­cious for some­thing a lit­tle less pre­cious, maybe just for the time be­ing. If you’ve cheated on some­body, you know that one se­cond of gold is not worth the years of di­a­monds that you had, but for some rea­son, you take that leap. And no one talks about this stuff. Yeah, they might talk about their girl­friend, and break­ing up, but some­times they just come right out and say it, and that al­ways doesn’t in­ter­est me. Maybe [the song] hits in a dif­fer­ent way than if I was like, “Yeah, my girl­friend broke up with me.” NATALIE ZINA WALSCHOTS

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