Enemies Against Power
Australian Cattle God Records

The first minute of Enemies Against Power has this duo singing in a soulful, anthemic manner. In that brief moment, it’s unclear what sort of blues rock or pop punk might be approaching. But then stormy riffs begin to burble from Hozoji Matheson-Margullis’ guitar, slowly eating away at an otherwise even soundscape. It’s like when the sun begins to set in a horror flick, setting the stage in anticipation of something unyielding and powerful about to make itself known. And it does.

What emerges is a full album of burnt power chords churning against militant drum beats. Matheson-Margullis and drummer Justine Valdez share the vocals, and their voices are fitful combinations of barbed smokiness and glacial placidity. “Made with Love” is by far the most intriguing track, stocked full of roiling growls, unabashed false harmonics and tempos that grind into slow motion. “Heart of Filth” is ascending guitar scales beat back by a kick pedal hailstorm. Even in “Unspeakable Truths,” when they soften their tone, the atmosphere remains unsympathetic. (Erika Fredrickson)

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