East of the Wall – Redaction Artifacts

Musically speaking, New Jersey’s East of the Wall are a pretty weird bunch. It might seem that the band deliberately takes on the purpose of perplexing listeners and antagonizing critics alike, because it’s rare to find a review of any of their past releases which doesn’t emphasize just how difficult it is to grasp their sound (our own reviews included). This difficulty stems from a number of factors, not the least of which is the quintet’s off-kilter approach to the three-guitar attack, or their eclectic blend of post-metal, prog, sludge, and post-hardcore. While it seems the band does take pride in this enigmatic nature, it is a role which has thus far taken the backseat to that of, y’know, making killer fucking music. This trend certainly continues on their latest album ‘Redaction Artifacts’.