When it takes a band 5.5 years to release its debut, expectations can be ... well, sorta high. This skronky Philadelphia trio whetted appetites with four short-players––including the marvelously named “Tiffani Amber Threesome” and “Oksana My Mule”––but they’ve finally proven their endurance with a 10-track album. Like any post-hardcore band worth their salt (think These Arms Are Snakes or Botch), Carved Up expertly build the tension and release the dopamine. And while the first and third tracks could be, umm, trimmed, this is an otherwise dandy debut.
Score: 9 out of 10
Producer: Carved Up