CHAMELEON TECHNOLOGY is the musical love child of California based musician Max Histrionic. Before we get to the music, it should be noted that Histrionic has chosen quite a unique way to present his music in a live setting. Bass and drums are synced with live action video of Histrionic performing both instruments and are then projected next to him playing guitar and singing live. That is pretty sweet, to say the least. The new EP Blank Canvas sees Histrionic further exploring his sound with dark, personally/socially aware lyrical themes, against a backdrop of punk, metal and industrial music.
Blank Canvas roars out of the gate with “No Safe Word.” Histrionic possesses a vitriolic bark that is remarkably similar to Chris Colohan of Canadian hardcore bands CURSED and BURNING LOVE. Despite this similarity CHAMELEON TECHNOLOGY explores territory that is more in line with THE LIVING END or THRICE. Long after this brief album opener concluded I found it repeating in my head.
The ep is quite short. It’s almost as if Histrionic is aware of the listener’s attention span in this day and age. He seems to use to his advantage. Blank Canvas incorporates brevity and urgency to achieve a short, but sweet, shot of micro anthems.
The ep concludes with the title track. The sound is frantic, heady, and razor-wire sharp. Histrionic’s commanding vocals alert the listener that “it isn’t real anyway.” The arrangements pummel the listener in a similar way that the Alchemy Index by THRICE did. With this approach CHAMELEON TECHNOLOGY mines powerful territory with a striking balance of whimsy and precision.
CHAMELEON TECHNOLOGY pushes the envelope in all facets of his output. This ep is an impressive undertaking to say the least. If he is able to execute his music live half as good as he does Blank Canvas, CHAMELEON TECHNOLOGY will surely wow any audience.
Release Date: August 5, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “No Safe Word” “Lifestyle Science” “Blank Canvas”
For Fans Of: Thrice, The Living End, Cursed, The Locust.