If math rock is your thing, then Tera Melos is also your thing. The fifth record from US math and experimental rockers Tera Melos entitled Trash Generator is a great addition to the genre. Incorporating a number of different textures, layers and elements to their music has enabled them to carry on with the sound they helped develop, but also keep real with the time period they find themselves in. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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Math rock and the whole of the progressive metal scene has become something massive in the past, what? Twenty years? The complexity of the music equally paired with usually unique vocals has given math rock a kind of a cultish following. Most fans will sit down and listen to a record throughly at first, rather than listen whilst doing a complex task. I may not be a neuropsychologist, but I can feel something different happen with my brain when I listen to a new prog/math rock record.
From the very beginning, Tera Melos have been game changers. They've always tried to push what they can get away with concerning timings and musical structure. But for me, Trash Generator offers something a little different. As soon as they set off on their musical journey, both System Preferences and Your Friends give your mind a blast of jittering guitars and bouncy drum beats in a time signature that may as well be called a pattern rather than 4/4, 5/4 or 7/8. They seem to have become heavily involved in using truly beautiful polyrhythmic patterns, too.
Without sounding too descriptive and just giving the record a running commentary, you find yourself listening to album quite effortlessly. You never really think of skipping a track, there are no acoustic tracks or tracks that feel like they shouldn't be on the record. There are a few tracks that are a little experimental, such as GR30A11 - but I'd rather refer to that as an interlude track.
I'd love to sit here and write for the entire length of the record three times over, but it probably wouldn't go down too well with Phil. So I'll try and bring my points to some sort of an unambiguous close. Trash Generator, track number three, is not the best track on the record. Yet picking a favourite track would be far too difficult. All I will say is that listening to this Tera Melos record with a good set of earphones that cancel out every last spider f**t of sound could potentially melt your mind. It did with me.
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