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Review: Daughters’ ‘You Won’t Get What You Want’

The metal band’s latest is a slow build, not an onslaught.

Daughters photographed in 2018.

Daughters photographed in 2018.

Reid Haithcock

This art-noise conglomerate was one of the grisliest, most intense groups to emerge from the underground metal scene when it fell apart in 2009. But what set Daughters apart was the unnerving nature of their menace — you truly didn’t know what frontman Alexis Marshall might say or do. The band regrouped five years ago and have tweaked their sound slightly; You Won’t Get What You Want is a slow build rather than a shrieking onslaught, but it still has an inherent sense of danger. The band’s most obvious influences (chiefly Jesus Lizard and the Birthday Party) are still present, but they’ve been transmogrified through electronics, tribal drumming and Marshall’s meandering moans. On “Long Road No Turns,” the music seems to melt around Marshall’s voice as he sings about shackled wrists; “The Reason They Hate Me” is a lumbering, industrial dance song; “Guest House” is a percussion showcase that adds one texture over another as Marshall sings, “Let me in.” If heavy music is supposed to be scary, Daughters have elevated it to an invigorating new level.

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