While some bands may be content to keep playing various "fests" performing the same setlist from 25 years ago, Darkside NYC has just unleashed a monster of an album. Recorded and mixed at The Wild Arctic in Astoria, Queens, NY with Dean Baltulonis (Sick Of It All, Bouncing Souls, The Hope Conspiracy) and mastered at West West Side by Alan Douches (Misfits, Death, Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.), the songs range from devastatingly heavy to blistering speed to even straight-up "noise." If Celtic Frost and the Crumbsuckers shared a rehearsal space in 1987 and decided to drink a bottle of Ripple and record an album together while binging on crack cocaine, the result might be as crazy as "Optimism Is Self-Deception: Vols. 1 & 2."