420 Defenders – Sin To The Lord The Devil vs. Jesus Christ
Hey, y’all! Welcome to the first-ever, very special Wednesday edition of Reviews Day Tuesday! This week we’re taking a listen to a new release from 420 Defenders (a collaboration between Michael Hlady and Kevin Griffin). The album’s called Sin To The Lord The Devil vs. Jesus Christ, and it’s a pretty awesomely wild ride. Using an awesome mix of old-sounding synth sounds and fuzzed-out guitar, they’ve created an album that engages with the intention of entrancement, but one that nonetheless retains enough hard-edged percussive force and off-kilter harshness to keep you on your toes. A perfect example of this album’s range comes in the transition from the album’s fifth track into its sixth. After being entranced by the repeating title phrase of “Fix Em Up” (laid over a pulsing combo of bass tones and drums), you’re greeted by the squiggly synths that introduce the dancy “And Then I Got The Fear.” And you don’t question it for a second. Therein lies the secret behind 420 Defenders’ mastery of your mind. They’ve created a world where any sounds they make fit perfectly into their world, into their defined aesthetic, and into your subconscious – whether your want it there or not.