Does saying that an album sounds as slick and professional as major-label fare constitute faint praise or the real kind? In the case of Glyphic, which hosts a Friday, May 22, CD-release party at the Gothic Theatre co-starring Random Hero, Fulcrum, Cypher and Four to Go, it's a little of both. No denying that the band's brand of indie/emo/whatever is sonically effective thanks to Ryan Trificana's ardent baying and melodic guitar chugging of the sort that decorates "Plastic Girl" and the title cut. But the songs stick so rigidly to the Warped Tour-approved blueprint that distinguishing them from tunes by other skilled but distinction-free bands on their wavelength ain't easy. Not that success is impossible. After all, originality can be an even tougher sell.


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