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CD Review: Die! Die! Die! “Harmony”

Harmony is the fourth album by New Zealand’s Die! Die! Die! who, as their name would suggest, are often referred to as punk rockers or noise artists, though with their last two releases, it’s safe to say they’ve outgrown these nomers and situated themselves in a category that is much less simple to define.

 

“Oblivious, Oblivion” starts the album with a whirlwind of guitars. There is great depth and layering of fuzzy and distinct elements. The frenetic rhythm is balanced by the comparatively patient lead bassline/guitar. This song is a great example of the transistor-y feel and complex push/pull, patient/impatient nature of the album overall, which is at times paced, at times frenzied.