While the untangling of duality -- awe and anguish, faith and fraud, hope and horror -- is hardly a new artistic exercise, such rich questioning is rarely attempted in the form of a six song EP. Performing the duties of both architect and builder, Zach Gehring (of beloved Virginia-based Mae acclaim) has designed an exorcism vehicle, the aptly-titled moniker Demons, and allowed often-at-odds voices the opportunity to speak. Decidedly heavier and more aggressive than previous projects, Demons took stylistic cues from the likes of many influential bands that have shaped Gehring as a musician. Traces of Spiritualized, Pedro The Lion, The Afghan Whigs, and Mudhoney can be found throughout and we bare witness as moments of sonic accessibility lose footing and spiral into heavy and brooding responses with little warning. Gehring's fragile vocals transition into angst-ridden bellows and words from the same speaker argue back and forth across the tracklisting. The result is <i>Great Dismal</i>, an oxymoronic battle of declarations, withholdings, distortion, and clarity -- a tussle of the psyche examined through opposing dynamics.
Fantastic effort by Appleseed Cast yet again. While there aren't any major standout tracks, there really doesn't need to be, as the entire album suffices as the standout. Time The Destroyer is the most unique and heavy, but at the same time seems a bit reserved still. Looking forward to seeing them play these songs live. Scott A Smith
it can be difficult for artists to release an Untitled album - it will most certainly be a more loose and abstract piece. they set out with that in mind and damn if it doesn't slap put in the name for your bandcamp