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Brings The Pain In Fine Style

Conjures up memories of Sonic Youth at their most dissonant and spectral, briefly invoking the ghost of Radiohead present before exploding into a ferociously heavy climax.

Let Our Enemies Beware combine energetically unhinged post-hardcore pummelling and moody post-rock atmospherics. The excellently titled "Fools! Philistines! Heretics And Whores!" is perhaps the album's stand-out track, sounding not unlike a cross between Hot Snakes and Isis, with singer Adam really losing the plot in the manner of Mike Patton channeling John Lydon. "Noise Equals Death" cranks up the band's sludgier side, while "Between Us And The Sun" conjures up memories of Sonic Youth at their most dissonant and spectral, briefly invoking the ghost of Radiohead present before exploding into a ferociously heavy climax. Elsewhere "I'm Not Laughing I'm Choking" offers the kind of bass rumbling meltdown that Part Chimp specialises in. Occasionally a tad on the ponderous side, on the whole 'Against Karate' brings the pain in fine style.

7/10

Taste Test: Fools! Philistines! Heretics And Whores!, Personal Space Invaders, I'm Not Laughing I'm Choking

For fans of: Isis, Part Chimp, And So I Watch You From Afar

- The Irish News

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