Sunday, 4 September 2011

Reading a list of influences that have helped shape Oakland’s Alaric, there is an immediate sense that Shane, Rick, Russ and Jason have embraced the spirit of punk and post-punk, whatever they may be, and integrated them into this, their self-titled album. By exposing their influences however they should not be easily dismissed as generic. “Ugly Crowds” and “Your God” hold up as examples of how they have embraced the Gothic, dark elements of that period and created a truly original blend of their own.

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