Sandrider 

Godhead

I always figured proper grown-ups listened to stuff like classical and jazz as background music for getting work done. I need something that's soothing and motivating to block out office chatter; but come on, it's also gotta have some teeth to it. Enter sludgy rock, like the kind on Sandrider's new album, Godhead, released in mid-November on Good to Die Records.

I hope that doesn't make this Seattle trio (and Total Fest favorite) sound watered-down. Rather, Godhead's crashing waves of percussion underlie ripping, step-on-the-gas guitar riffs and vocals that roar, but never shriek. It's like a good, muscular massage for your brainwaves.

Sandrider can get short and snappy when it wants to, like the two-minute "Scalpel" and its endearing chant, "This is my lucky pencil! This is my sharpest pen!" Others, like the album's title song, coast into nearly seven minutes. Either way, the 10 powerful tracks on Godhead don't wear out their welcome soon; you need only set it to "repeat" and sit back.

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