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Anyone amazed by the amount of racket the White Stripes can generate with just two members will be positively flattened by Adai's latest — an EP recorded and self-released in 2006 that's now getting national distribution. With assistance from producer Kurt Ballou (whose credits include work with Genghis Tron), guitarist/vocalist Devin Mendoza and drummer Justin Trujillo create a metallic mash of undeniable power. "The March" stomps across a figurative battlefield in a steady rain of grandiose riffs and cymbal splashes, while "A Mark of Ownership" and "Hawkins" explode with dynamic calculations that would do any math-rocker proud. Granted, Mendoza's occasional vocal growls don't qualify as distinctive, but this flaw is hardly fatal, since the two wreak such havoc instrumentally. They're noisemakers of a different stripe.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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