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

https://www.facebook.com/NoiseTrailImmersion/
https://noisetrailimmersion.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsUvQG8QqDySL2whfoxcEQQ
https://www.instagram.com/noisetrailimmersion/
https://momentofcollapse.com/label/
https://momentofcollapserecords.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/momentofcollapse/

 

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

https://www.facebook.com/NoiseTrailImmersion/
https://noisetrailimmersion.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsUvQG8QqDySL2whfoxcEQQ
https://www.instagram.com/noisetrailimmersion/
https://momentofcollapse.com/label/
https://momentofcollapserecords.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/momentofcollapse/

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!

https://www.facebook.com/NoiseTrailImmersion/

https://noisetrailimmersion.bandcamp.com

 

 

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Wrack- Hollow Sun

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Wrack is a progressive metal project by Tyler Cox.  It’s set to be released on June 15th of this year.  It’s a very heavy EP…..also, very rhythmic.  There’s some mood changes which give it more variation than your normal prog band, but for the most part it is a straight headbanger.  There’s a couple cool guitar duals that add some ear candy throughout the listening experience of Hollow Sun.

 

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Hollow Sun is an energetic album, especially vocally. This turned out to be one of the better EP’S of 2018 so far, and a great surprise.  I’m glad I came across this when I did, it’s a release that’s definitely worth your time I can guarantee that. Preorder the album directly at the bandcamp link at the beginning of the article.

Start The Reactor

Start The Reactor is an experimental math core band from Albany, NY.  The motto for TMR is promoting the obscure and original……well STR definitely fits that category, and isn’t for everyone.  There’s all sorts of cool rhythms, odd effects, technicality, unusual vocals, experimentation and killer grooves all around……

I have to say theres all sorts of things for an oddball of a band.  This isn’t just another filler metal band, its awfully original and sets them apart from many bands.  All sorts of crushing breakdowns and guttural vocals are scattered throughout their songs.  They’re a very chaotic band, which is very good in this case.  There’s all sorts of dissonance that only add to the chaos of Start The Reactor.

There’s moments where they sound like the Dillinger Escape Plan’s cousin, and then the next moment a groovy Meshuggah inspired riff.  They have two sets of recorded demos to listen on their bandcamp website.  Time will tell what this crazy yet controlled band has in store for everyone.  STR is a very punishing and brutal band, to say the least.

Start The Reactor has a show at the end of March on the 24th if you live in the Albany, New York region.

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