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TORONTO, ON - JULY 29: Jesse Keeler(right) and Sebastien Grainger of Death From Above 1979, who've become very big since breaking up after just one album nearly a decade ago and have now decided it's time to bury the hatchet and make a second one. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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This Canadian noise-punk duo made one promising full-length album in 2004 before calling it quits. Returning a decade later, they're still crushing violent, angular riffs (see the hellacious "Government Trash"), but they're also writing catchier songs that bring out conventional rock influences. "Right on, Frankenstein!" is hummable Halloween-themed punk metal; "White Is Red" has dynamics worthy of a Queens of the Stone Age tune; and "Cheap Talk" is a catchier version of the late-Seventies U.K. dance rock that ruled hipster clubs during DFA1979's first run – a throwback to a throwback that's better the second time around.

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