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Sever the Wicked Hand (eOne Music)

"I live by my mistakes," exhorts Kirk Windstein on "Isolation (Desperation)," opening dirge on this NOLA quartet's ninth blunt-force trauma. Thrashing title track, Layne Staley bog vox and quicksand melodies ("Let Me Mourn"), plus Sad Wings of Destiny guitar harmonies on "As I Become One" peak on piano chant "A Farewell to Misery," bearing Testament onto "Protectors of the Shrine." Emotional re-souling: "Echo an Eternity." (Fri., 10:35pm, Dirty Dog Bar)

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