Bangladeafy – Narcopaloma
Narcopaloma is the newest collection of frenetic tunes from New York bass and drum duo Bangladeafy. This new seven-track EP comes three years after the release of their previous EP, The Briefcase, and features the return of their chaotic blend of mathcore, funk and jazz. In the grand scheme of things, Narcopaloma is not a far cry from the material on its predecessor, stylistically speaking. The main difference between the two is that Narcopaloma, as a whole, is a bit more aggressive and not as whimsical as The Briefcase. That’s not to say this release isn’t wacky, because it certainly is, but the instrumentation just seems to bear its teeth more here. After a brief electronic intro the release officially begins with “Termites”; a track full of complex percussive outbursts and spiraling Les Claypool-on-acid bass lines, set against a backdrop of quirky synths and atmospheres. The one-two punch of “Act Like An Adult” and “Tundra Sultan” follows next, with the former dishing out drug-induced syncopated grooves in abundance, and the latter features a back-and-forth struggle between funky complexity and sci-fi synth work. The final half of the EP is where the band begin to showcase their more aggressive side. “Crimes At Sea” storms out of the gate with flurries of angular grooves and dissonant, off-kilter attacks that sound like a kooky blend between Primus, The Dillinger Escape Plan and any one of Mike Patton‘s musical endeavors. “Say It With Your Chest” revolves around a discombobulating pull between softer jazz bits and pure chaos, while album closer “Trillionaire” is just an unyielding display of high octane, spiraling bass virtuosity. Although they do not tread any new ground with this release, Bangladeafy possess a unique and wonderfully weird style that is still fresh and exciting. Bass nerds and general oddballs will definitely be enamored with this record.
Release Date: August 26, 2016
Label: Nefarious Industries
Favorite Tracks: “Termites”, “Crimes At Sea” and “Say It With Your Chest”
For Fans Of: Primus, A Fucking Elephant, Brain Tentacles and Dysrhythmia
Exalt – The Shape You Took Before the Ache
Canada’s Exalt weave together bone-breaking metallic hardcore with moody atmosphere on their third full-length offering, The Shape You Took Before the Ache. The core of Exalt‘s sound is comprised of muscular metallic hardcore that harks back to the genre’s progenitors like Buried Alive and Turmoil, while also taking a page from the new breed. But what makes the band stick out among their contemporaries is their tendency to experiment with catchier, more “alternative” song structures and atmospherics, without losing any of their grit. This 37 minute powerhouse shows this Kitchener, Ontario quartet really beginning to find the sound that suits them. The record starts off strong with the grumpy “Sacrifice to Purify”. This four-minute stunner pulls no punches and is vicious all the way through with its endless barrage of lurching, chugging beatdowns and bursts of hardcore stampedes. The following three tracks, “Undertow”, “Martyr Alone” and “Judas Wolf”, keep the momentum going with their unyielding metallic assaults. These instrumentation on these tracks cycle between hellacious hardcore, skull-crushing breakdowns and dissonant and angular flurries of riffs. A brief acoustic guitar interlude titled “The Ache” offers a bit of breathing room before the band launch back into auditory warfare with the brooding “Leave Them All Behind” and “Worship”. “Worship” is probably the most notable of the two because it flawlessly introduces memorable choruses into the band’s usual sonic blitzkriegs. This is also the point in the album where the band begin to experiment a bit more. “The Shape” breaks up the madness between two of the heaviest tracks on the record, “Body Be Free” and “Caro”, with reverb-laden guitars and melancholic clean vocals. “I Dove Into the Sun” closes things out on a somber yet powerful note with moody verses and explosive, alternative metal-esque choruses. The song sounds like Exalt‘s version of a mid-era Deftones track and it just works. It would have been nice to see more moments like this throughout the record rather than concentrated toward the end, as Exalt‘s style really seems to excel when it is combined with these kinds of influences. But the majority of record is not exactly alien territory to this band, despite how hard-hitting the songs are. That being said, The Shape You Took Before the Ache marks the beginning of an exciting shift for this band, and will hopefully lead to more interesting things if they continue along this path.
Release Date: September 9, 2016
Label: Good Fight Music
Favorite Tracks: “Sacrifice to Purify”, “Judas Wolf”, “Caro”, “The Shape” and “I Dove Into the Sun”
For Fans Of: Old Wounds, Eternal Sleep, Converge and Axis