Hey there tech fiends, it's that time of the week again. Before we dive into today's focus on Coma Cluster Void, here's the usual weekly reminder that if you're looking for even more sick bands, all prior editions of this series can be perused here.
In 2016, Coma Cluster Void put out their debut album Mind Cemeteries, a release that was one of my absolute favorites of the entire year. Moreso, it was one of the strongest and most memorable debuts I've heard from a death metal band in the modern era. The band has a unique and stark take on technical death metal, one that is both ultra dissonant and ultra heavy while incorporating in a sense of controlled chaos that is unlike anything else you've ever heard. Now only a year later, Coma Cluster Void is back with Thoughts From A Stone, a sprawling twenty-one minute long and some change single composition split into six chapters.
Coma Cluster Void's music feels like it's own self-contained universe, unfolding before you in a plethora of hostile and disturbing ways. Mind Cemeteries was the first point of contact with this world, and Thoughts From A Stone feels like a richer, fuller exploration of its endlessly layered labyrinths and innumerable chaotic living structures forming out of the music's spiraling polyrhythmic heavy depths.
Oftentimes the music here takes on a rollercoaster-like nature, building up slowly but surely to blinding aggressive swarms that later subside. Dissolving back into a variety of modes ranging from bone-crushing massive grooves to slow-tempo heavy dissonance, and also sparse quieter moments supported by a mix of ritualistic feeling spoken word and clean sung parts that fit the music well beyond the main vocals being a blend of extreme growls and roars. This back and forth violent swaying between extremes continues to grow more and more feral as Thoughts From A Stone unfurls and shows you more of what it has to offer. As it continues to evolve and morph from it's opening minimalist airy introduction, multiple further incredibly volatile and frenetic passages rear up and lash out at you in extreme peaks of intensity before it ends. Every musician on the release has given their all with incredible performances, and their ability to cover so much musical ground while having all of their performances meld together so cohesively is quite impressive.
In the end, music this intense and off the beaten path is better experienced than explained. Thoughts From A Stone is an incredibly dark and powerful piece of music, one that defies conventional norms in favor of mind-melting sonic exploration. To these ears, Thoughts From A Stone further cements the bands status as one of the most innovative groups active in technical death metal right now. So jam our early full stream of Thoughts From A Stone below, and if you dig what you're hearing, orders can be placed through the Coma Cluster Void Bandcamp page and the Translation Loss Records BigCartel store. Be sure to follow the group over on their Facebook page as well. *Coma Cluster Void –Thoughts From A Stone will officially drop this Friday, October 13th through Translation Loss Records.