Horseback

Dead Ringers (Relapse)

Metallurgy

As Horseback, North Carolina's Jenks Miller originally walked an experimental black metal path. Now he's wandered so far into the woods he's left headbanging behind. On sixth full-length Dead Ringers, Miller indulges his appetite for electronics and repetition alongside psychedelic excursions. The motorik beat driving "Shape of the One Thing," sedate vocals of "Lion Killer," and dub production tricks of "A Bolt From Blue" replace power chords alongside his knack for memorable melody and six-string frippery. The wandering "In Another Time, in and out of Form" and "Descended From the Crown" recall old glories.

***.5

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