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Album Review: •• by Pound

Seattle duo Pound return with their sophomore album •• released on 31st May via Silent Pendulum Records. Pound’s upcoming second album is a tour-de-force that makes entirely new magic out of the formulas put forth on 2018’s self-titled debut. Pound’s debut wowed with its exuberant mix of chaos and groove, but on •• the songs power forward with new, unshakable strength and efficiency.

Pound consists of guitarist Ryan Schutte and drummer David Stickney. In Schutte’s words, the pair are driven by “the same mission as always – to get better at our instruments and push ourselves as musicians.” New album •• is a stunning document of that mission in action.

Pound’s gear is as unique as its sound: Schutte plays a baritone 9-string guitar and Stickney plays two drumkits, positioned at a 90-degree angle. In the absence of other instruments, the listener can fully absorb every detail of the duo’s playing. Both musicians play as though their instruments are literally their voices.

This is an album that must be heard to be believed. It’s all odd time riffing and devastatingly heavy grooves lurching from one extreme to the other. It booms and pulverises the listener into submission. Let’s be honest, this isn’t an easy listen – even for the hardened Pound fan you must be in the right frame of mind to cope with the sound, this isn’t an anytime of the day record. In fact we’re not sure if there’s any point of time that is ready for this.

That said it’s utterly captivating and immediate from the first pulverising punches of ‘x-.+.+.x-.+.x-.x-.+’ right through to ‘x_–_+_–_x_–.+_–_x_–+_–‘. Yeah, they don’t even give you a break with the song titles. There’s no accessible entry point, just put your hard hat on and get stuck in. This is mathcore done to the extreme and it’s delicious.

AD Rating 8/10

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