FOUR STROKE BARON

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Album Reviews -

Planet Sil­ver Screen

PROS­THETIC Ne­vada desert-based rock­ers weave their own sonic path This record opens with jazzy sax, but per­se­vere! Be­yond lies a blend of styles that tran­scends clas­si­fi­ca­tion. This trio re­leased their de­but LP in 2015 – a genre-bend­ing prog me­tal epic with rich post-punk un­der­tones. Here, they reaf­firm their com­mit­ment to this eras­pan­ning amal­gam. Weav­ing 80s post-punk vo­cals into wall-shak­ing riffs and shapeshift­ing tem­pos, the tracks sug­gest Mastodon drunk on wine and The Cure. Of course, with­out sharp song­writ­ing the con­cept would die on the vine, but catchy hooks and hummable cho­ruses abound. In­ven­tive and sub­tly af­fect­ing, this is weird in all the right ways.

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