Here’s the thing about most noise rock bands: they’re usually not very good. They tend to be overindulgent, static-ridden ejaculations of distortion and reverb that more often than not fail to distinguish themselves from
their other mediocre peers.
APTBS has long been soldiering the noise rock cause, and the weariness of their efforts has shown through in Transfixiation, as the songs in it are not ones to be enjoyed and/or danced to. Songs such as “Fill the Void” are little more than a sad plea to be included in the soundtrack of a David Fincher film. “We’ve Come So Far” still has the obligatory crackle of static opening the number, but it does manage to give a listenable hook for us to grab onto, despite the vocals sounding like they were recorded in a high school gymnasium.
Transfixiation is a gallant attempt at doing something relevant in a time where the weight music carries is often manufactured and overhyped.
Rating: 4 out of 12 cans of PBR!