Pentagram Ring

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The title track from the Pentagram Ring EP is one of the better songs off Chavez's debut LP Gone Glimmering, a twisted bruiser that alternately screeches and jolts. The remainder of the disc is just as solid, if not more so. "The Nerve" (with nice focus on James Lo's proficient trapsmanship) and "You Faded" (a downright nasty blast) would have made excellent additions to the LP, given its short running time of 30 minutes. However, the real motivator for picking this up would be for the inclusion of their debut 7", consisting of "Hack the Sides Away" and "Repeat the Ending." They're both stunning displays of piercing, dynamic math rock, showcasing a band that isn't afraid to let their disparate influences (like Mission of Burma and AC/DC) stick out a little.

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