Czar: No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive
Chicago metal purveyor Czar has returned for its new album, No One Is Alone if No One Is Alive, a rage-filled bag of sludge-and-scream that mainlines adrenaline. And since it’s a sophomore record, we get the obligatory Beatles cover too.
That cover, a doomed-out and blackened version of “She’s So Heavy,” is perfectly at home while surrounded by its original siblings. Though less gloom hangs over this dramatically titled record than first album Vertical Mass Grave, there is diffuse variety. “Megafauna” stomps along like the beasts that it evokes; “Fuming Rotter” flails forward headlong. Violent and powerful, this is a sensory assault accomplished through a combination of exquisite riffs, damnable drumming, and versatile growls.