While the majority of the Svbterranean team covered mathcore albums that were released 10 years ago or more, I opted for a record that came out a mere 3 years ago for my final post for March Madness. The record in question is Warsawwasraw‘s debut full-length, Sensitizer; an album that pays tribute to the mathcore and metallic hardcore greats, while giving the genre a vicious kick in the ass. If you enjoy all things fast and chaotic, then please read on.
Geneva Switzerland’s Knut (pronounced CA-NOOT, the Russian word for “whip”, thanks Wikipedia) were one of those bands that I always loved, but for a long time whenever I brought them up, no one else seemed to know who they were. I chalked this up to a couple of factors: first, that my taste in obscure, elite underground bands was/is really impeccable and second, that Knut is from Europe and American hardcore/metal kids don’t pay attention to European bands. Its mostly the first reason though. Continue Reading
When I saw Psyopus live for the first time, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. Someone told me they were a mathcore band from upstate New York, but I hadn’t taken the time to check them out before watching them open for Misery Index in 2007. They started playing the intro riff to Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” (in jest, of course), before unleashing the fastest and most chaotic whirlwind of complex grinding noise. Somewhere between hearing those first discordant notes and picking my jaw up off the floor, I realized this wasn’t like anything I’d ever seen or heard before. I later learned that song was “Whore Meet Liar” from their second album, which had just been released that year, titled Our Puzzling Encounters Considered.
“Love is a disgusting thing.” This line, repeated over and over again throughout “Hyperventilationsystem,” is one of the most affecting moments on a record for me. And it’s not just the words – as callous as they might be (and truer than I care to admit) – but also the way vocalist Alexis Marshall unravels as he sings/howls them each time, combined with the piercing guitars hysterically spazzing out beneath, that give the sentiment even more of a soul-crushing impact. It embraces that anxiety-ridden feeling that’s at the center of any good mathcore, which extends beyond this track and throughout the entire 23 spellbinding minutes of Hell Songs – the 2006 album from Providence, Rhode Island’s Daughters.
The band that always comes to my mind when I hear the word “mathcore” is Ion Dissonance. Solace was the first release under that tag which pulled me in and made me think, “Ah yes! I get it now.” So it’s only fitting that I begin my picks with this album – one of my all-time favorites – for our March Madness mathcore series.
American Nervoso is Botch’s oft-overlooked, nearly always underrated first proper record. It appeared via seminal avant-hardcore label Hydra Head Records in 1998, and since about a year later, when the band released their best known album We Are the Romans, American Nervoso has dwelled in its shadow, like the ugly friend from Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings. Continue Reading
If spring makes you think of weird time signatures and dissonance, you are not alone. We here at Svbterranean have decided to dedicate the month of March to that little genre known as “mathcore”. Throughout the month, we will be posting about some of our favorite releases that have become affiliated with the genre in our oh so cleverly-named series, March Madness. These are records that we are either personally fond of, or ones that we find significant in some way. Expect to rediscover old favorites or discover something new this month.
Before anyone says anything, we will not be covering The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Calculating Infinity or Botch’s We Are the Romans. That’s not to say these artists won’t make an appearance in this series, but we feel these particular albums are generally regarded as the Holy Books of the genre and it would be too easy to write about them. Even though we do agree they are totally sick.
Please feel free to leave comments telling us your thoughts on the particular record(s), your favorite mathcore releases, or how much our opinions suck. Enjoy.