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Transistor Transistor
Erase All Name and Likeness (Level Plane)

By: Mike SOS

This New Hampshire based quartet, who recorded with underground guru Kurt Ballou for their debut 11-track sojourn, skillfully walk the line between schizo punk rock and nubile screamo hardcore. Erase All Name and Likeness is a rollicking, chaotic affair churning with dissonance and aggression, as the introductory one-two punch of "Kill the Head" and "And the Body Will Die" emphatically suggests. While melodic passages can be found on tracks like "Songsanstitle" and the epic closing cut "Sinking Ship Full of Optimists", most of the time, these songs are accented with bitter blasts of distortion or anguished screams. Spending time in hardcore bands gives these noise merchants a strong sense of dynamics, yet Transistor Transistor's sonic swagger falls most in line with The Bronx or Bars in terms of unloading a no nonsense rock fury. Everything from Black Flag to Every Time I Die to Amen is featured here, and in such a way that's it's impossible to ignore.
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