Starter Kit: Modern Mathcore

I can already see the comments flowing: “Modern Mathcore? The fuck is that?” Yes, in a sense, modern mathcore is not a genre, but rather describes a specific time in the history of mathcore, much like the new waves of British and American Heavy Metal (1970-80’s and 2000’s-present, respectively). It’s…

Half-Life — The Dillinger Escape Plan

Before writing this, I watched The Dillinger Escape Plan perform “Prancer” live at the 2013 Golden God Awards, where, about halfway into the song, Greg Puciato cuts his head, yet performs, blood just streaming down his face, and finishes the song, even smashing a guitar against the huge wall of Orange Amps in the process. I had seen this video before—a lot of people have—but while I watched it this time, I realized how symbolic this was of the Dillinger Escape Plan as a whole. Ben Weinman and company don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks about their music, and are prepared to do what they need to do to make their music. And it shows, as there really isn’t a bad Dillinger Escape Plan album—they’re all solid in their own, unique ways.

Hey, Listen To Cetus!

Let’s face it, it’s 2016 now and, at this point, there is no reason at all to still be listening to metal/hardcore in a 4/4 time signature. It’s boring, is based in eighth notes (snooze-fest incoming, am I right?), and is significantly easier to transcribe due to lack of mixed meter. That is where Lansdale, Pennsylvania’s Cetus comes into play, local mathcore stalwarts who are determined to make you go through at least three pieces of staff paper working out the time signature for their sweet, math-y grooves.

Hey! Listen to Bisbâyé!

Polyrhythmics. Some would say the foundations of djent, a genre which lately turned away from this primal and complex material in favour of a sleeker, simpler, and ultimately cheaper one. The meticulously crafted works of King Crimson and Meshuggah eventually were dumbed down and made more easily digestible to the…