On their seventh album and third for Cuneiform, Ahleuchatistas’ Heads Full of Poison is a sonic brew that reveals new flavors, new spices with every aural taste. Now a duo of charter member Shane Perlowin (guitar and bass) and Ryan Oslance (drums), Heads Full of Poison was developed over a two year period, road-tested and honed with numerous performances, including nearly 100 in Europe. The music was altered, edited, and embellished at nearly every gig with improvisational possibilities explored at length. The music combines highly detailed composition with a looseness that encourages a range of interpretation. Each track was recorded live in the studio. Oslance performed all the drums and percussion live with zero overdubs. Perlowin produced the various guitars and bass tracks to impart the richness and detail of a conceptualized studio album, but the basic tracks are performed live. By the time of the recording in January and February 2012, the music had been given ample time to ferment, so the performances captured are as close to perfection as possible, with technical hurdles surmounted, the sonic palette settled upon, each note and beat executed confidently and with nuance.
"...knotty, instrumental rock that blends punk, prog, jazz, non-Western music and improv into something exhilarating and even awe-inspiring." — The Wire
"A couple years ago, Asheville avant-rock purveyors Ahleuchatistas downsized from a trio to a duo. The band’s second offering since the transition shows this to be a positive change. Daring guitar work bridges genres from jazz to metal to noise as restless rhythms communicate alarming urgency. Experimental music is rarely so ruthless or engaging." — Shuffle Mag
"It’s pretty stunning stuff, at times sounding like a West African take on Orthrelm and at other times like nothing you’ve ever heard in your life." — Burning Ambulance