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Dark, noisy Canadian rock crew stares death in the face

Viet Cong

Colin Way

Viet Cong

Calgary's Viet Cong were formed by ex-members of the late-'00s art-noise band Women, and they display a similar love of dark humor and dissonant guitars. The new band's debut arrives three years, almost to the day, after Women guitarist Christopher Reimer died mysteriously in his sleep at age 26. Viet Cong hardly shy away from evoking that tragedy, and at times they seem to still be processing its long-term impact: Check the throttling 11-minute opus "Death." It's impossible not to nod along to synth-swelled tracks like "Pointless Experience," even if the chorus is "If we're lucky/We'll get old and die." These guys wear their goth-punk Purple Heart proudly.

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