Porcelain (Geffen Records)
By: Mike SOS
Sparta's sophomore effort is a glistening display of post hardcore brilliance, as Porcelain showcases the El Paso quartet rolling up its collective sleeve and dishing out some of the most elegantly displayed anger this side of Radiohead. Traces of early U2 and Fugazi can also be traced across the entire 14-track collection, as the shimmering "Death in the Family" yields more angst that ten hardcore bands could muster while "Breaking the Broken" dually showcases a vibrant wall of sound and a graceful delivery. Jim Ward and crew still show the remnants of At the Drive In (especially on the coarse "Splinters"), yet do so without bastardizing the mystique. For a dosage of breathtaking hardcore, look no further than the aptly titled Porcelain.
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