Coma in Algiers

Happy Forever (A Wicked Company)

Texas Platters

On fourth LP Happy Forever, long-running local noise-rock collective Coma in Algiers keeps the first half of that genre designation as prominent as the second. The sextet joyously slams dissonant chords together, kicking rhythms around and filtering voices through gradations of distortion. Then CiA drafts the skronk and discomfort into actual songs, built from off-kilter riffs, to be sure, but still (more or less) conforming to conventional structures. "February" and "Let's Get Married" bash succinctly as they fray around the edges, while "Meaty Gums" and "Leipzig" simply fuck shit up. Mantra-minded midpoints "Swansea" and "Sexual Beings" screw riffs and groove into the ground without letting repetition become tedium. Making a racket should always be this fun.

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