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Allout Helter

"Assume the Imposition" gets things going on Allout Helter's new album with a bracing dose of aggressive rhythms and pointed invective aimed at those who are smug in their ideological framework while society suffers or those who are otherwise complacent, assuming nothing can be done. Related themes run through this collection of raging, refreshingly varied hardcore anthems, which are undergirded with clipped dynamics and a touch of thrash in the guitar work. On "Millennia," the lyrics are surprisingly confessional in their self-examination and self-criticism. "Danny's Gone AWOL," meanwhile, has the same heady pace as the other tracks, but there's an unresolved sense of loss in the vocals that gives it a surprising depth. The pacing on "Darkest Days," which closes the album, recalls Embrace's "No More Pain." Sinking, We Regress is thought-provoking and incisive.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.