SeeYouSpaceCowboy and secondgradeknifefight capture the insanity of early 2000s mathcore on their new split release.
The early-mid 2000s saw an influx of bands whose sound sat at the crossroads between grindcore, mathcore and metalcore. Dubbed “Myspacegrind” by some, this colorful style of extreme music was characterized by dissonant, spastic guitars, breakdowns galore and irreverent humor. The sound slowly faded from the limelight by the end of the decade, but has made a comeback of sorts in recent years. California’s SeeYouSpaceCowboy and Virginian one-man act secondgradeknifefight are two particular acts helping to bring this rambunctious style of metal back, and their split together will have listeners donning their tight pants once again.
SeeYouSpaceCowboy‘s side of the split is comprised of four off-kilter, miscreant anthems full of earsplitting dissonance, breakneck breakdowns and snark. The tracks bleed seamlessly into each one another, resulting in a nonstop barrage of discombobulating sound. The instrumentation is frenetic and unpredictable, with its frequently shifting rhythms and endless supplies of wacky riffs. The guitars deliver bursts of discordant, sliding riffs that sound like swarms of Hellish insects that aim to wreak havoc on listener’s minds. These riff salads almost always lead toward insurmountably heavy, early 2000s metalcore breakdowns comprised of palm-muted chugging and dissonant chords. Some cuts incorporate nauseating, noisy and sassy sections of bouncing interludes (see “Stop Calling Us Screamo”) that prove to be oddly danceable. At the heart of all this noise is vocalist Connie Sgarbossa, whose extensive array of screams, growls and bratty whines keeps up with the music’s ever changing nature.
Secondgradeknifefight‘s side of the split is an assault of chaotic cybergrind and cacophonous noise. Just like SeeYouSpaceCowboy’s tracks, each of secondgradeknifefight‘s tracks comes crashing in one after the other with only brief audio snippets to provide listeners some futile breathing room. These five tracks close out the split with high octane, spastic grind and fierce, screeching vocals. The guitars unleash complete carnage across these songs. The instrumentation ranges from blurs of low-end, disjunctive madness, to feverish bouts of psychotic, angular riffs. The drum programming is brutal and hammering, and when combined with harsh noise and bludgeoning breakdowns (see “The Devil Is Real and He Tried to Eat My Ass (Goodbye Uncle Fuck)”), it feels like being punched by the cybernetic fists of T-800.
The entire split clocks in at roughly 10 minutes in length. That may seem like a ludicrously short amount of time, but another minute or two from either band could cause cerebral hemorrhaging in some not prepared for this kind of chaos. Overall it is an insane, mind-boggling release that is fun in the most masochistic sense of the word.
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Label: Dark Trail Records/Zegema Beach Records/Miss the Stars Records/Dingleberry Records/Longrail Records/R.I.P. in Peace/Rakkerpak Records/Pattern Recognition Records
For Fans Of: Me and Him Call It Us, HeavyHeavyLowLow, See You Next Tuesday, Robinson, Daughters and Fear Before the March of Flames