The world is a crazy place that calls for crazy music. Enter technical death metal, one of extreme music’s most slippery and indecipherable subgenres. From the space-aged weirdness of Artificial Brain to the entombed, unknowable horrors of Portal, tech death spans a wide array of sounds that are difficult to consolidate into a cohesive paradigm. Which, to be frank, is part of the subgenre’s limitless appeal. Newcomers Chaos Motion enter the particularly expansive tech death fray with a chaotic, jazzy, sputtering hellfest of a debut Psychological Spasms Cacophony. The record is a beast, and we couldn’t be more pleased to bring you the album’s opening long cut, “The Sound of Specter”, premiering exclusively here at Heavy Blog!
From the track’s opening seconds, its apparent that the journey across its five tumultuous minutes will not be an easy one. There is a definitively avant-garde style to the songwriting, as Alexis Tedde and Guillermo Gonzalez’s guitar work starts, stops, races, and pummels listeners into a very early submission with unrelenting ferocity. It’s supremely chaotic stuff, both bolstered and restrained by a fantastic drum performance by Juan Pablo Munoz, who utilizes the kit to generate wild tempo swings that make the track feel completely unpredictable. There’s a whole lot to unpack here early on, but the maelstrom is made readable by the masterful hands of Colin Marston, he of Gorguts/Krallice/Behold… The Arctopus fame. His supremely capable work behind the boards allows the chaos inherent within the band’s music to wander freely, but never without a ridiculous amount of clarity in the mix. This makes the track all the more decipherable upon repeat listens, which I strongly recommend.
In all, Chaos Motion deliver the goods with “The Sound of Specter”. It’s a thoroughly engaging track that is a solid indicator of what listeners can expect from the band’s debut full-length, and I for one cannot wait for the world to hear it. In the meantime, we’ve got this slab of insanity to keep us company. Look for the album to drop October 18th via Transcending Obscurity Records, and pre-order it over on the band’s Bandcamp page.