Sun Dies, Blood Moon
Label: Razor & Tie
The most intriguing parts of these Christian Georgians' sixth album are the three times they turn into a noise band orchestrating metal machine music: opener "Hive Minds"; halftime show "Sword in Mouth, Fire Eyes" before some hypnotic meditation instructions get sampled in; and the final five minutes or so of false-stopping 14-minute closer "Sun Dies, Blood Moon." The rest of the album is a metalcore headache, occasionally unorthodoxly structured but most always hyperventilating with smoke billowing out its ears. So as Cory Brandan screams in the title track: "Careful not to cut yourself!!"