Monday, June 22, 2015

So Stressed- The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art (2015)

The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art
I decided to revisit So Stressed's 2012 Attracted to Open Mouths prior to writing this, and was surprised at how fresh of a sound it has.  Right from the start the album does a fantastic job of stretching everything out just slightly too long; not so long that it is boring, but just enough that every bit is unsettling.  My biggest complaint with Attracted to Open Mouths was how this tension of sound left after the first couple tracks.

With The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art, So Stressed bring a much more straight-forward noise rock sound to the table.  While I was hoping their follow up would move towards the more harsh and experimental, it does not.  Despite immediate disappointment, So Stressed's album does manage to refine their sound into a polished, cohesive mess that is worth any noise rock fans time.  Unlawful Trade showcases better instrumentation, vocals, production; everything feels refined to a fully-realized sound. 

If you grew up listening to metal but have a taste for noise rock, this is a great album for you to pick up.  Regardless, noise rock fans looking for a solid 2015 album should take a moment to check out their Bandcamp.  Also, it is for sale on cassette, LP, and CD (I think), so support it if you like it.

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