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A WEREWOLF! – Wonderful Sound, Strange Shape (2017)

Grindcore is a brilliant genre; in fact, just generally, aggressive-tech-metal can be a very rewarding style of music – there’s a furious, electrifying energy captured in the violence of the music, which can ultimately prove tangibly cathartic. However, it’s such that, most often, that same energy is pumped into the creation of darker, angrier music which, without wanting to criticise, is not what listeners seeking a fix of intense, aggressive music always want.
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BISONwar – BISONwar (2017)

Pasadena trio BisonWAR are in interesting territory on their self-titled debut. BisonWAR is a dark album, not least implied by its eerie artwork of a twilit winter forest, but it is not an aggressive album. Like a handful of other math rock greats, the likes of Ativin and Town Portal, the band explore heavier terrains but without diving completely into the metal tier.
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Visuals – Lekker (2017)

One might be forgiven for hearing South Korea's Visuals and expecting a pop-up carnival. In their wild debut Lekker, the band bring together a bounty of lavish staccato-style guitar effects and samples, the sort that give bands like Battles and Adebisi Shank their oddball and fantastical flavors.