All these elements and more are present on Cesarean, the debut album from the Seattle trio Playing Enemy, but don't discount these guys just yet. They're ex-members of Rorschach and Kiss It Goodbye, so they've got pedigree. And the music they're making now has plenty to recommend it: Their songs are jagged, intricate, and loud as a jet engine next to your head. Cesarean is actually painful to listen to, and that's a good thing. It works to make this band -- in the absence of the recently defunct Botch, and with Cave In turning into prog-emo mush -- about the best thing going in contemporary post-hardcore stomp 'n' scream. Let 'em work you over.