in·ter a·li·a [Color Vinyl] (LP)


At The Drive-In

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Amoeba Review

05/03/2017

Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodríguez-López and the rest of At the Drive-In have kept plenty busy since their breakup in 2001. The members’ various other projects took the band’s sound into a number of directions, whether it was The Mars Volta’s sprawling prog-rock or Sparta’s streamlined post-hardcore. But it turns out that reuniting and re-recording is the best thing the band’s members could have done to more forward musically. Under the At the Drive-In moniker, Bixler-Zavala and Rodríguez-López’s artier tendencies are reined in, and the band delivers kind of punchy but insanely intricate three-minute rock songs they do so well once again on in·ter a·li·a. “No Wolf Like the Present” begins the album at the breakneck pace that it impressively maintains for its duration, with Rodríguez-López and Keeley Davis wrapping power chords in jagged, razorwire riffs, and bassist Paul Hinojos drummer Tony Hajjar keeping things only as contained as they need to be. Bixler-Zavala shines on “Continuum,” pairing his primal howl with a heavily effected, nearly spoken word delivery, continuing to defy tradition at every turn. Though in·tera·li·a is more of a non-stop assault than anything, shades of beauty come out in the angular, chorused guitars of “Torrentially Custhaw” and melodic lines of “Pendulum in a Peasant Dress,” while the latter of which features Bixler-Zavala’s at his most encylopediac. Anyone worried that At the Drive-In might return in a watered-down form will be happy to find that with in·ter a·li·a, quite the opposite is true.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
No Wolf Like The Present
At The Drive-In 03:39
2.
Continuum
At The Drive-In 04:02
3.
Tilting At The Univendor
At The Drive-In 03:26
4.
Governed By Contagions
At The Drive-In 03:27
5.
Pendulum In A Peasant Dress
At The Drive-In 03:41
6.
Incurably Innocent
At The Drive-In 03:26


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Call Broken Arrow
At The Drive-In 04:11
2.
Holtzclaw
At The Drive-In 03:49
3.
Torrentially Cutshaw
At The Drive-In 03:12
4.
Ghost-Tape No. 9
At The Drive-In 04:15
5.
Hostage Stamps
At The Drive-In 03:53

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