12 O'Clock Track: A Place to Bury Strangers, "Onwards to the Wall"

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Brooklyn noise-rock trio A Place to Bury Strangers revels in its loudness—in fact, bending the limits of volume is kind of the band's MO. In the PR for the band's recent five-song EP, Dead Oceans writes, "Without any official testing, we can safely say that the master recording for Onwards to the Wall is the loudest one ever submitted to the label for approval."

But the record's title cut—today's 12 O'Clock Track—is a refreshing change from the usual wall of blare, pairing the deep, droning delivery of front man Oliver Ackermann with the warm, brooding voice of guest vocalist Alanna Nuala (aka Moon). Complementing the moody dual vocals are a steady, chill rhythm and eerie sweeps of feedback-like background noise. It's a dark groove, to say the least, and one of the better songs I've heard from A Place to Bury Strangers. Check it out after the jump:

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