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+++ Considering how controlled the chaos feels at every turn, it's hard to imagine that 'Transfixiation' almost didn't happen. Having spent nearly two straight years on the road, the musicians figured they'd parlay that momentum into a new record as soon as they got settled back home. And while the self-produced sessions at Death By Audio led to some fantastic material, Ackermann hit a wall near the end of that initial month ++ "The one thing we have in common is this fire when we're playing," adds Gonzalez. "I don't know; it's real intense." ++ The well-oiled Lunadon-Gonzalez rhythm section has adapted to Ackermann's unique style of playing -- the pair has embraced the chain-linked effects (Ackermann has produced custom pedals for such major artists as Lou Reed, My Bloody Valentine, The Flaming Lips, and Nine Inch Nails) and minimized the drum fills ++ "It's not rocket science," says Lunadon, "but rock 'n' roll shouldn't be. You gotta keep it simple and rock it fucking hard." +++