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Archers of Loaf

Icky Mettle (Merge)

Reunited since January, Chapel Hill, N.C., quartet Archers of Loaf unleashed this first of four LPs well in stride of the band's original tear (1990-1998). Raw as oysters on the half shell, with abrasive, transistor radio production, 1993's Icky Mettle thumps Warp's warpath between lo-fi sad sackery ("You and Me") and shitstorm post-post punk ("Sick File"). The Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest of All Time EP ignites a bonus disc as anthemic as 1977 Clash ("Bathroom"). ****

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