It’s Monday and Mondays suck, so let’s grind it out with a split premiere of Focusrights and The Sound That Ends Creation.
This column is almost back to normalcy. In that instead of missing months at a time, I’ll only miss weeks here and there. That being said, I’m gonna try to do something a little different and do a wrap up and showcase a bunch of bands as opposed to one or two. Alright, on with the circus.
If you’ve followed this column for awhile, you’ll know that I like two things: chaos and blast beats. And when they coalesce, it’s magic. Here lies two bands in the modern sphere that most masterfully command blasts and chaos with a mathy hook. Focusrights and The Sound That Ends Creation are the kind of bands that sound like unleashed, rabid zoo animals on angel dust. And here they are to shred our ears.
Side A is Focusrights, a two person math/grind/experimental band that might be the dictionary definition of soul violence. The project is a Ukraine/Russia collaboration, and they are offering up two tracks of menace. Opening with “Life As A Must”, Focusrights show that they have not run out of creativity. The track moves between blaring chaos and even involves a hip hop section. Following this is “The Super Reject”, another glorious slice of mathcore/grind that tries to lure us in with slow start but quickly evolves into a slap across the chin and a full-bore anxiety attack. Focusrights dial it back and then go for the kill once more. It is a very loud, quiet, loud slice and is incredible at being unpredictable.
Allen, TX’s one-man-band The Sound That Ends Creation also puts up two tracks. Starting with “Curtain Dropped, New Stage Unlocked!” the madness of previous releases continues to culminate. The full orchestra, smashing keyboards, programmed drums, and grinding guitars all come back. The track is a jagged chunk of grinding mathcore that jumps like a trampoline. Also, the music video makes me wanna take out a premium with Aflac. Unsure as to why. The second track “Haters, Traitors, Instigators” starts out quick and loud and keeps with the choppiness. Spinning like a demented carousel, eventually things breakdown into beatdown after beatdown. It is a track one could pit hard to. However, things pick up again and it starts to sound like a Dillinger Escape Plan track. It’s a wild, wild ride.
Two awesome tracks from two great bands of the grind/mathcore sphere. If you are not privy to either of these bands, you are welcome. Now you are. Pick up their music and jam their previous records if you are thirsty for more. And for those of you that already were thirsty for more, get grinding on this!
Focusrights (side A)
The Sound That Ends Creation (side B)