Sell Out

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Despite a three-year absence and having replaced half the band, Pist-On's second album, 1999's Sell Out, shows little change over its predecessor. Once again, the band creates a fairly unique combination of heavy, plodding guitars and depressing lyrics and melodies. Overall, the record is a little more cohesive than their debut, as the band generally abandon vocal harmonies and allow singer Henry Font to take center stage. "Rest'"and "When I Go" achieve an interesting effect with interweaving guitar and vocal textures, and deceptively tame numbers such as "31 Degrees" and "Need to Know" slowly build in intensity toward inspired climaxes. The fantastic closer "Waiting to Die" is both unbearably morbid and utterly compelling -- a combination that will make Pist-On very interesting to any fan of inventive heavy music.

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