Editors’ Notes On Texas in July's second album, One Reality, Chris Davis—the replacement for founding guitarist Logan Maurer—joined the Lancaster, Pa.–based post-hardcore quintet. On the group's eponymous third full-length, we hear a more confident and comfortable Davies trying out new approaches, right from the minute-long intro, “Initiate,” where big, chilling walls of effected guitar noise fall and crumble like arctic sheets. It serves as a fuse that detonates “Cry Wolf,” a bludgeoning assault of metalcore rhythms contrasted by some of the most progressive guitar work to grace the genre since Between the Buried and Me. “Shallow Point” sets the band’s bar of brutality higher than ever before, with stormy, blustering guitars and what could be drummer Adam Gray’s hardest-hitting performance recorded yet. “Without a Head” is an appropriate title for a song in which frontman Alex Good relentlessly screams his face off. Hints of a record collection peppered with thrash-metal surface in “Bed of Nails,” but even among the scribbled guitar distortion, the vacuum-tight arrangements are too progressive to fully succumb to thrash.

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