Grindcore is a brilliant genre; in fact, just generally, aggressive-tech-metal can be a very rewarding style of music – there’s a furious, electrifying energy captured in the violence of the music, which can ultimately prove tangibly cathartic. However, it’s such that, most often, that same energy is pumped into the creation of darker, angrier music which, without wanting to criticise, is not what listeners seeking a fix of intense, aggressive music always want.
Four years have passed since Sacramento-based math wierdos, Tera Melos released their last record, Xe’d out; a gap which, aside from their month-long US tour with Chon and company, earlier this year, has seen the band remain relatively quiet...
For as long as I have been aware of triumphant Leeds math rock trio, Tall Talker, I have been totally enamoured with them; their ability to create complex, “mathematical” music which remains tasteful and solidly abundant in groove has them ranked pretty highly in my books.
There are some album covers that seem to perfectly visually encompass the vibe of their record: Loveless, maybe, by My Bloody Valentine, its strummed guitar obscured by an obtrusive pink haze, or Geogaddi by Boards of Canada; its strangely unsettling art beset with very slightly off-kilter patterns and subtle symbolism, hinting of things to come.