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.