NK's impressively eclectic debut "Nothing to Be Gained Here" (Triple Crown) makes complete sense, considering its lineage. Featuring Ryan Hunter from Long Island scene heroes Envy on the Coast on vocals and guitar, bassist Michael Sadis from The Rivalry and drummer Billy Rymer from The Dillinger Escape Plan, NK travels all the sonic ground of those bands and then some. The hard-hitting "Confessional" and groove-heavy "Shoulder Gorilla" drop them firmly in Rage Against the Machine territory, but they don't stay there long, following them with the breezy, Beck-ish "Vacation Days," where Hunter alternates between a sweet falsetto and a wistful croon.

NK "Nothing to Be Gained Here"

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GRADE B+

BOTTOM LINE Eclectic, heavy alt-rock