The Pitch: Texas one-man mathcore/grindcore project The Sound That Ends Creation returns again with more mind-melting compositions, this time with a dose of maniacal piano. FFO: Psyopus, Spurn, Gadget
What I Like: This may very well be Chris' finest work to date. While I enjoyed Roses And Thorns And Dead Unicorns, things got so experimental as to come off the rails at times. Music Designed... (btw I refuse to type that title out every time) finds TSTEC continuing to try new things while also tightening up and reigning in the compositional chops. It ditches many of the oddball mathcore elements of its predecessor in favor of a more balls-to-the-wall mathgrind approach; favoring acerbic screams, death growls, and streamlined ragers (all clocking in at under 2 minutes). There are still the occassional weird, warbly vocals as on "Nothing Ruins Friday More Than Understanding That Today Is Tuesday," but by and large the biggest new addition here is insane piano abuse. Chris beats on the keys here arguably just as much as his guitar. I pity the classical pianist who hears this while polishing and tuning their own instrument. Every track features this element as a core component of its writing to great effect, and it was impressive just how much chaos it adds to the already insane riffage on display.
Critiques: There are a few brief segments here and there that get a little repetetive, but they never stick around long enough to really mar the experience. "A Town Living In Fear Of Roosters" sticks out the most as an example.
The Verdict: I really look forward to talking with Chris about this album more in depth on the podcast, so be sure to watch for that soon. The Sound That Ends Creation continues to be one of the most forward thinking projects in the genre, and I am honored to be able to share it with you in addition to premiering "Civil Serpents" last month. What are you waiting for? Buy it now!
Flight's Fav's: Civil Serpents, Pulling 562 Teeth All At Once, Shoving An M80 Into A Super Wasp Nest
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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