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Released: 14.10.22







Meat Wave; name like a butchers greeting, sound like a butcher’s tenderising mallet.

The Chicago three-piece have never exactly been one for frippery or woolliness, and so they prove again on new album Malign Hex. Relative veterans at this point, the band’s propulsive strain of post-something garage rock remains as blistering and as dogged as ever, and their ear for melody is still cunningly serrated.

Opener Disney might just be the heaviest thing to bear Walts name since THAT scene in Bambi, while Complaint sounds likes a twelve-car pile-up on the highway to hell, and recent single 10k pummels and ricochets like the internal monologue of a cognisant air hockey puck.

On Malign Hex, Meat Wave more than live up to their moniker, offering up a full-blooded tsunami of an album.


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