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Hell-bent On Ripping Rock A New Asshole

This Derry trio is hell-bent on ripping rock a new asshole, and for the large part, they do a damn fine job. Being from Northern Ireland adds a certain irony in having a very American hard rock sound. Any of these cuts could, sonically, come from the Foo’s  'Colour and the Shape', and this really is the album’s strength…it’s not going for the out and out anthems that Foo Fighters mastered on 'In Your Honor'. Instead, this is visceral, aggressive and the whimsy is twisted with subtlety, making tracks such as Everyone Needs a Nemesis and Long Distance undeniable. This album is borne of angst and insecurity, and riffs fidget and verses sputter…and when the choruses erupt, it’s a euphoric relief. With main-man Cahir having been grafted in Ireland’s finest DIY exponents Jetplane Landing, it’s a relief that an album of this size gets a release Stateside.

- Jonathan Falcone, Filter