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✦✦✦✧ The Long Island quartet’s third album is definitely the band’s best work yet: it’s much like its predecessor Crux, but tweaked and improved in almost every important way. The band’s trademark blend of bluesy hard rock and extreme metal sensibilities is very much intact here, but with more conventional and energizing choices in songwriting. The result is a sound that is slightly less jarring, but still unique and unmistakable, with hints of Good Tiger, Entombed, and half a dozen late-stage grunge acts I could name. Also, special shoutout to guitarist Nick Lee, who turns in the most inventive riffs I’ve heard all year. I think we’ll be seeing this name a lot in a bunch of Best Of lists come December.