Huelga

Huelga is a one man instrument mathcore/death metal instrumental project by Mike Fonseca.  If you love your djent, mathcore with some sneaky melodies you’ll love his music.  The EP is expected to drop March 31st so keep your eyes peeled! The sound of the band is really tight, and isn’t boring at all.  It’s very groovy and gets melodic at times…..and isn’t repetitive.  Mike plans on releasing a cassette as well of this upcoming EP, which you can do so here.

The rhythms are pretty nice as well.  I think he totally stands out in the world of increasing instrumental projects.  If you enjoyed the one band I covered Pathos And Logos you’ll probably dig Huelga who’s similar to P&L but heavier.  Mike didn’t overwrite or overdo the music, and is at a stellar medium where there’s enough going on but your brain isn’t on overload trying to comprehend everything. You can check out an interview he did last month right here. He also derives a lot of influence from artists such as Frank Zappa and plenty of heavy metal as well.

The drums are pretty heavy and groove really hard.  Sometimes it gets quick enough that makes you think back to the 1980’s thrash metal days.  Overall it’s a stellar debut I think people should check out.  It’s not of the lighter side of instrumental bands like Intervals, but don’t expect to be lulled to sleep because this project is heavy.  Mike is awfully talented considering he also did the instrumentation for the songs.  Grab this bad boy once it’s released!

 

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Under The Pledge Of Secrecy- Black Hole Mass Evolution

Want a totally wacky, heavy energetic metal band that doesn’t repeat themselves? Under The Pledge Of Secrecy has you covered! This two man metal project blends a lot of subgeneres into their own band its wild! There’s a lot of extreme metal, grindcore and mathcore influence in “Black Hole Mass Evolution”……in the end, it’s their own wild and chaotic sound.  This wild album was released all the way back in 2014, but they are working on a new album that should be out this year in 2019.  Under The Pledge Of Secrecy has been around since 2005.

UNDER THE PLEDGE OF SECRECY:
Stefan K. – Vocals & Drums
Thorsten S. – Guitars & Bass

The guitar is absolutely crisp and blistering.  The varying speeds make for an interesting album, and isn’t a predictable style.  After listening to this record a few times through, I’m now extra interested in hearing what their upcoming record is going to sound like.  They’re as weird as The Dillinger Escape Plan were, and blend a lot of sounds the deeper you travel into this album.  The duo has blended a unique sound, you truly can’t categorize them……kinda like Primus, who doesn’t fit in a specific genre but once you say their name you totally know their sound.  Under The Pledge Of Secrecy is THAT unique.

The drumming is absolutely off the wall.  Considering the different speeds and tempos, it has to be difficult to keep up on the drumming end of things.  The bass is absolutely punishing on this record.  I love how the snare drum sounds on this, production wise.  It pops so loud and stands out it’s like a classic grindcore album to a tee, even some new school brutal/slamming death metal.  The band has done a stellar job crafting classic and modern extreme metal that should bridge both generations together.  Stay up to date with the band’s actions in regards to their yet to be titled 2019 release! I’m really looking forward to it!

Last Of Lucy’s Brandon Millan drops drum playthrough for “Advertent Avidity”

The Last Of Lucy’s drummer Brandon Millan released a playthrough for the band’s song “Advertent Avidity” off their latest album “Ashvattha”.  The band is working on recording new material, but that’s all we can find for now…..but at least we know the wild band is working on new music! His drum work is an absolute pleasure and got to see the band live last summer, and can confirm his insanity on the kit.  Enjoy the playthrough and don’t forget to keep tabs on the band with their eventual new music!

Challenger Deep drops “Immersive”

Instrumental prog/math rock band Challenger Deep released an awesome song earlier this month “Immersive” on us and it really, really shreds.  They also released a music video in relation with the song, which you may want to check out especially if you have a sense of humor.  The guitar work is Aaron Marshall/Intervals influenced, may I add.  It’s melodic and clean, with sweet fills between the different progressions.  The rhythm is really, really stellar too.  The rhythm section in this band really stands out in a positive light.  If you’re into that style of instrumental music I suggest you listen to the Challenger Deep guys.  I hope you dig the track and pay attention to this band!

Onkt- Equilibrium

You in the mood for some progressive djenty mathcore? If you said yes, ONKT wants you! They’re a groovy band that just locks in in the groove.  Their heavy sound is wildly entertaining.  They’re a band that isn’t over the top technical, but very groovy and rhythm based like their predecessors Meshuggah.  They pack a serious punch starting with their groovy extended range guitars, energetic vocalist and tight tight rhythm section. They can play in multiple time signatures and speeds.

ONKT:

Jan Floris guitar
Raimon Schaap guitar
Isak Majer vocals
Rob Oudhuis bass
Michiel Eeltink drums
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ONKT is an energetic band that never lets up, one ripping song after another.  You can check out the rest of their music here if any of this is intriguing you.  “Equilibrium” is their latest album from last August, but you can check out their other releases on bandcamp.  It’s a very rhythmic based album, with lots of aggression….so if you’re expecting wild technicality you may not love them from the get go.  But if you can respect a band’s talent and understanding of rhythm, you can totally get into ONKT.  Give ’em a shot!

Orchid- Miasma

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Mathcore/Prog Metal outfit Orchid is releasing their album “Miasma” tomorrow January 10th and it is quite the wild joyride through crackheadtown.  Truthfully I really dig this band.  They have the talent and energy of mathcore legends Dillinger Escape Plan, and the talent to pull off other jazzy and prog subgenres to make their sound even more inconsistent.  To an artist like me, it’s very enjoyable for more unusual and odd bands because I WANT to hear something newer and fresher than more rehashed music if you get what I mean.  With “Miasma”, the Indian 4 piece set out to blow minds and be themselves.  They have fully done that, and then some.

ORCHID: 

Kaushal – Vocals
Vinay – Guitars
Rahil – Bass
Mayur – Drums
For now, you can grab the album digitally or physically on band camp but North American buyers be stealthy the shipping is probably $10 or $12 (maybe more for all we know), being out of country.  I love the band’s frantic and chaotic sound that they have blended well.  They definitely will fly under the radar, but don’t let them sneak out and fly under yours as well.  You can also get a taste of the wild talent of the band with their recent playthrough video of their song “Zero Sum Game” right here. I am pleasantly surprised with how solid they ended up being.  All 4 band members are proficient musicians and bring a lot to the table.  They definitely have made a huge fan out of me.

Short Attention Span Theatre

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The weird Progressive/Funk/Metal/Experimental band Short Attention Span Theatre bring a much needed and fresh sound to our local Western New York music scene.  Music is watered down these days, and it’s cool to see weirder and more artistic bands slowly come out of the woodworks.  These cats draw heavy influence from classic and modern progressive bands.  They’re very quirky like Protest The Hero and Dillinger Escape Plan….are they THAT good? That’s up for the listeners to decide, but I think they’re pretty good no matter what.

If you don’t know the band’s rhythm section (Gus on bass and Kenny of Avulsion on drums) make up a great instrumental band I absolutely love from our beloved Buffalo area Ish Kabibble.  I’m a sucker for these bands, if you know me well enough….SAST is not a one trick pony and bring lots of versatility and talent to the drawing board.

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Ryan Mis- Vocals
Gordon Carlson- Guitar
Augustin Brand- Bass
Kenny Brand- Drums

 

Ryan’s voice is so pure, and can also fake you out with such a low guttural you wouldn’t think someone could get down that low for a guy that has a higher range.  Its wildly impressive, to be honest.  Gordon’s guitar work is all over the place, but is pretty sweet for the Primus fan in me. I think he has a lot of those weird ‘Ler guitar movements on his leads if you know what I mean.  I don’t need to say anymore on the greatness of the Brand father and son combo, they’re aliens from another multiverse. It’s well documented in their band, and now in here with Short Attention Span Theatre.  If you remember Avulsion from back in the day, Daddy Brand used to do some serious blasting for the Buffalo Death Metal heroes. You can check out the band’s wild musical adventures on their band camp and see when they will play out next by stalking their Facebook page.

Noise Trail Immersion- Symbology Of Shelter

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Black Metal/Mathcore crazies Noise Trail Immersion are releasing “Symbology Of Shelter” this Friday November 2nd.  And yeah, it’s absolutely crazy.  Blending mathcore and black metal is an unusual and unorthodox idea (hey, that’s what my website promotes!)….right? BUT, Noise Trail lmmersion gets it done.  The album is a chaotic, trippy ride through the realms of insanity.  There isn’t too much like these guys going around and it’s wild to hear something such as this.  It’s an insane experience with so much energy that doesn’t loosen it’s grip, ever.  You can feel the anxiety and insanity through Fabio’s voice on “Symbology Of Shelter”.  Immediately you can tell there is some sort of unrest on the band’s upcoming release.  The mood that Noise Trail Immersion sets makes the album that much better! It’s a great release in an age of watered down music.

Guitarist Daniele Vergine comments on the creation of Symbology of Shelter:

“With “Symbology Of Shelter” we tried to combine the ominous and misanthropic atmospheres of Dissonant Black Metal  with the chaotic and intricate structures of Mathcore with the intention to represent musically the concept of the inner crisis experienced by everyone’s conscious self, that uses “shelters” in various forms to satisfy a compelling and nefarious need to attach meanings to life.  The album takes the form of a 43 minutes long song (split in seven tracks), in order to take the listener into a non-stop journey in a dead-end vortex full of panic, anxiety, insanity and desperation.”

 

Symbology of Shelter:
01. Mirroring
02. Repulsion and Escapism I
03. Repulsion and Escapism II
04. Acrimonious
05. The Empty Earth I
06. The Empty Earth II
07. Symbology of Shelter

Noise Trail Immersion:
Fabio Rapetti – Vocals
Daniele Vergine (Occulta Veritas) – 8 string guitar
Nebil Jabnoun – 8 string guitar
Lorenzo Sirotto – Bass
Paolo Mingoni – Drums

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The band partnered with Decibel Magazine to premiere their upcoming album and can listen to it in full right here.  I hope you enjoy this release as much as I did and put in your preorder for this album!

Noise Trail Immersion October 2018 Interview

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I had an opportunity to talk with Noise Trail Immersion regarding their upcoming album, band habits, musical recommendations and other random topics. Their upcoming album “Symbology Of Shelter” is officially released November 2nd.  You can check out one song off that album “Mirroring” right here.  Enjoy!

Noise Trail Immersion:

Fabio – vocals
Nebil – guitar
Daniele – guitar
Lorenzo – bass
Paolo – drums

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TMR: What do you think is your biggest improvement or best adjustment on your upcoming release “Symbology of Shelter” in comparison to your first two albums?
Compared to our first self-titled EP, we think that “Symbology of Shelter” is something completely different, both sonically and artistically. Compared to Womb, we’d say the basic approach is somehow similar, but with this new release we feel like the overall quality is higher, the songs flow better and the Mathcore/Black Metal influences are blended together more effectively. One of the main adjustments was centered on focusing on the writing process, trying to structure the album as a cohesive and homogeneous piece of work, rather than an ensemble of songs stylistically similar.
TMR: How was the band formed and what led to the meaning of your band name?
We’re just 5 guys who happened to hang out together in the same city, we like the same stuff music-wise and we are all very serious when it comes to having a band. This project is something very important to every member of the band and we dedicate to it almost all of our free time. The band name has no real meaning, they’re just three words we thought sounded good together and basically, that’s it!
TMR: Describe your original and unusually awesome sound.  What made you guys want to mesh black metal and crazy mathcore? Your music is incredibly intriguing and not like a lot out there right now.
Thank you very much! Well, We always felt like Mathcore and Black Metal are two worlds that are very distant from the point of view of their historic background and the general attitude that characterizes them, but we think a common thread can be found sonically in their will to create an extreme form of sound: we always thought that the dark, misanthropic and evil sound of Black Metal could match well the crazy and chaotic structures of Mathcore, so we started writing tracks that are chaotic and dissonant but at the same time heavily influenced from Black Metal especially in the vocals, in the chords and in the riffing.
TMR: What are the band’s plans for the rest of the year and going into 2019 outside of your new album? 
We’re going to promote the album as much as we can with both online PR and touring: we have already some gigs confirmed in Italy for the rest of 2018 and we’re starting to organize a 2019 European Tour together with a band we really love!
TMR: Go into detail about the lyrics and theme behind your upcoming release.
The lyrics of the album are kind of a stream of consciousness that revolves around concepts like the inner crisis experienced by everyone’s conscious self, that uses “shelters” in various forms to satisfy a compelling and nefarious need to attach meanings to life. The theme of man’s relationship with moral and religion is also very recurrent, as well as the impossibility to know an ultimate truth. In a certain way, and the artwork surely has a role in this, this new work can be seen philosophically as a prosecution of Womb, reprising the aesthetic of the feminine element but also the existential theme of questioning life in its entirety, starting by a different point of view though: the concept of shelters.
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TMR: Who do you want a play a show with you haven’t yet?
There are many bands we would love to play shows with of course, some of them are Plebeian Grandstand, Dodecahedron, Amia Venera Landscape, Ulcerate, Gorguts, Converge, Thantifaxath, Ion Dissonance, Artificial Brain, Cult of Luna, Neurosis, Celeste.
TMR: What are you guys listening to these days? Any up and coming bands you want to suggest?
We listen to as much different music as we can. In the metal field, we love the new wave of dissonant black metal/death metal and Blackened Hardcore of course, but we’re also following the Mathcore scene, as well as many Doom and Post-Metal bands. Apart from Metal and Hardcore, we like tons of other stuff, especially Ambient, Electronic, Neo/Dark Folk, Contemporary classical music, Math Rock, Noise Rock, and many other genres, especially the ones where more artists are into experimentation in general right now.  Some up and coming bands we suggest are Storm{o} (Mathcore/Screamo), Onryo (Mathcore/Tech-death), Convulsing (Black/Death), Soldat Hans (Doom/Post-Rock),  The Clearing Path (Black/Death), Mico (Mathcore/Sludge),  Un (Funeral Doom).
TMR: What’s your writing process like? How long did it take to put together “Symbology Of Shelter”?
Most of the times we start with some guitar ideas, a riff or maybe just some weird chord or sound that somehow we find interesting and that can “set the mood” for a track. In parallel, we start arranging the song with drums and bass on Guitar Pro software and that’s really when the song starts building more and more on itself and can take unexpected directions and changes from the original idea. This time, in particular, we worked very hard on constructing the album as one long track, eliminating clear transitions between one track and the following one and making the whole thing sound like a monolithic work.
TMR: How did the video for “Mirroring” go?
This time we didn’t want to do the usual playback video, the first thing we all agreed with was that we as a band didn’t want to appear in the video and then we started to think of something that could be visually appealing but also with an artistic sense that has a connection with the overall idea of the new album. So we had this idea of shooting footages in various churches of our hometown Turin and then doing a very frantic video editing work to match the mood of the track “Mirroring”.
TMR: What did you guys think of Frantic Fest and who was your favorite performance? You had legendary bands such as Hideous Divinity, Hirax, Enslaved, and Sadistic Intent included in that lineup.  
It surely was one of the best festivals we ever played at. The lineup was amazing, as well as the audience and all the kind people of the staff. Our favorite performance was probably the one from The Secret, they really smashed it.
TMR: Put together your dream tour, 4 bands only! Who do you got?
Plebeian Grandstand, Dodecahedron, The Secret, Ulcerate.
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Noise Trail Immersion release “Mirroring” off upcoming album.

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Mathcore group Noise Trail Immersion has released a single “Mirroring” from their upcoming release “Symbology Of Shelter”.  The chaotic musicians have created a wild, whacky and intense sound that leaves you wanting more.  The album is planned to drop on November 2nd through Moment Collapse Records.  “Mirroring” should be more than convincing enough to give these lads a chance.  The technicality, groove, extra dissonance and odd rhythms leaves you craving for much more.  Still sad about the mighty Dillinger Escape Plan hanging it up? Don’t worry people, that void is ready to be filled! Enjoy the song and freak the fuck out!

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