Apparently George Carlin is a scary man without a laughing crowd, and his cynical, oft-quoted lines about religion serve as the opening for Lipona’s newest record. A comedian minus the laugh-track sets the stage sonically and thematically as Networks assesses its own voice as both commentary and music. But even a million George Carlin’s waxing poetic to a soundtrack of ritualistic slaughter couldn’t hide the fact the music on this record kicks the crap out of anything it tries to say.