Ancient VVisdom

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Deathlike (Prosthetic)

Had Townes Van Zandt formed a metal band, Ancient VVisdom would've backed him. On the Austin trio's second LP, minor key melodies marinate in rattling acoustic strums and plush power chords, creating the perfect backdrop for Nathan Opposition's furrowed-brow ruminations on death, rebirth, and the nature of good and evil. "Waiting to Die," "Never Live Again," and the nearly jaunty "Death or Victory" add some backbeat for spice, while "The Last Man on Earth" gives voice to Satan's spaghetti Western. ***

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