Let's call today "Sumac's Revenge." All the things that gave Irreversible Mechanism the edge over the Aaron Turner project during the first round have come back to haunt the Belarusians in Round 2. This time around, compared to Byzantine, it's IM that wield the heavier sound, and it's IM who feel under-edited and tripped up by self-indulgence and pacing issues. And I swear to god, every time I listen to Infinite Fields, it's like they the arpeggios are multiplying in my sleep. On the other hand, Byzantine's thrashy listenability is immediate and refreshing, progressive without feeling like homework, virtuosic without coming across as wanky. And once again, apparent album length is telling; To Release Is To Resolve feels shorter than Infinite Fields, but is actually four minutes longer. Think that means something?
Tomorrow, we end the week with two very strong bands: The Armed and Fit For An Autopsy. I have no idea what's going to happen!