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Painted Wives: Obsessed With The End

Album Review

Californians stir an intoxicating amalgamation of influences

Bemoaning a lack of heavy music in their local scene, this Orange County five-piece set out to address the imbalance with their heady, expansive sound.

Painted Wives meld the heavy churn of Mastodon’s Crack The Skye with the prog wizardry of Heritage-era Opeth and Alice in Chains’ bleak squall, with plenty of wallop and groove. Hollow Bones is deliciously decadent, sludgy guitars unfurling into a soaring chorus driven by Justin Suitor’s slightly manic vocals.

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