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More than ever sounding like Poison the Well's little brother, Twelve Tribes dishes out 12 sizable slabs of majestic metalcore on their latest effort MIDWEST PANDEMIC. Factor in some memorably cascading Killswitch choruses ("History Versus the Pavement"), some seething anger that's half-Hatebreed, half-Downset ("Pagan Self Portrait"), and the confidence to sprinkle dashes of heavy music experimentation in for good measure, and this Ohio quintet has single-handedly set the motion forth to take metalcore back from the mall and put it on the road, in the studio, and reattach it to the brain. Thank your lucky stars for this group, as their contribution breathes new life to a genre mired in redundancy and content with complacency.
- Mike SOS