Thee Oh Sees

Mutilator Defeated at Last (Castle Face)

Thee Oh Sees

Rescinding their intentions, Mutilator Defeated at Last marks Thee Oh Sees' second LP since an announcement in 2013 of indefinite hiatus. Not surprisingly, the San Franciscans' backpedaling remains most welcome. Opener "Web" commences with guitar tones swirling psychedelic, frontman John Dwyer whispering lyrics in a precise, punctuated staccato. Two minutes in, that reservedness gets scrapped as sound engulfs. "Lupine Ossuary" sullies the bluesy palatability of "Turned Out Light," the track's unabashed guitar solos a persistent aural assault. Later, "Holy Smoke" offers a brief instrumental breather, its acoustic 12-string strum evoking Kurt Vile. Nine albums in, the newly downsized trio rolls categorically mind-bending and noisy while sustaining creative novelty. (Sat., 9:30pm, Reverberation Stage)

***.5

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