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Juggling post-hardcore abrasions and indie rock savvy is no easy feat, yet the San Francisco trio Lower Forty-Eight make it sound so easy on their latest offering, the 10-track APERTURES. From the jarring syncopations found on "Afterlie" to the hypnotic grooves laid down in "The Distance of Light", this act's firm grasp on creating dramatic songs is shown through mood-altering dynamic shifts and vast influences coming together at weird intersections. From the raucous yet distraught melodies of "Seventh Sight" and the monolithic "Mass Denial, Massive Guilt" to the lovelorn epic "The Ring", APERTURES is an excellent album for those that miss the days when Quicksand, Jesus Lizard, and Unsane were the darlings of the underground rock scene.
- Mike SOS