Billing it as a companion piece to last year’s Slave Vows, as opposed to a new album entirely, sells the five-track Avowed Slavery a little short. This is no set of half-baked offcuts. Instead it feels like an extension of its mighty forerunner, heaving with savage riffs and deliciously queasy atmospherics.
The Icarus Line: Avowed Slavery
Essential mini-album from LA psych-punks.
They’ve been going for some 16 years now and, having survived the protracted wobble that followed 2004’s Penance Soiree, are very much nearing a peak. Two live gems finally make their studio debuts, namely Junkadelic and the incandescent, Stooges-like Salem Slims.
Just as imperious is Leeches And Seeds, with its slashing chords and big blowouts, while epic T_he Father/The Priest_ feels like a stoner-punk cousin of Suicide’s Frankie Teardrop.