Hey there tech-fiends, it's that time of the week again! It seems a lot of you really enjoyed last weeks early Cognizance stream, so I'm happy to be able to keep up the early stream format again this week with a private full stream of the new Coma Cluster Void album. But before we dive into that, here's the usual weekly reminder that if you're looking for more music you can peruse all prior editions of this series here.
In the past decade or so there has been a growing niche of technical death metal bands whose approach is far more unorthodox and uglier than a lot of the super shreddy stuff you tend to here. This new wave has really led to a lot of interesting music and new forms of technical death metal that sound fresh. Some of which I've taken the time to cover in this space before when covering groups like Khariot, Thaetas, Intonate, Replicant, Sunless, Michel Anoia, and several others. So brace yourself for the skronky weirdness, because multi-national group Coma Cluster Void are the strongest newcomer to atonal minded technical death metal I've heard in a long time.
Having first been clued into the band about three years ago by my editor at Nocleansinging, I knew these guys were on to something special, but couldn't fathom just how bat-shit insane and brilliant their album Mind Cemeteries would actually be in its entirety. No one out there really sounds like Coma Cluster Void in the sense of covering the totality of their expansive sonic palette, but there are at least some groups and elements that can be pointed to in order to give you a ballpark for what you're getting yourself into. Imagine if you will the chaotic and zany ideas found in mathcore groups like Dillinger Escape Plan and Ion Dissonance mixed with the disturbing dissonance of groups like Gorguts, Ulcerate and Deathspell Omega. Then add a pinch of off-kilter groove influence from groups like Car Bomb and Meshuggah to the above blend. Churn all that volatile shit together and make the resulting blend as spastically choppy and discordant as possible, and you're somewhere near the fucked up and unhinged sound that Coma Cluster Void play. In addition, the modern classical minded interludes on the album are fantastic and give off an almost horror film score vibe that further enhances the grim and eerie atmosphere present throughout Mind Cemeteries .
Without a doubt, Mind Cemeteries is one of the best things I've heard all year, although I get the feeling that its so out there that what's really going on here will fly right over some people's heads. And that's okay since this is hardly the kind of music that's easy to fully comprehend even after multiple listens. But for those adventurous listeners looking to hear what they haven't heard before, Mind Cemeteries will quickly become your new favorite album. You can pre-order Mind Cemeteries through their Bandcamp Page here. Be sure to follow them on their Facebook Page too! Coma Cluster Void – Mind Cemeteries officially comes out this Friday, August 26th.