Gnarwhal's sophomore effort Crucial is an expansive record that balances the band's primal carnage with a stronger melodic focus than ever before. Furiously blending the technicality of progressive rock with noise, post-hardcore, and an undeniable math punk brilliance that simultaneously explodes in every direction, Crucial sets a new tone for the duo's experimental sound. Gnarwhal occupy a unique sonic space of warped punk, operating somewhere between the ballistic force and twisted scuzz of Lightning Bolt, Tera Melos, Hella or The Locust (albeit with a sense of patience). Crucial is punk for the forward thinking audience, an avalanche of brutal pop songs buried under the rubble. Recorded by Seth Engels (Options, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya) and mastered by Mike Thomas (Grass Is Green, Empress Of).