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And Our Heart Beat In Our Fingertips Without Reason
Ecstatic Peace/ Universal Records

The dark, scorching, bestial sounds that lurk in instrument chords and in humans are what Anterrabae conveys in their songs on their sophomore CD And Our Heart Beat In Our Fingertips Without Reason, produced by George Fallen and Anterrabae. The disc follows their 2004 debut album Shakedown Tonight and maintains their metal core/screamo orientation. The treatments on their recent tracks filter the vocals through rotations of retching projectiles over rows of hot iron drum knolls, agitated guitar sledges, and firm acrid bass jabs. The arrangements are jarring, belligerent and boisterous, fusing blaring vocals and jagged guitar bevels.

Every track streams across runners of sonic combats, sparring vocals, and surly pressed tones and layers incinerating and branding a bed of pure metal core harmonics. The textures are dense and stringent with piercings akin to Age Of Rain, Winter Solstice, and It Dies Today. The lyrical content is honest, poetic, and crass, like the words for the song "The Filthy Habit Of Ex. Lovers," exposing the battle of contradicting emotions between loving someone whom you hate for hurting you. The words screech: "But with love this is the fine art of dissecting human hearts/ In spite of everything I'll make you watch me sleep/ In the presence of knives/ In a whisper/ We're two of a kind beneath the perfect sky/ We kill to pass time beneath a perfect sky/ Two lovers, two knives/ This time cupid's gone for the jugular/ A real literal motherf%@ker."

The song attacks from the perspective of disillusionment with a heavy hand. Anterrabae's songs show the other side of happiness where life is inundated with disappointments, struggles, and glib images of unending hurt and constant fighting. Their songs have all the ingredients that metalcore and screamo fans relate to and want in their music brews.

The band has undergone a few lineup changes since their debut release. The current members of Anterrabae include Ryan Poelker (bass), Anthony DiMaggio (guitar), Joey Spagna (guitar), Erik Boccio (vocals), and Eric Montalvo (drums) who replaces Chris Gleason as of July 1, 2006. The band will be touring through 2006 and holding the torch for metalcore music.

-Susan Frances

1. Pink And Tender
2. Stay Moist
3. It Takes More Than Metal To Move A Bull
4. An Albatross Around The Neck
5. The Filthy Habits Of Ex. Lovers
6. Investigating The Phantom Signal
7. Viper
8. I Lifted Her Dress Over Her Head And Unscrewed Her Leg
9. Shit Happened When You Party Naked
10. A Shovel For Arch Stanton
11. My Wrists Are Rivers, My Fingers Are Words
12. The Hands Of Christ Are Beautiful Hands

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