Xetas: The Redeemer LP
With a working tenure just shy of a calendar year, Xetas have made a leap from knockout threat to knockout certainty in record time. Upon the release of their debut 7", "The Knife" b/w "The Silence", the band was cited for "walking the tightrope between heavy-and-catchy", and while that was true enough at the time, their resulting full-length, "The Redeemer" has both attributes in staggering abundance. Still refusing to reveal their full names (Google it if you're bothered), the trio of D (vocals, guitar), K (bass, vocals) and M (drums) are hardly the first US underground gang to combine the anthemic with the jagged, but there's only a handful who've fired a broadside with nearly this much confidence. Black vinyl in full colour sleeve with printed inner sleeve and digital download coupon.