by Kirsty Evans
Oakland Minor (Arbeit Macht Dinge Records)
Loud, dissonant, and yet surprisingly groove-focused, Ovipositor bears a distinct family resemblance to drone/noise monsters like Boris. There’s no attempt to be trendy or commercially appealing here. With an excellent rhythm section, a skilled guitarist, and snarling, nasty vocals, the band is impressive. Solid from start to finish, dark and compelling, Oakland Minor is a nearly perfect rock album.