Two of most promising acts in mathcore come together deliver 17 minutes of disorienting fury on their new split release.
Orlando’s Arms showcase some of the most unpredictable material in their discography on their side of this split. “Pentigroid Alcheum” kicks everything with seemingly endless barrages of off-kilter rhythmic shifts, acrobatic guitar riffs, and dissonant breakdowns. The song is unrelenting in its epileptic assaults, jerking and twitching from one colorful riff to the next until listeners are thoroughly discombobulated. The vocals, which range from throat-searing screams to Mike Patton-meets-Glassjaw eccentricities, heighten the song’s most volatile moments. “Junk Witch” follows next with a jazzy piano-led intro peppered with minimal electronic glitching and spearheaded by oddly catchy, effect-laden clean vocals. Soon this jazz section gives way to Arms‘ signature blend of frenetic riff madness, albeit with a post-hardcore tinge this time around.
Seizures‘ side of the split picks up where 2013’s The Sanity Universal left off with two new tracks of interstellar chaotic hardcore. The California act kicks off their side with “Boreality”; a jarring tune that cycles between dreamlike post-rock and head-spinning complexity. The track lulls the listener into a false sense security with its moody atmospheric passages before ripping them limb-from-limb with rampaging, discordant instrumentation. “The Yellow Queen” presents everything in a reverse order, unleashing sonic psychosis before bleeding seamlessly into a climax of gorgeous, transcendental sound. Both tracks are filled to the brim with seething aggression that can be felt in every unpredictable, jagged riff and oddly-timed breakdown. Seizures‘ side of this split is essentially what would happen if you shot Botch into deep space.
Although both bands play drastically different interpretations of the same style, they compliment each other perfectly in this context and provide for a compelling, crushing, and endlessly entertaining release. If these songs are any indication of where these bands are heading then our psyches are in for a real beating.
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Label: Dark Trail Records
For Fans Of: Botch, Coalesce, and The Dillinger Escape Plan