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Instrumental gold? Absolutely, thanks to the jarring noise rock offerings of Maryland’s Trephine, whose most recent exquisite excursion into the avant-garde generates an eight-track grab bag full of musical treats. What sets this thrill-seeking unit apart from other bands of their ilk is their use of alternative percussion besides the standard guitar, bass, and drum tandem, giving flavor to tracks like “Metal Detector” and “Devil’s Activist”. Well, that and the shredding riffs, the spastic rhythm section, and the utter disregard for normalcy. Trephine’s self-titled affair is fine musical fodder for those audacious sets of ears that have grown weary of the watered down.
- Mike SOS