Dallas’ Baring Teeth deliver a head-spinning, raw, and vicious tech metal opus with their third full-length record, Transitive Savagery.
The record opens up with a 90-second bombardment of swarming, cacophonous riffs and disorienting harmonics on “The Quiescent Mass”, which then bleeds into the chaotic maelstrom of “Abstracted Mind”. The track in question is filled to the brim with churning, writhing instrumentation that continually intertwines with itself and becomes increasingly more disfigured. The jerking and jagged rhythms and swells of dissonance eventually slow to a snail’s pace, which then gives way to an extended, somber piano outro that gives listener’s a short bit of time to prepare themselves for the rhythmic hell to come.
The album’s fifth and title track bursts forth with violent, gritty, tremolo-picked riffs that sound like a swarm of otherworldly insects descending upon the listener. These buzzing notes frequently break apart into more angular riff shapes and are further molded into sprawling chords that reverberate atop of stampeding drumming. This sprawling approach is expanded upon further in the nearly nine-minute “Aqueous”, which is full of lurching rhythms and sparse, yet devastating guitar work that gradually builds into walls of caustic noise.
The album’s final track, “Impressions Left Behind”, proves to be its most eclectic. The track begins with a quick burst of serpentine notes that then dissolve into spacey, dissonant chords that float above off-kilter, seasick syncopated rhythms. The song cycles between this odd section and a brief section of doom-esque riffs for the bulk of the track, with the final 90 seconds or so exploding into a mind-boggling display of earsplitting insanity.
Baring Teeth‘s Transitive Savagery is a 37-minute opus of rhythmically-jarring, carefully-crafted chaos. The record shows a band who have become masters of their craft and have a keen eye for detail. It’s hard not to get lost in all of the nuance and the cerebral decimation. The key word in Transitive Savagery is “savagery”, because that’s what this record is full of.
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Label: Translation Loss
Favorite Tracks: “Abstracted Mind”, “Perikaryon”, and “Transitive Savagery”
For Fans Of: Gorguts, Pyrrhon and Gigan