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With their third studio album, Crystal Castles mine beauty and solace from the depths of darkness and violence. The darkwave duo's (III) opens with “Plague,” in which Ethan Kath layers haunting electronic textures over stabbing beats before Alice Glass’ icy vocals provide a comforting contrast. There’s a similar duality in the following “Kerosene,” where Kath’s production yields an unsettling backdrop of pointy tones playing at anxiety-building tempos. This builds into a nightmarish darkness balanced against Glass’ alleviating coos, which sound as if she’s whispering to us from under bed sheets. When she closes the song by singing “I’ll protect you/From all the things I’ve seen," it’s as if she’s taken on the protective persona depicted in the album art: a Muslim woman sheltering her son from tear-gas attacks. Without being overtly thematic or conceptual, III is still a very focused album—more than any of Crystal Castles’ preceding recordings. In the standout “Transgender,” Kath bends cold synthesizer notes over a brooding bass drone to create a disturbing soundscape for Glass’ incandescent voice to illuminate.

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everytime

crystal castles come out with a new album, it is instantly on replay for days weeks months at a time and with (III), I'm totally obsessed, but as I've reached higher play counts, I'm hearing all of their releases coming together for this one. I still am not sure if I prefer (III) over (II), but it's extremely close! Excellent evolution by CC!!!

Genius!!!

The best album from the band and I dare to say it's the best album of all time!

CC's best album yet!!

I love this album and it's a testament to CC's evolving nature which keeps their fans and listeners intertwined with them as a band. The new album III has so many dynamic sounds that balance each other, it leaves you with the sense you were just in an ethereal underground grotto.

By far my fav album if 2012!

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Fusing lo-res electronic noise and pop hooks so effortlessly that it can seem accidental, Crystal Castles began as producer/multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath's solo project in late 2003. Kath got the moniker from the name of She-Ra's dwelling in the He-Man and Masters of the Universe cartoon series; it's also the name of a 1983 Atari video game, which is oddly appropriate, considering that one component of the band's distinctive sound comes from a keyboard modified with an Atari 5200 sound chip. When...
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