Concentrick Aluminum Lake

Concentrick Aluminum Lake

As a member of Nation of Ulysses and the Fucking Champs, guitarist/producer Tim Green has been responsible for some classic post-hardcore and indie metal but his solo debut as Concentrick is a hit-and-miss affair. Taking the instrumental route of his Champs work, Aluminum Lake successfully offers much of the same guitar-based arena jams but counters them with flaccid, new age missteps. Opener "Waterfall” is one such error, as its washes of bad synths would sound more at home in a day spa. Fortunately, tracks like "White Bear” and "Sacred Texts” redeem with some balls-out riffing. While Aluminum Lake will likely satisfy obsessive Green fans, casual listeners will prefer the Champs’ VI, released earlier this year. (Drag City)