Body Hound brings together Sheffield's post-hardcore outfit Rolo Tomassi with the remains of tech-death band Antares for the decidedly math-rock-titled 'Rhombus Now', a record that blends together an affection for prog rock with the modern sounds of bands like And So I Watch You From Afar and Maps & Atlases. Body Hound are more interested in maddening rythms and instrumentals than they are bringing the heavy.
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Super group time! 'Rhombus Now' sees ex-Rolo Tomassi bass Joe and guitar Joe joining Antares axe wizard Calvin and Redmist Destruction sticksman Ryan to form four-headed math-prog monster Body Hound. The immediate and obvious differences between what's happening here to Antares and Tomassi are that the pace has slowed compared to those bands' frantic fret abuse and they've not got a singer screeching over the top.
There are plenty of similarities too though. The hard-hitting tones and crisp stop-start riffing and love of counting to numbers bigger than four are still prominent, but stretched out to a more leisurely pace it suddenly takes on a far more early-King Crimson complexion. It's an updated take on that sound, though, with something of the awkward danceability of Three Trapped Tigers or Battles; the bass grunts fatly and the drums are thick and propulsive with some noise rock inspired guitar violence is going on in places, often taking a gut-punchingly skeletal Shellac-esque riff and then twisting it up in nimble guitar acrobatics. It's the kind of thing that'll appeal to people who like the neo-prog indulgences of bands like Monster Killed By Laser or even El Doom & the Born Electric, and of course classic Crimmo. Great balance between riffy fun and mathy virtuosity, well worth investigating.
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