Ritual Device

Trademark of Quality Years

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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier

Recorded live at the Capitol in the band's hometown, Omaha, NE, on April 30, 1994, Trademark of Quality showcases Ritual Device at their rudest and sloppiest -- two of the group's trademark characteristics. In particular, vocalist Tim Moss' near-belligerent muffled vocals (à la David Yow) monopolize the album, including a few moments where he addresses the crowd with unnecessary profanity and outright cathartic antics. Guitarist Mike Saklar, bassist Randy Cotton, and drummer Eric Ebers lay down a dense and equally unkempt foundation of murky, monotone sonic aggression. In sum, this live album complements the group's studio albums, if not surpasses them, as they seem in their realm here, emanating the loose sense of unrefined abandon that their studio albums refine.

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