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    Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:00:07

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    Heavy UK experimental wizards elevate the entire game on fifth full-length album.

    Rolo Tomassi make the kind of heavy music that really gets listeners thinking. They've expanded the experimental expanse of their dynamically deadly sound on their fifth full-length album, Grievances [Ipecac]. As a result, they've created a rich body of work that raises the bar for the genre as a whole. That's our First Reaction to the new record out July 10.

    This is really the first time that the Sheffield, UK quintet—Eve Spence [lead vocals], James Spence [lead vocals, synths], Chris Cayford [guitar], Nathan Fairweather [bass], and Tom Pitts [drums]—has enjoyed a proper release stateside, and it's via Mike Patton's own Ipecac. If you're a fan (even casually) of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Architects, or The Mars Volta, get ready to become a disciple of Rolo Tomassi.

    The most stunning aspect of the record's twelve songs is the controlled unpredictability of it all. The band can seamlessly snap from a vicious polyrhythmic neck-breaker like the opener "Estranged" into the spacey dirge of "Raumdeuter" where the vocal harmonies evoke David Lynch scenes and the music trudges with the distinct calm of a killer. These seemingly disparate elements never grind up against each other, either. Rather, they work in unison for a distinct focused blast of force. "Opalescent" gets dreamy, expanding those sonic soundscapes with heavenly vocals from Eve punctuated by her brother James's synth swells. The familial chemistry can't be denied, especially when delivered via the deft guitar, bass, and drum assault at the band's core.

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