Most bands don’t age gracefully. After a decade or two, many lose their urgency, their momentum, their emotional range. If the songwriting doesn’t suffer, then the album’s production or aesthetic might seem insufficient, or even the artist’s integrity. Sadly, some bands never reignite that which made them special.
The opposite is true of The Casket Lottery, whose newest full-length Short Songs for End Times showcases a band at their best—their tightest, toughest, most intense—and more than twenty years after their first release.