It wouldn’t be an October monthly without any mention of Halloween. It all started with Samhain, an old Celtic festival where the townsfolk would light these big-ass fires and wear costumes to ward off spirits. Nowadays, its kids warding off nutrition by knocking on doors and begging for candy. SpoOoOoky…

But hey, there were plenty of treats to be had in October. The obvious shiners in the math rock community were TTNG‘s Animals Acoustic and Lite‘s Blizzard (check the ‘Veterans’ section for these tasty morsels), but also great albums by Twin Pyramid Complex and Mambo. There’s also Matt Calvert of Three Trapped Tigers fame, who put forth the elegantly jazzy, post-classical, avant garde masterpiece Typewritten. As usual, we are not limited to math rock in our list; we’ve thrown in a range of other odd-timed beauties pervading our inbox. So without further ado, here is our picks for October…

Twin Pyramid Complex – Upplevelsen Av Formaliteten Att Faktiskt Förekomma


File Under

Noise, prog, math rock, experimental, improv

Sounds A Tad Like

Pneu, Upsilon Acrux, MoHa

Price

56SEK (Bandcamp)

Location

Helsingborg, Sweden


The Littlest Viking – Feelings & Stuff


File Under

Math punk, emo, two-piece

Sounds A Tad Like

Gulfer, Tiny Moving Parts

Price

$7 digital / $20 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

Los Angeles, California


Mambo – $20000 de Chorus


File Under

Math rock, instrumental, indie, experimental

Sounds A Tad Like

Enemies, The Redneck Manifesto, Chancer

Price

$20000 ono (Bandcamp)

Location

Liege, Belgium


A.M. Overcast – That Being Said


File Under

Math rock, indie, pop, emo

Sounds A Tad Like

Heavy Vegetable, Thingy, Vennart

Price

$3CAD (Bandcamp)

Location

Winnepeg, Manitoba


RXYZYXR – II of V


File Under

Instrumental, math metal, djent, progressive metal, groove metal

Sounds A Tad Like

Animals As Leaders, Body Hound, Town Portal

Price

$7USD (Bandcamp)

Location

Saint Petersburg, Russia


Big Lad – Pro Rock


File Under

Electronic, jazz, progressive, noise rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Three Trapped Tigers, Soccer96, Quadrupede

Price

£7 digital / £16 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

London, England


Matt Calvert – Typewritten


File Under

Math, jazz, orchestral, acoustic electronic

Sounds A Tad Like

Alarm Will Sound, Dawn of Midi, Three Trapped Tigers

Price

£7 (Bandcamp)

Location

London, England


Gösta Berlings Saga – Et Ex


File Under

Progressive, instrumental, post rock, math rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Mogwai courting with Dream Theater

Price

£17.49 vinyl + CD (burningshed.com)
€19.99 vinyl + CD / €14.99 CD (nuclearblast.de)

Location

Stockholm, Sweden


Hemwick – Junkie


File Under

Mathcore, prog metal, thrash, grind, post-rock, instrumental

Sounds A Tad Like

Frontierer, Between the Buried and Me, Body Hound

Price

$5 digital / $7 CD (Bandcamp)

Location

Ogden, Utah


Bear the Mammoth – Years Under Glass


File Under

Post-rock, progressive, math rock

Sounds A Tad Like

We Lost The Sea, Cloudkicker

Price

$10AUD digital / $15AUD CD / $35AUD vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

Melbourne, Australia


WILDCARDS


Wax Chattels – Live at Part Time Punks


File Under

Post-punk, dance punk, math punk, noise, synth, live

Sounds A Tad Like

Death From Above 1979, AK/DK, Kabobo

Price

$5 (Bandcamp)

Location

Auckland, New Zealand


Blast – Drifting


File Under

Nu jazz, contemporary jazz, math jazz

Sounds A Tad Like

Jaga Jazzist, Milton Man Gogh

Price

€7 digital / €12 CD (Bandcamp)

Location

France


pulses. – Mark IV


File Under

Post-hardcore, emo, math rock, swancore

Sounds A Tad Like

Blakfish, Joliette, Look What I Did

Price

$2USD (Bandcamp)

Location

Dumfries, Virginia


Snack Family – Bunny


File Under

Avant-rock, experimental, djazz, blues, swamp rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Nick Cave, The Lounge Lizards, Acoustic Ladyland

Price

£7.99 digital / £14.99 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

London, England


Horrendous – Idol


File Under

Progressive metal, death metal, old school, math metal

Sounds A Tad Like

Death, Necrophagist, Cynic, Atheist

Price

$9.99 (Bandcamp)

Location

Philly, Pennsylvania


Countdown from Ten – Speakeasy Petting Zoo


File Under

Math rock, post-hardcore, prog, post-rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Town Portal, ASIWYFA, Tera Melos

Price

Name your price digital / $8 CD (Bandcamp)

Location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Matron – Standing Water


File Under

Math rock, indie, prog, psychedelic, alt-pop

Sounds A Tad Like

Radiohead, Talking Heads. Tera Melos

Price

$3 digital / $6 cassette (Bandcamp)

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana


Euclid C Finder – EUCLID C FINDER!


File Under

Mathcore, noisecore, grind, solo

Sounds A Tad Like

The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Number Twelve Looks Like You

Price

Name your price digital / $5 cassette (Bandcamp)

Location

Baltimore, Maryland


Peachí – Peachy is Over Party


File Under

Math rock, post-hardcore, emo, jazz, sax

Sounds A Tad Like

Dumb Waiter, Axes

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

San Jose, California


Punching Swans – Faces


File Under

Noise rock, post-punk, math rock, post-hardcore

Sounds A Tad Like

The Blood Brothers, Falls, In Love Your Mother

Price

£5 digital / £8 cassette /£15 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

Kent, England


permanent tension – dedicated to the guilt that should have been felt but never was


File Under

Mathcore, hardcore

Sounds A Tad Like

Every Time I Die, Curlupanddie

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Belvidere, New Jersey


Little Wizard – Block


File Under

Math rock, post-punk, noise rock

Sounds A Tad Like

The Fierce And The Dead, The Redneck Manifesto

Price

$3USD (Bandcamp)

Location

Shaoxing, China


Seimugenhoutai – The Loss


File Under

Mathcore, tech death metal, extreme metal, noisecore, avant-prog metal

Sounds A Tad Like

Blotted Science, Kurushimi, Car Bomb

Price

$4USD (Bandcamp)

Location

Russia


Lilly Legit – Melovance


File Under

Math jazz, djazz, piano

Sounds A Tad Like

Tigran Hamasyan, Voronoi

Price

€4 (Bandcamp)

Location

Osnabrück, Germany


Kero – Mustelmia


File Under

Math rock, jazz fusion, prog, alt

Sounds A Tad Like

Yonen, Alex Skolnick Trio, Efterklang

Price

€1 (Bandcamp)

Location

Kajaani, Finland


Sit Calm – Percia


File Under

Math rock, emo, indie

Sounds A Tad Like

Polar Bear Club, Set Your Goals

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Winnipeg, Manitoba


monarch – The Memory of Trees


File Under

Math rock, alternative

Sounds A Tad Like

The Mercury Tree, Obstacles

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Toronto, Ontario


Archemist – Going Home


File Under

Math rock, post-punk, post-rock, sludge, two-piece

Sounds A Tad Like

Mental Architects, Dialects

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Binghamton, New York


Benjamin Blue – II


File Under

Pop, indie, emo, math rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Ganglions, Venkman

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Aberdeen, Scotland


Kaschalot – Whale Songs


File Under

Math rock, post-hardcore, prog, post-rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Riding The Diplodoc, MTCRSS, Weary Eyes

Price

€10 (Bandcamp)

Location

Tallinn, Estonia

READ MORE ABOUT ‘WHALE SONGS’ HERE


Blip – Facial


File Under

Math rock, instrumental, noise rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Yak Strangler, Weye

Price

$7USD (Bandcamp)

Location

Denver, Colorado


WILDCARDS


HOUDiNi – Roots


File Under

Mathtronica, experimental, low-fi

Sounds A Tad Like

Someone programmed atmospheric math/djent for a Playstation 1 JRPG

Price

Free (Bandcamp)

Location

Undisclosed location


In-Dreamview – In-Dreamview


File Under

Instrumental, post-rock, jazz, math rock, solo

Sounds A Tad Like

The Samuel Jackson Five, Jaga Jazzist

Price

Name your price digital / $7 CD (Bandcamp)

Location

New Jersey


Effet Barré – EP


File Under

Math rock, progressive, groove metal

Sounds A Tad Like

LITE, Partout Partout, PinioL

Price

€7 (Bandcamp)

Location

Paris, France


Requin – The Noisy Miners Swoop Him


File Under

Math rock, art-pop, indie

Sounds A Tad Like

Silian Rail, Delta Sleep, Palm

Price

$5AUD (Bandcamp)

Location

Brisbane, Australia


Dammit I’m Mad – Dammit I’m Mad


File Under

Math rock, art-pop, noise rock

Sounds A Tad Like

“if Lightning Bolt would play Deerhoof-covers”

Price

$20 CD / $25 vinyl (acetunes.biz)

Location

Stockholm, Sweden

READ MORE ABOUT DAMMIT I’M MAD HERE


Voyeur – La Nuit Juste Avant Les Forets


File Under

Math rock, post-rock, piano, pop

Sounds A Tad Like

toe, The Samuel Jackson Five

Price

$5USD (Bandcamp)

Location

Seoul, South Korea


Without Oars – Without Oars EP


File Under

Math rock, screamo

Sounds A Tad Like

Envy, Bear Makes Ninja

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

New York


Moths Will Nest In Your Eyes – There that is what not is yes


File Under

Math rock, IDM, mathcore, prog, noise, post-rock, jazz, synth

Sounds A Tad Like

Alarmist, 65 Days of Static, The Physics House Band

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Sheffield, England


Tall Talker – The Gino EP


File Under

Instrumental, math rock, prog, jazz, punk

Sounds A Tad Like

Ativin, Pele

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Leeds, England

READ MORE ABOUT TALL TALKER HERE


Yufi⁶⁴ – Yufi⁶⁴


File Under

Math rock, post-rock, VGM, electronic

Sounds A Tad Like

Math Rocktendo 64

Price

Name your price digital / $5 cassette (Bandcamp)

Location

Seattle, Washington

READ MORE ABOUT YUFI⁶⁴ HERE


Thiquid – For She


File Under

Mathcore, progressive metal, experiemtnal, glitch

Sounds A Tad Like

Body Hound, Loincloth

Price

$5CAD (Bandcamp)

Location

British Colombia


Violet Hours – Relert


File Under

Instrumental, alternative, indie, math rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Macho Muchacho, SLVDR

Price

Name your price digital / €3 CD (Bandcamp)

Location

San José, Costa Rica


F! – L’âge d’or du Bronze


File Under

Math rock, noise, stoner, electro, post-rock, two-piece

Sounds A Tad Like

Cleft, Too Piste

Price

Name your price digital / €3 CD (Bandcamp)

Location

Rennes, France


Touccan – Touccan


File Under

Math rock, punk, alt, two-piece

Sounds A Tad Like

Silian Rail, Totorro

Price

€1 (Bandcamp)

Location

Lyon, France


&therisk – Expectations


File Under

Metalcore, math rock, post-hardcore, metal, riffs, two-piece

Sounds A Tad Like

Botch, Curlupanddie, Cave In

Price

€8 digital / €10 USB box (Bandcamp)

Location

Cologne, Germany


acedia – G#


File Under

Instrumental, math rock, prog, jazz, space rock, tapping, solo

Sounds A Tad Like

CHON, Stage Kids

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Santiago, Chile


Carsyn Ainsworth – Milkweeds


File Under

Acoustic, math folk, female vocals, solo

Sounds A Tad Like

Natalie Evans, Kaki King

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Moran, Wyoming


Sweet Toothe – Sweet Toothe


File Under

Post-rock, post-hardcore, math rock, female vocals

Sounds A Tad Like

Stockades, Sketchshow

Price

$7CAD (Bandcamp)

Location

London, Ontario


Coyote the Trickster – Coyote the Trickster


File Under

Math rock, psychedelic, noise, prog

Sounds A Tad Like

Lingua Nada, No Age

Price

$5USD (Bandcamp)

Location

San Antonio, Texas


Too Piste – Too Piste


File Under

Math rock, dance punk, noise rock, two-piece

Sounds A Tad Like

Cleft, Death From Above 1979

Price

£6 digital or CD (Bandcamp)

Location

Hinckley, England

READ MORE ABOUT TOO PISTE HERE


NoiSays – NoiSays


File Under

Mathcore, djent, post-hardcore, chaotic, jazz, grind

Sounds A Tad Like

See You Next Tuesday, Psyopus

Price

$8 digital or CD (Bandcamp)

Location

Baltimore, Maryland


Taco de Golfe – Folge


File Under

Math rock, prog, punk, post-rock

Sounds A Tad Like

CHON, The Mars Volta, Don Caballero

Price

$4USD (Bandcamp)

Location

Aracaju, Brazil


Yellow After Rain – Condemnation


File Under

Math rock, emo, shoegaze

Sounds A Tad Like

Prawn, Braid

Price

$9.99 digital / $10 CD (Bandcamp)

Location

Lincoln, Nebraska


WILDCARDS


DRH – Thin Ice


File Under

Progressive, rock, metal, jazz

Sounds A Tad Like

Town Portal with sax?

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Lyon, France


Saint Lune – Cope


File Under

Melodic metal, math rock, post-hardcore, prog metal, female vocals

Sounds A Tad Like

Paramore, Plini

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Boston, Massachusetts


Sandman Project – Royal Family


File Under

Jazz fusion, world

Sounds A Tad Like

ukandanz, Pixvae

Price

£4 digital / £6 CD / £12 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

Tel Aviv, Israel


Impetus – Delirium


File Under

Alt rock, math rock, pop rock, prog rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Death and the Penguin, Black Peaks, Incubus

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Mannheim, Germany


zeta – Magia Infinita


File Under

Math rock, chaotic punk, post-hardcore, screamo, post-rock

Sounds A Tad Like

The Mars Volta, Austin TV, Poly-Math

Price

$7 digital / $25 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela


Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want


File Under

Dark, noise rock, post-hardcore, doom

Sounds A Tad Like

A dark hallway

Price

$10 digital / $14 CD / $25 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

Providence, Rhode Island


TTNG – Animals Acoustic


File Under

Math rock, emo

Sounds A Tad Like

TTNG, but acoustic

Price

£7.99 (Bandcamp)

Location

Oxford, England

READ MORE ABOUT ‘ANIMALS ACOUSTIC’ HERE


LITE – Blizzard


File Under

Math rock, post-rock, progressive, electronic

Sounds A Tad Like

toe, Low-pass

Price

$2 digital / $9 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

Tokyo, Japan


Flares – Allegorhythms


File Under

Post-rock, prog, shoegaze, math rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Gosta Berlings Saga, sleepmakeswaves

Price

€8 digital / €11 CD / €17 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

Saarbrücken, Germany


Shiiin – Future Past Life


File Under

Instrumental, post-rock, math rock, indie, lost album, 2011

Sounds A Tad Like

The Samuel Jackson Five, Shellac

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Chicago, Illinois


WILDCARDS

Deerhoof – Deerhoof Plays Music Of The Shining


File Under

Experimental rock, noise rock, avant-garde, film soundtrack

Sounds A Tad Like

Deerhoof playing music of The Shining

Price

$2 digital / $8.50 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

San Francisco, California


Thumpermonkey – Make Me Young, etc.


File Under

Progressive rock, art rock, math rock, pop

Sounds A Tad Like

Oceansize, Knifeworld, Cheer-Accident

Price

£6.99 digital / £7.99 CD / £19.99 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

London, England


PAK – Bestial


File Under

Noise rock, avant metal, prog, math rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Craw, Knut, Loincloth

Price

$5USD (Bandcamp)

Location

New York, New York


The Dodos – Certainty waves


File Under

Indie rock, pop, folk, alternative, two-piece

Sounds A Tad Like

Menomena, Wolf Parade

Price

$8 digital / $10 CD / $18-19 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

San Francisco, California