In a time when the word “math” has largely been misattributed to the various Meshuggah djent clones, there are still bands that are making sure that the genre of mathcore continues its legacy of melding the chaos of hardcore, the brutality of death metal, and the oft-shifting time signatures of technical and progressive metal. Keeping in the recent tradition of the resurgence of mathcore via the likes of Car Bomb and Dissipate, rising Australia stars The Schoenberg Automaton eschew trends with their debut album Vela. While their myriad of influences are shown on their sleeves — the trudging stutterred riffs of Gojira, the schizophrenic chaos of early Dillinger Escape Plan, and the forward-thinking technical battery of Between the Buried and Me are all plain as day — their sound wears more like a continued step in the genre lineage rather than shameless mimicry. The Schoenberg Automaton go beyond channeling just the aforementioned bands, however; throughout Vela, the band do well on adding in flavors of traditional death metal and even black metal influences, namely on tracks like leading single ‘Ghost of Mirach’. Even early moments reminiscent of Solace era Ion Dissonance are apparent. All of this comes together in a seamless fashion that Schoenberg have spent many hours perfecting, both setting them apart from the average internet band and giving them a hodgepodge prog/tech sound that is strangely all their own. Make no mistake, The Schoenberg Automaton will be a force to be reckoned with out of the already impressive Australian metal scene if their first offering already hits this hard. – JR & AD
Oh how the mighty have fallen. All That Remains still holds a special place in many of our hearts, as This Darkened Heart and The Fall of Ideals remain among some of the greatest material to ever come out of the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal/metalcore scene. Those days are unfortunately long gone, and things don’t look promising. The band stumbled through Overcome and For We Are Many, but the band’s latest pitfall A War You Cannot Win sees the band making yet another grab for radio-friendly rock hits that are formulaic and absolutely boring, falling even further away from the sound that first put them on the map. Gone are the powerfully heavy yet uplifting anthems of ‘Six‘ and ‘The Weak Willed.’ Instead, we’re left with boring uninspired songwriting that we’ve heard done better in previous albums at best and hamfisted paint-by-numbers mediocrity bordering on butt-rock territory at worst. One thing you can still count on All That Remains for is ripping guitar solos, and fortunately lead guitarist Oli Herbert hasn’t stopped contributing harmonic leads and shred, but it’s usually not worth sitting through the songs to get to them. Pass on this, and stick with the pre-Overcome discography and wonder where it all went. - JR
Heavy Blog’s favorite label Basick Records’ most recently announced signing Dissipate are releasing their new EP Tectonics next week, but you can get a head start in getting acquainted with Tectonics this week at Metal Underground, who have the exclusive stream. If you’re unfamiliar with the type of business Dissipate involve themselves in, think of the chaotic musical abstractions from the likes of Ion Dissonance, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, and Car Bomb with added melodic and atmospheric Deftones flair thrown in for good measure. We’re looking at a new obsession in the making with Dissipate.
Take one part Car Bomb, one part The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza and one part Ion Dissonance — smash them together and what do you get? Ask Basick Records.
Dissipate — Basick’s latest signing, who peddle some very tech-y and math-y ‘core’, definitely have the right influences when it comes down to it, but it’s the music that really speaks for itself. The above track ‘Motion‘ gives us our first insight into the bands upcoming EP for the label, Tectonics, with it’s stuttering and crushing rhythms and a surprising ending that finds vocalist Joshua Foster switching effortlessly between his gutteral shouts and crooning cleans. Definitely a band to keep an eye on and Basick continue to maintain their winning streak of signing some of the best underground groups around.
Tectonics is set for release on November 19th in Europe, 20th in North America.