Pals of metal get together and try a shred. Sounds like the stuff of our teens, but here it's actually the work of veterans Brann Dailor (from riff behemoths Mastodon), Core Adams (outta Zruda) and Raheem Amlani (via Withered and Scarab). A fine team, but don't expect the usual dosages -- this record sees them do some space orienteering as a unit of psychlords. With honest-to-god synths and what I imagine will be many an overblown groove, this record sees the trio high on a nerd out.
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Greetings, traveller. You have just entered the sea of hands. Oh, and watch out for the lava, that onslaught of synth-rock over there and maybe those giant green hands too. They’ll getcha. This scene is the cosmic tripped-out dream of Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor, who has essentially rewritten The Hunter here, replacing Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher with some Camel-esque synths. Brace yourself.
Gotta say, it’s weird hearing synths playing all the gallops, chugs and shreds that metal is (in)famous for. When I said Camel I meant Camel. Think The Mars Volta after heading to a Daft Punk gig and having their minds blown. Put off yet? Well you would be, wouldn’t you, discerning record buyer anonymous. But you’d also be right, this is a good laugh for a bit and would go down well if you were tripping out but I don’t think many people will be able to handle a lot of it. Maybe it’s metal for the next generation of moshers, tweeting in the circle pit and putting posters of Skrillex’ synth collection on their walls. One thing I have to say though is that Brann Dailor’s drumming and vocals are excellent on here, so there’s that on the plus side.
It is just very obviously a ridiculous idea.
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