Death of Marat

The Shattered

by Mike Pace

 

Naming themselves after the famous painting by Jacques-Louis David has done little to garner reverence for this new Arizona trio, although fans of Unwound and their lesser compatriots will no doubt enjoy this release which brims with your standard alt-art-rock time signatures, jangly distorted guitars, and frustrated vocals (which are particularly annoying during times when the vocalist attempts to actually sings).

Bits of this record are fairly interesting, particularly “Name Your Poison”, which utilizes some screamy vocals to offset the trembly trebly lead vocals (which are particularly annoying), but most of it falls into post-rock ‘n’ roll anonymity, recognized only by particularly irritating vocals. There’s even your stock electronic track, which seems fashionable these days to tag on to your rock record, but it doesn’t do much for this listener, especially with particularly particularly vocals which threaten to ruin an otherwise solidly mediocre post-punk album. To sum it all up, the vocals are particularly annoying.

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Death of Marat

The Shattered

(Satellite Transmissions)

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