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Sickhouse (Primitive Records)

By: Jeb Branin

Yet another winner from those post hardcore heavyweights, IVET. Their sound is thick and churning with restraint shown in some places and reckless abandon shown in others. The emo crowd is going to flip for this yet the hardcore crowd is going to find enough familiarity in the sound to relate to it as well. All the tunes are well crafted and executed with precision. The band's last recording "Failure Boy" was tight but this one is airtight. It is a nice step forward for the band and should give their fans plenty to feel good about while turning a few heads in an industry that has pretty much ignored them. Track three on the CD is a tune called "Soldier" and this one song seems to encapsulate the IVET magic and sound. It is alternatingly mild and mean, heavy and smooth, intense and mellow. The lyrics are deliciously esoteric and poetic but are not indecipherable either. It's a great tune. The band even let their sense of humor show through the pain and anguish of their delivery a bit on the hidden track which is a hysterical midi medley of "Failure Boy."
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