"the metal-jazz guitarist Ava Mendoza closed the night with her trio, Unnatural Ways, playing loose and charging originals that started with a drone of guitar effects and gently draped cymbal sounds, then lurched into slashing power chords. On “Alien Goo,” Ms. Mendoza sang in a soaring alto, stepping away from the mike occasionally to do some two-handed, corkscrew shredding toward the top of the guitar’s neck." -NY Times

"They display an uncanny connection throughout their triumphant recording, dynamically intertwined and unbelievably locked in with one another rhythmically (amazing, considering the malestroms provided by each at numerous times throughout the album). But let's talk about gnarliness. My god, this is gnarly… this album fucking rules. Go buy it". -Tiny Mix Tapes/Foxy Digitalis

"… it’s Brooklyn-via-Oakland six-stringer Ava Mendoza deconstructing of blues and punk into brutal shredfests that’s causing a ruckus in NYC’s DIY hubs. (Unnatural Ways) effortlessly bounce from the noisy din of Sonic Youth’s heavy space-rock jams, Black Flag’s prog-jazz instrumental freak-outs to the outlier twang damage of Fred Frith“ -Noisey.Vice

"Right from the gitgo, the trio erupted with an intense post-psych, power trio force. Ms. Mendoza played with a strong Fripp-like sustained tone, while the trio had a Massacre-like primal attack… This was an amazing set that many folks will be talking about for a long while especially as Ms. Mendoza's star is till rising higher.” -Downtown Music Gallery on Unnatural Ways' Victoriaville Festival 2014 set

"...like lurching freak-out cyclo-metal, Beefheartian free jazz and bent psych(opath)edelic guitar frenzy melded together into one sick rampage, nothing like it around at the moment but it's scary, like Henry Cow and Butthole Surfers at a pig fucking contest in some dark woods... there's shades of weird dusty blues, Chris Corsano-esque mayhem, Stooges dirt and a right brooding atmosphere throughout, all this laced with real freewheeling lysergic mischief and played with the gleeful adventure of improvising spirits. 'Quit Your Unnatural Ways' is a blast, it reeks of total loose-limbed, bloody minded conviction!" -NormanRecords

“…a heavy-rocking outfit that featured some gorgeously aggressive interplay between Mendoza and Dahl, Mendoza spitting out shards of notes that Dahl answered with thunderous aplomb.” -All About Jazz

“direct, dark and complex avant rock contaminated by other forms such as free improvisation, an urban and warped blues, neurotic punk shrapnel, a tense, nervous, powerful music with a really, really, massive and genuinely exciting sound… a fast-paced, elegantly wild stream of sound. A really great job honoring the musical technical skills of the musicians, don’t be fooled by an easy and approximate listening: the apparent harshness of their notes hides an elaborate and elegant musical journey, an excellent technique, and a remarkable creativity. Great band, great music.” -Neu Guitars

"... while there's quite a lot of far-flung jazz chops converging all at once, the whole thing is clothed in a shroud of overdriven distortion and roomy fuzz. It's hard to tell who's kicking whose ass here, but my guess is that these two both walked away from the session bruised and battered in the best way possible. Love Taps? Nay -- these are love wallops, Mendoza's sharp harmonic angles and pummeling rhythm up against Tamburro's storm of cymbals... Mendoza's Weird Forest release was an example of how the guitar beat all odds to rule 2012 with extreme prejudice." -Tiny Mix Tapes

"While most songs follow the familiar head-solo-head jazz structure, the album feels closer to a marriage of free jazz and metal. Every song features a heavy, glorious riff serving as a springboard for Mendoza's dazzling guitar pyrotechnics. Tamburro's drums provide much of the ecstatic energy, somehow propelling the songs forward without losing the beat and going completely free. The end result is a wild, exhilarating ride that's sure to appeal to music fans of all stripes." -Weird Forest 

"Beneath all of the weird effects and improvisational benders, there’s a solid bedrock of technical skill. Mendoza’s not an entirely earthbound player… incendiary, mind-melting leads… Guitar geeks who want a dose of the weird stuff will find plenty to lap up across this album’s 36 minutes." -Adam Strom, Dusted Magazine

"Their sound sculptures seem heavily labored over like a complicated detail painting or a score to a black-and-white film, with boatloads of dynamic shifts and tangents to hang the ear on... A poetic convergence of solo guitar and devil-daring drums?" -The Gumshoe Grove