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Murder by Death: Red of Tooth and Claw

[Vagrant Records]

April 14, 2008  |  6:12pm
Murder by Death: Red of Tooth and Claw

Neo-Gothsters invoke Midwestern furies

This impeccably named Indiana quartet’s fourth album brims with classic Middle American imagery of death and revenge festering amidst hope for redemption. The band animates these themes with a cinematic approach to structure and melody, part Arcade Fire and part early Radiohead, all anchored by singer Adam Turla’s molasses drawl. The songs follow a loose storyline that sometimes threatens to collapse under the severity of its own ambition. Regardless, the album triumphs on the sheer energy of the band’s performances—every one of them swirling, unapologetic tours-de-force.

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