Syracuse, NY's Dialysis offer up their debut LP, titled Pretty Men, which features 20 tracks encompassing the band's eccentric, punk- and hardcore-infused grind that also incorporates elements of noise and thrash metal. The album follows a split with Bleak and two seven-inch releases, but Pretty Men finds Dialysis taking their wacky, experimental approach a step further with saxophone and samples added to the mix.
The album starts with the title track, which features breakneck drumming, discordant yet catchy riffs and agonized shouting vocals. The staccato rhythms carry on throughout the bizarre noise of "Hard Shapes," while tracks like "Mass Die Off Engage" and "Bacterial Mind" are short, hysterical blasts of fast and visceral chaos.
Between these manic tracks, and ones that are purely samples, are songs that really showcase the band's diverse palette. "Colony Collapse" features pronounced use of saxophone, while "Cancellation Prize" contains powerful sludgy tones. Tongue-in-cheek lyrics also add to the quirkiness here, incorporating humour into the unorthodox and absurd Pretty Men, which is otherwise bursting with angst. (Hex Records)