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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Seattle goth rock band is its first on the Hardly Art label.
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  1. 80
    By combining the ragged, sloppy riffs of garage rock with the minor scales of death rock and darker music, the band create a haunting sound that also rocks the hell out.
  2. 70
    Whether acting the ranting wild man (“IV”) or the depressed New Waver (“No Fear”), Wahlfeldt draws you into his dark world with a knowing smile that says it’s not necessarily a bad place to be.
  3. Mar 11, 2013
    Crusher shows that Grave Babies know how to get down with some morbid music, all in the name of good, clean fun.
  4. Mar 11, 2013
    Crusher has a way of alternating organically between pop songs and darker stuff without sounding inconsistent.
  5. Despite the thimble of predictability or aural similarity, Wahlfeldt has accomplished in Crusher an interesting take on familiar sounds. It’s too fuzzed out to just be post-punk, too sparse to just be a home-recorded take on his alt-rock idol.
  6. Mar 11, 2013
    Like good goth, this is painful and exclusive, full of moody anthems and baritone melodies that won't cut through the static until the fifth listen or so.
  7. Mar 14, 2013
    A generous guilty pleasure that relentlessly seeks to instill guilt.