In spite of their post-punk, post-metal roots, noise-rock bands are rarely recipients of an "A" for originality. Multicult may be the noted exception. The angular guitar work, the rumbling, low-end bass and the shouted vocals may hearken back to Helmet and the early days of Amphetamine Reptile Records, but there is something new at work. The band's latest, Position Remote, evokes a world where the Jesus Lizard didn't fizzle away, but instead spun a cocoon around itself and hatched a newer, smarter animal.

In spite of their post-punk, post-metal roots, noise-rock bands are rarely recipients of an "A" for originality. Multicult may be the noted exception. The angular guitar work, the rumbling, low-end bass and the shouted vocals may hearken back to Helmet and the early days of Amphetamine Reptile Records, but there is something new at work. The band's latest, Position Remote, evokes a world where the Jesus Lizard didn't fizzle away, but instead spun a cocoon around itself and hatched a newer, smarter animal.