Taint Secrets And Lies

Taint Secrets And Lies
Album number two for Wales-based Taint finds the band more interesting than their moderately passable debut proved. What’s weird though is that while Secrets And Lies is a step up for the band, it’s also incredibly erratic and disjointed. Maybe that’s what makes it so interesting. It’s like hearing a bunch of confused music nerds deconstruct their favourite albums with a hammer and blowtorch. Delving further into the sludgy low-end and cacophonous verses that define obvious influences such as Neurosis, the band take on a slightly rougher edge, production-wise, thereby offering up tastes of dirtier bands like High On Fire and Baroness. Not content to be thrust into that category though, they create songs such as "Born Against Nihilist,” which has a decidedly post-punk twist. Elements of Hot Water Music start to rear their ugly head via intricate song structures and a more emotional, cathartic delivery. However, while Taint are clearly going through a bit of a personality crisis, they are successful in translating that into invigorating songs. By laying down all of these influences over a distinct punk’n’roll backbone quite similar to the direction taken by Zeke on their last studio effort, Secrets And Lies is enjoyable for its energised bouts of ADD. (Candlelight USA)