Vocalist Aaron Montaigne sounds incredibly shrill and frenetic at points on this, the band's debut release, while as a group Antioch Arrow isn't fully there yet, but have a mighty balance of brutishness and artiness working in its corner. The result is a swift but sure release. Seven songs of often-inspired power that transcend the simple bash-and-crash formula too many bands remain stuck in. Montaigne's lyrics are for all purposes flat out illegible, but there's no denying his invigorating, on the edge of sanity approach. His introductory near-squeals on "Teenage Debutant and the Debutant Kid" aren't for the squeamish. When it comes to the music, the group demonstrates their chops throughout, sneaking in a slower and all the more tense movement here, a sudden drop to just high-string bass pluckings there. An early version of "The Fixed Orbit," later re-recorded for a split EP, surfaces here in a massively quick blast of sound. Extra credit for the rant taken from a live show tacked on at the end of the release.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett