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E - E

by Mark Steele Rating:7 Release Date:2016-11-11

Half of the fun in locating a band online is it can seem an event in itself locating them by their name. So much so that there has been confusion on Facebook as what the band 's name actually is. This experimental Boston trio collaboration of guitarist/vocalist Thalia Zedek - Come/Uzi/Live Skull,  second guitarist Jason Sanford - Neptune and Drums Gavin McCarthy - Karate, collectively named 'E', look to express their own viewpoint on the ever growing musical evolution.

The 10-track self-titled album could be a logical progression away from that crafted previously within their own projects, and with just two guitars and a drummer it could be an incendiary ride.

Firing out with great gusto is 'Great Light', a doubled-up overdriven guitar storm barrage, brings in Thalia's Indian raga-like melody with the fella's backing her as though affirming her earthly priestess credentials. The wind-down moment features the fully convicted line "I Command It" over a haunting guitar arpeggio. There is a Psych-Industrial almost a stark stoner musical handling on this album and it seems to defy the years of its creators. Seen with driving incessantly driven guitars on 'Silo' , the drums come across as an advancing army. Thalia's vocals show an anguish of an apocalyptic visionary.

The intro of 'Delicate Fingers' has an incantatory vocal vein pulsing and deepens with the melodic and textural expressions scattered around over a dark tribal drumbeat. The vocals rise up like a warcry and the last chance rush forward from a battle. Small elements of Rage Against Machine and Human Waste Project show up here. Muttered vocal repetitions of 'I Want To Feel Good', lead into a smoking dark garage stomper - a touch B52's in its quirkiness, which is quite danceable for the right feet. Maybe an arbor culturalist's nightmare with 'Treeline', though there is a poised giant hidden within this strong advancing guitar and drums driver.

Off-time quiet to riot guitar riff, galloping drum assault coupled with Thalia's Courtney Love-esque phrasing on 'Regatta', brings back in part a sound not heard for say a decade. A partial bluesy riff similar to Led Zeppelin's 'Nobody's Fault But Mine' meets At The Drive-In has 'Candidate' burning hot and true,  with some political propaganda vocal barking, something about a president in there somewhere. Rumbling drums and guitars screeching away in an angry discordant manner, 'The Archer' has things held by the short and curlies. Vocally, it could easily be Lou Reed fronting a new noise project, it certainly packs a creeping menace.

With 'The Fissure' there is a low-end hypnotic Tool-esque intro that builds harmonically and dynamically into a lively jazzy thumper. Soaring Thalia vocals with spacey chords and a locked-in but loose groove. Bringing us back is the jangly edgy 'Water', with a funky off-beat swagger. The guitars cook away, whilst the drums rumble on in later parts and overridden by the anxious vocals.

E have made a soundtrack to the topsy-turvy reality times we are living in these days. It may not make sense for those who have not woken up yet, but to be honest, the sheer energy tapped into here gives a justification to put this on, when you see things happening that make you go Aaarrgh!

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