Watching Trash Talk tear the Barfly a new rectal orifice last year, you could not help but wonder how the Sacramento hardcore quartet could keep up this level of speed and aggression, both in the songs themselves and in their performance of them. ‘Eyes & Nines’ sees the former Albini protégées channel their rage, but don’t unfasten your seat belts just yet. Although opener ‘Vultures’ surprises with its groove and wah-wah-pedal guitar licks, proceedings soon turn as violent/angry/violently angry as we’ve come to expect from TT. The 4:30-epic (by their standards) works more as a Sabbath-invoking interlude than a song, and it’s tracks like ‘Explode’ (featuring Matt Caughthran of The Bronx), the exhilarating punk double whammy of ‘On a Fix’ and the title track that provide the meaty parts of this album. Slow down? Maybe next year.

By Matthias Scherer

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