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Chicago-based group Without Waves presents a pulsating metal assault with a musical outpouring that is all over the map on their eight-track debut SCAB PLATTER. With influences ranging from Dillinger Escape Plan to Isis to Intronaut to Devin Townsend running rampant, this quartet demonstrates a penchant for experimentation while managing to administer a skillfully developed bludgeoning attack chock full of intriguing twists and turns (“Tradition of Fear”). Surprisingly accessible for a band that dabbles in such a wide variety of styles, Without Waves throws in everything from ominous atmospherics (“Dhyana”) to snippets of spoken word weirdness (“{pieta}”), to blistering off-kilter brutality (“Scab Platter”) tailor-made for the adventurous extreme metal ear. -Mike SOS
- Mike SOS