Third Harmonic Distortion Ex Animo

Hailing from the Washington, DC has obviously taken its toll on THD. Their Fugazi-like mix of emo-core themes and moods, and swirling epic guitar noodling sounds like something right out of the Dischord catalogue. Yet this quartet's sound is not that derivative. On their third album, we get songs like "Headstrong," a smoking San Diego-style rocker that drives like Jehu, or "Excessive Calm," a six-minute instrumental tester, or the ten-and-a-half minute reworking of Television's "Marquee Moon." All of which demonstrate the band's overriding creative side. These guys aren't simply satisfied to rock hard, they want to make sure we regard and respect them as highly skilled artists as well. (Morphius)