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River Black — River Black

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★☆☆ This mostly-Burnt-By-The-Sun not-a-supergroup (also featuring ex-members of Municipal Waste and Revocation) is some nasty business. It’s first and foremost a tour of various kinds of aggression and swagger (evocative at times of Norma Jean, Entombed, and Sepultura at their punkiest). This, the band’s eponymous debut, is a weighty chunk of red meat without any filler. Then again, it can’t lay claim to much subtlety or dynamicism either. Also, I have to call out the ridiculously compressed production.