(Cuneiform)

Compared to Massacre by several quotes in the press sheet, I’d rather say that this street fighting trio is a raw minimalist version of Forever Einstein with some Doctor Nerve spice (well, yes – some Massacre too, but the alchemy of Frith, Laswell and Maher is obviously technically superior; better using Naked City – minus the screaming – as distant reference). Drummer Sean Dail, guitarist Shane Perlowin and bassist Derek Poteat can play, though – and their energetic drive is something to be heard, a real breath of fresh air in the avant rock canon. Taking their name from a fusion of a Charlie Parker tune and the revolutionary Zapatistas, Ahleuchatistas play a sweaty corrosion of a trio’s uncommon places, privileging intelligent rage and channeled fury to smash fractured rhythms and skeletal angular themes to even smaller smithereens. The instrumental combinations revolve more or less around the same colours, but this has to be considered a value, as the bone-crunching rough maths of these kids from North Carolina constitutes their own style, which shows many things to appreciate.

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