February 22, 2001

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The expansive, haunting soundscapes on this album’s three tracks — each of which is over 15 minutes long — make this an auspicious debut. The creepy monologue that opens the album sets the dire tone early: “We are trapped in the belly of this horrible machine/ and the machine is bleeding to death.” The nine-piece band accents this apocalyptic mood with violin, cello, three guitars, and a truly insane rhythm section. The best composition is the half-hour closer, “Providence,” which shifts from moments of almost holy beauty to some of the most intense guitar rock ever to assault eardrums.

Archived article by Ed Howard