Sparta came to life in spring 2001 when At the Drive-In went on hiatus. Austere, the band's first release, followed the next year. With the bandmembers mixing an intensity similar to their former group alongside emo-like intellect, the Austere EP doesn't live in the shadows of what once was. The punk scowling of "Mye" finds sharp twitchy guitar work layered over Jim Ward's trembling vocals. It's the strongest track on the record, while the blurry vision of "Vacant Skies" follows closely behind. "Cataract" is more ...

Austere 2002, Dreamworks SKG

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