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Akimbo has barreled their way through the United States and Europe over the last decade with all the fervor of a demon army bent on conquest. Forging a path of righteousness with a thunderous sound and a menacing presence in today's underground rock scene, Jon Weisnewski (Bass/Vocals) and Nat Damm (Drums) have solidified a unique and devastating sonic battle axe left embedded in the skulls of their enemies. After years of rotating guitar players, Aaron Walters (Guitar) joined the band in 2006 and has proven himself as the defining diesel in this engine of pure, flaming, voluminous rock. They encompass everything that has made rock, punk, and metal a dangerous sound for the last 50 years.
Akimbo came forth with the sinister and anthemic full length album Jersey Shores in 2008 on Neurot. A concept album spanning twelve days of brutal and savage shark attacks that haunted the New Jersey coast in 1916, Akimbo has allowed the dark subject matter to fester into the grain of their instruments and recreate their sound anew. Steering away from the beer-fueled "rock for rock's sake" approach, the album treads into a more mysterious and brooding territory than previously heard from other releases, maturing the band's sound as a whole and adding a new chapter to the Akimbo saga.
With six hammering, primal, evocative, haunting tracks that transport the listener through 45 minutes of timeless fear, Jersey Shores marks the brandishing of a new weapon for Akimbo to wield after ten years of aggressive battle through the hallow pits of the rock and roll underground. This 180 gram vinyl gatefold reissue also marks the continued collaboration between the Seattle band and Alternative Tentacles.
"Musically, Jersey Shores functions like the greatest of horror stories, building its dread with masterful dynamic, offering false calm in its wiry, entangled melodies before building up to crushing, bottomed-out bludgeons delivered with the force of a great white's upward charge. Guitar squeals surge above the melee. And the tumult recedes again; more false hope to string us along. The long-standing Seattle band's got the chops to pull off such a visceral aural assault, but it's handled with a preternatural finesse. The spiraling melodic lines intertwine with crushing drop-tuned chugging. Weisnewski's gruff howls attack with his band's choppy froth and bleed out into a cracked croon as the band's behemoth climaxes dip back into the murky depths, waiting for the next strike. Feedback hums drape the quiet moments, creating an ominous drone that inevitably gives way into more of Akimbo's scorching metal."
- Tiny Mix Tapes
"An epic post-rock-infused metal testament to those lives, mangled and forgotten in the shallow, cold, Jersey waters almost a century ago. An atmospheric beginning and ending with melodic chaos in the middle, violating your ear hole with positive results."