The Locust – Safety Second, Body Last

The band are perhaps best known for their varying screamed vocal styles, dadaist lyrical content, and noisy, synth-infused, non-stop beat-your-head-against-the-wall grindcore, all while somehow managing to be at least a little catchy.

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Capillary Action – So Embarrassing

So Embarrassing by disbanded Philly group Capillary Action, is nothing short of brilliant. It is by turns loud, aggressive, dynamic, dissonant, and melodic. No doubt, this is musician's music, but what makes this album especially impressive is that they actually wound up writing good songs. There's no mindless noodling. The album is filled with well-written songs featuring thoughtful instrumentation and orchestrations.