De-Loused is an hour of unabashed ambition that forms a new kind of punk prog rock. Its eight songs are full of twists and turns, with Bixler going from whisper to yelp in an instant, and Rodriguez's diesel-powered guitar out to both seduce and destroy. Guest bassist Flea helps turn sprawling workups such as "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt" and the jarring "Roulette Dares" into exercises in stamina and daring. It's wayward rock from a new group of drama kings, as unbounded as our appreciation for this essential debut.
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