For their first album in nearly 20 years, cult noise-punks Pachinko return no worse for wear and just as weird as they ever were, proving that time can be a great preservative for some groups. On State Your Grievances, the band exhibit their trademark sound – a taxing mix of distorted noise and strangled guitar grooves over a simple but effective rhythm section – to great effect. While the album balances itself just fine in these alarming modern times, the overall aesthetic of State Your Grievances is enjoyably reminiscent of the late 80s, early 90s American underground music scene, maintaining my belief that Pachinko would have fit in very well during the post-Black Flag era of SST Records. That kind of challenging, dissonant singularity isn’t as prevalent in music these days, but that makes records like this all the more necessary. Dark-humorous and aggressive, Pachinko is undoubtedly an acquired taste and that’s exactly how it should be. Standout tracks include “State Your Grievances,” “Fast Cruiser,” “The Flea” and “Art Loverer.”

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