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.
For the past three years Tera Collective have been drip feeding us videos and posts regarding the release of a mysterious five song EP. We waited in patience due to our obvious excitement, why wouldn't we be excited? Occasionally we'd lay awake at night with their Facebook posts circling our heads.
Depression manifests itself in many ways. Whether diagnosed or not it is a very real and debilitating disease that is nearly impossible to accurately describe to those who are unafflicted. Fortunately there is one outlet that humans have used for thousands of years that portrays these types of intangible emotions: art.
South Korea is not a hotbed of math rock bands (There’s a joke here about maths and Asians but it’s derivative) however that doesn’t mean that the country is totally void of that music we like. One such act is Tierpark who have been creating lush, dreamy, miss-your-stop music for over five years now and already have two applause-worthy albums under their belt, 2015’s The Moment Two Worlds Meet is especially deserving of your ears.
Four years have passed since Sacramento-based math wierdos, Tera Melosreleased 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...
Even in this digital age where you can find about any genre under the sun, it's hard to find a band as eclectic and bizarre as Nojikas. Still, from a listen to this latest frenetic release the バレエ Ballet Mechanic EP, it's clear that this Japanese experimental outfit couldn't really exist in any other time.