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Pentagram Ring, continúa al debut Chávez ‘Gone Glimmering’, las baterías de James Lo tambores llevan la artillería pesada – menos maniática que en ‘Gone..’ pero no menos abrasiva. Matt Sweeney y Clay Tarver hacen nuevamente uso de su lucha-de-guitarras con heavy-distortions y brisas de serpenteadas notas. Las vocales de Matt se mantienen sobre un pulido borde entre la dulzura angelical y la angustia ronca.

Las nuevas pistas muestran muy bien la mística de Chávez. “The Nerve”, fluye a través de múltiples movimientos y se niega a envolverse en los patrones definibles del tradicional verse/ chorus. “You Faded” embiste con tres mini-versos sobre el coro hasta el break sin batería. A lo largo de ambos la marca de la casa se hace presente con las densas capas dispares de guitarras y vocales. Las pistas más viejas carecen de la invención del nuevo material, pero es un buen documento del nacimiento de Chavez.

Las pistas más recientes resuenan tan profundamente como en ‘Gone Glimmering’ (de hecho, el mismo personal se hace cargo de mezclas y grabaciones), por lo tanto esto es una visita obligada para los aficionados. Incluso para aquellos que son nuevos a Chávez, las tres primeras pistas ofrecen una visión justa de esta genial banda.

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On the Pentagram Ring EP, Chavez’s follow-up to their debut Gone Glimmering, James Lo’s drumming carries the jolt of heavy artillery — he’s less manic than on Gone Glimmering but no less bracing. Matt Sweeney and Clay Tarver again use their guitars to battle each other across the speakers (or headphones, as the case may be) — heavy distortion and blizzards of serpentine notes. Scott Masciarelli gives a competent low end but remains more subdued than on Glimmering. Sweeny’s vocals maintain a polished edge between angelic sweetness and hoarse angst. This commentary applies to the two newer tracks; the older tracks (from 7″ singles) notably lack the maturity of Glimmering.

The new tracks nicely show off the Chavez mystique. “The Nerve” flows through multiple movements and refuses to wrap back to a definable chorus or verse. “You Faded” gives three mini-verses ramming into the chorus and a break sans drums. Throughout both are the densely layered and disparate guitars and vocals. The older tracks lack the invention of the newer material but nicely document the birthing process.

“The Nerve” and “You Faded” are simply excellent songs, tickling heart and mind in tandem, with melody to lure you and craft to hook you. The latter tracks, “Hack the Sides Away” and “Repeat the Ending,” are of more interest to fans; the songs are unfortunately more simplistic and grating. I ignore the song “Pentagram Ring” here since it’s on Glimmering.

The newer tracks resonate as deeply as Glimmering (in fact, the same personnel were involved in the recording and mixing) and therefore make this release a must for fans. Even for those new to Chavez, the first three of five tracks offers a fair glimpse of this ingenious band.

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