Many moons ago, I was an avid collector of CDs by bands that I had little to no information on. This existed in the days before Wikipedia when word of mouth was most of what you ran on. If it wasn’t too obscure, maybe Metal Insider or a magazine of the ilk would shed some light on what you were looking for. This wasn’t usually the case for mathcore however.
Mathcore is a genre I was thrust into all at once and with great vigor. I was in an odd place at the time and when my first Dillinger album was thrust at me, I was taken to a new place. I began looking for more and eventually I came into the albums that I will be telling you about in my contributions to March Madness.
From A Second Story Window was one of my first. They were spastic, insane and downright nasty. Their vicious, raucous style was met only by those within their genre and their debut offering Not One Word Has Been Omitted is an album that has stuck with me for over a decade and a half. The album was originally released in 2003 under the title The Casandra Complex but when Black Market Activities picked it up and re-released it in 2005, it was given a new name. This EP was the only to feature original vocalist Sean Vandegrift and it is far and away more insane than their follow-up albums Delenda and Conversations.
Although it only features five songs, the EP is over half an hour long and shows the wide range of the bands power and talent. From their Proggy metalcore edge to their straight-up mathcore grinding, From A Second Story Window were a powerhouse in a tiny package and Not One Word Has Been Omitted holds a very dear, very special place in my heart. “I Tried Voodoo Once” was the first track I ever heard by the band and still remains my favorite on the albums. If you’re not familiar with this band, find this and make it yours. You’re brain will thank you once it stops bleeding. Gnarly out.