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"As previously stated, I want to talk a bit about some of my favourite records of 2016. I've started with Coma Cluster Void, whose abstract take on tech death recalls the unfathomable horrors of deep space."

Source: http://artfailureislove.tumblr.com/post/153988641051/coma-cluster-void-mind-cemeteries

1997 movie spoiler alert: In the movie Event Horizon, the cast are sent out to explore of a long-lost spaceship that has suddenly reappeared. Only to find that the technology the ship was equipped with allowed it to pass in to another dimension that is analogous to our traditional images of Hell. Coma Cluster Void appear to mirror this journey as a space exploring metal band who have passed to another plain of existence. Only to return as twisted, perverse reflection of what initially crossed the divide.

The feeling of inter-dimensional horror is prevalent throughout. Intro Prologue eschews the screeching feedback more typically used to ring in such sonic extremity in favour of something akin to a score that accompanies the the rising of some great, unknown horror of cinema. Indeed, there is something entirely otherworldly about Coma Cluster Void’s brand of metal which stutters, grooves and pulverises indiscriminately.

The guitars crunch and careen; off kilter grooves give way to abstract, vertigo inducing riffing. The drums pound and pummel, yet drummer Chris Burrows knows exactly when to pull his rhythms back from the edge in favour of something more delicate. This makes songs like Path of Lies all the more powerful. While the bass work through out provides an earthy underpinning of the guitar while locking in well with the drums when summoned to highlight the percussive force of the drums.

And yet, there is a directness that underpins this album that gives the listener something to grasp between impressive, but at times overwhelming dissonance and chaos. The title track, for example, recalls Ion Dissonance at their most devastating. There is also a variety in the vocals that is not always present in such extreme music. While you’re not going to be getting any epic, soaring clean vocals, or much beyond the occasional spoken/hissed passage when it comes to a clean vocal line, barring Petrified Tears, which offers up the sort of broken croon that wouldn’t be out of place on a Starkweather record.

Vocalists Austin Taylor and Mike DiSalvo, of Dimensionless and Cryptopsy respectively, trade barks, rasps and roars with great chemistry and the different textures in their voices complement each other well, lending an added depth to an already deep release.

Mind Cemeteries is an album of destruction and transformation. A force to be repulsed by but in thrall to. Created by a band, who if you didn’t know any better, you would swear were not of this world.

"Mind Cemeteries is a very advanced debut that gives very high expectations for future works. If their first work arrives at this, I can not imagine what they are able to achieve next. This is a beautiful work of art with landscapes that take us to our most sinister, violent and sick sides as human beings."

Source: http://melomanopervertido.blogspot.de/2016/11/coma-cluster-void-mind-cemeteries-review.html

Coma Cluster Void - Mind Cemeteries REVIEW

Cuando una banda está comenzando su primer trabajo suele tener una cierta inmadurez en su sonido y composición. A pesar que muchos discos debut de muchas bandas son bastante buenos, logran la perfección y su deficición de su sonido hasta en segundo o tercer disco.
 
Mike Disalvo el legendario ex vocalista de Cryptopsy en discos tan devastadores y  geniales como Whisper Supremacy tanto And Thel You'll beg regresa después de muchos años junto con otros músicos con este proyecto llamado Coma Cluster Void con su material debut llamado Mind Cemeteries.
 
Coma Cluster Void con Mind Cemeteries es la mezcla de toda violencia moderna en la música extrema, tiene esa herencia ominosa y violenta de Gorguts , la locura y complejidad de un disco como Calculating Infinity de The Dillinger Escape Plan y la ira de una banda como Ion Dissonance, este trabajo se podría definir como una fusión del Technical Death Metal con el Math Metal. Mind Cemeteries no es una escuchada fácil de primera escucha dentro de toda esa técnica y esa complejidad en la estructura de las piezas lo podrías sentir algo frío y bastante ominoso, solo los ya curtidos podrán disfrutar de este álbum fácilmente , dentro de toda esa atmósfera mal sana y furiosa, notarás mucho virtuosismo hecho con bastante maldad y muy poca melodía. Coma Cluster Void no solo quiere una banda super compleja si no que también la mas violenta de los tiempos actuales.
 
Recomendado para Fans de Gorguts,Ulcerate, Portal, Ion Dissonance, Psyopus y para todo melómano interesado en este tipo de propuesta. Este Mind Cemeteries es un debut muy avanzado y que da una muy alta expectativa para trabajos futuro , si con su primer trabajo ya llegaron a esto, no me puedo imaginar de lo que son capaces de llegar después.
 
Calificación 9.5 : Es una obra arte bastante bella con paisajes con nos llevan a nuestro lado mas siniestro , violento y enfermo que tiene el ser humano.
 

Source: http://www.empireextreme.com/order-dischord-interview-coma-cluster-void/

An Order of Dischord An Interview with Coma Cluster Void
Posted November 24, 2016 by George Archibald in Interviews

I first heard of Coma Cluster Void through a few extended range guitar groups on Facebook. Many people talking about them as they were going to change the scene of metal. This only added up the anticipation for CCV’s first full length Mind Cemeteries, released on August 26th. Mind Cemeteries, showcased a new take on what could be heavy and how music can flow. At times the band seemed to have a free flow take on the writing process, then to bring it back while hitting its listeners on the head with a sonic sledgehammer. I was very fortunate to have been contacted by the band to conduct an interview with all of them (Sylvia Hinz – Bassist, Chris Burrows – Drummer, Mike DiSalvo – Vocals, Austin Taylor – Vocals, and John Strieder– Guitars). I was very amazed at how much one band could be involved with so many different facets of music. Read for yourself, and you will understand what has made Coma Cluster Void what it is today.

Coma Cluster Void - Mind Cemeteries

 

Coma Cluster Void – Mind Cemeteries

GA: First off congratulations on the release of Mind Cemeteries. How has the reception of the new album been?

John: Thanks! The reactions were totally overwhelming. Also, to see that other great bands dig our stuff. and post about us. or congratulate us in messages … all in all, a great feeling!

GA: Coma Cluster Void has members that hail from Canada, USA and Germany, do you find it difficult to be able to work together due to the travel distances between members. How do you guys make it work especially for writing like Mind Cemeteries?

Chris: It isn’t difficult at all for us to communicate online. We are all passionate, driven, and easy going people that respect the overall objective of the music as well as each other’s talents.

John: This band also feels more like a family, and we can openly speak and criticize each other. For example, if I write riffs that suck, Sylvia kicks my ass, and if Chris writes drums that suck, I kick him. It’s a lot of kicking.

GA: The band has such an eclectic sound, what influences do you have that kind of helped to forge the path of Coma Cluster Void musically?

John Strieder

 

John Strieder of Coma Cluster Void    

John: There might be a deep connection between my childhood and how I perceive art and music. My “parents” were cruel control freaks; they didn’t allow me any instruments, or other ways to spend time with music. My downtrodden past life made me see music as the only way to be free. If I see a “weird” Instrument, I don’t ask “why”, I want to make music with it. You can do music with anything. My first instrument, around 1997, was perhaps the first “djent stick” in history … made from a roof lath, an old wounded guitar string, two screw joints, matches as frets and a walk-man earphone glued to the wood as pick-up …

I remember as kid not liking the music that was on the radio, and the first music I ever liked was Techno (I think it was around the year 1990), especially the Detroit-Stuff. Music with a much darker vibe, and not tonal, and not consonant; created by just adding cool layers of sounds, without giving a f about 17th/18th century music theory.

Chris Burrows of Coma Cluster Void

 

Chris Burrows of Coma Cluster Void

Around the age of 16, I got to know almost at the same time Pantera, and Arnold Schoenberg. From then on, I discovered more and more extreme metal, and more and more avant-garde, and that’s where my heart lays. I became a composer, wrote pieces for fantastic musicians, and got premieres all over the planet. But in 2013, the time was right in my life to start a metal band!

Chris: Our eclectic sound is probably a result of each band member’s incredibly diverse influences and open mindedness. Perhaps partly responsible for our excellent online communication between myself and John, is our mutual interest for electronic music. We respond quickly through midi programming for drums, and bring a percussive edge akin to breakbeat to some of our riffs.

Sylvia: Being open to a lot of different styles in music – classical and non-classical – helps in finding a personal taste and mad sounds. Get inspired by your favorites, together with the idea of a perfect sound in your head, mix it up, put some spice on it, play it on your instrument – voilà!

Sylvia Hinz of Coma Cluster Void

 

Sylvia Hinz of Coma Cluster Void

John: I like to joke, that Coma Cluster Void is like the combination of Pantera and Schoenberg. Although there’s certainly quite some truth in that, it’s more like what those sparks have become during 20 years of making music.

In general, everything can be inspiring. The music of other cultures can be deeply inspiring, like the Banda Polyphony from Central Africa, or the electronic music of our own time, like Venetian Snares. I learned from the great composer György Ligeti, that you can strip the intellectual idea (or the “essence”) out of music and make it your own, without creating a stylistic copy or insulting “exotism”.

GA: Do you have any plans for touring or strings of shows in the future?

John: There are no plans yet. Bringing together five people from Oregon, Michigan, Montreal, and Berlin, each with their own commitments, on one stage seems to be an impossible task as of now … but never say never;)

Chris: I’ve always considered live performance the most inspiring aspect of being a musician. I’ve taught drumlines for over 7 years, and love sharing my ideas and creative process.

I’d be more than happy to do drum clinics in the Detroit area, or anywhere that would have me!

Austin Taylor of Coma Cluster Void

 

Austin Taylor of Coma Cluster Void

GA: What other projects are the band members engaged in?

Sylvia: I have several ensembles, the most active ones are XelmYa (https://www.youtube.com/sylviahinzrecorder), (a trio with me on recorders, Alexa Renger on violin and guests on violoncello), and Umbratono (a mexican-german collaboration, consisting of me, and Antonio Rosales on bass clarinet, as well as guests on violin and violoncello). XelmYa can be heard on the ‘Prologue’, ‘Interlude’ and ‘Epilogue’ on Mind Cemeteries. I also do solo recitals, master classes, conducting, and other projects …

Chris: I drum for Detroit metal band, Thoren (https://thoren.bandcamp.com/album/brennenburg), whose second LP “Brennenburg” was mixed masterfully by John; also, XelmYa plays the last piece on this record, btw!;) I also have my own YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/am3p1234 ) that I’m working on bringing more educational drumming material to as well as producing electronic pop in Wonderbox.

Right now, I’m working on “Steps to Falling Down“, a YouTube lesson series focused on ideas that help you sound like you don’t know how to play your instrument ;)

Mike DiSalvo of Coma Cluster Void

 

Mike DiSalvo of Coma Cluster Void

Mike: I am also in a Montreal based band called Akurion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BakfZNGm4lY) with Rob Milley from Neuraxis, Tommy McKinnon from Conflux, and Oli Pinard from Cryptopsy. I have also recently participated in the collaborative band Conflux (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4K7gRxYW50) with Tommy McKinnon and Chase Fraser from Decrepit Birth, and an array of Montreal based vocalists.

I am also doing another side project of acoustic based tunes with my wife Genevieve DiSalvo and Rob Milley playing acoustic guitars. Real somber, dark singer/songwriter tunes created on the spot, literally everything; lyrics, vocals, music, arrangements. The project is called Fireside Sessions.

John: Genevieve DiSalvo is also being heard on Coma Cluster Void, she did the spoken words in ‘Prologue’, ‘Iron Empress’, ‘Interlude’ and ‘Epilogue’.;)

Austin: I make some other heavy sounds in projects called Dimensionless (https://dimensionless.bandcamp.com) and Selfdestructionist (https://selfdestructionist.bandcamp.com/releases).

John: Besides my writing of dissonant art music (https://www.youtube.com/johnstrieder), I focus completely on Coma Cluster Void. ;)

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GA: What gear are you currently using for your main rig? If you have endorsements, please include them.

Sylvia with sub double bass

 

Sylvia with sub double bass

Sylvia: I play a Yamaha 5-String Bass, upside down due to being left-handed. I use DR Strings. I became aware of their brand through their Geezer Butler testimonial; who praised them because with these strings, he doesn’t get blisters anymore. I have super thin skin on my fingers, because my main instrument is the recorder, and for a classically trained musician, to practice is key. Well, that’s a lot instruments, from the small sopranino recorder up to the 2,45m high sub double bass recorder. ;)

John: I switched many years ago, to working in-the-box. The Agile 10-String is the only guitar I play. I’ve used Vovox protect cables, Focusrite audio interfaces and on Mind Cemeteries, La Bella strings, and most importantly damn cool looking Instrumental Pickups STFY3s for clarity on chords made of 7 or more different notes ;)

Chris: My main kit is a Pearl VBL Birch 5-Piece, equipped with Tama Iron Cobras, various hardware brands, Evans drumheads, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Presonus FP10 and Shure microphones.

As I extend the search to look for new and interesting percussive tones, I am open to using different brands / endorsements. I suppose the brake drum I use is off a Ford! :D

John Strieder composer lecture

 

John Strieder composer lecture

GA: What are your thoughts on the current metal scene with bands constantly thriving for the next ‘Heavy’ sound or thing? Where does CCV fit in with being what many call the next evolution of what is heavy?

Chris: Often I feel metal bands rely on tropes that become stale, and rearrange them instead of focusing on good songwriting. Even though I can respect the extremes, metal musicianship can reach, it often falls deafly on my ears if I can’t sense a dynamic flow.

John: Hard to say, we just want to make the best music we can ;)

Sylvia: I don’t listen to music which doesn’t catch me.

GA: What is next for Coma Cluster Void? Any plans for 2017 that you are looking forward to?

John: We are writing already on new material, and 2017 shall see the EP “Thoughts from A Stone”, which begins were “Mind Cemeteries” ended, and continues the story arc about the world of the “Iron Empress”!

GA: Anything you guys would like to add?

Sylvia: Thanks for the interview! Stay tuned for more CCV madness!  ;)

I want to thank the band for such a great interview. I look forward to hearing new Coma Cluster Void in 2017!!

 

 

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George Archibald
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Source: http://tometal.com/2016-video-round-part-iii/

As we draw towards the end of 2016, we have the penultimate round up of the year’s best music videos in extreme music. It took us a while to get this list together (almost 6 months, to be exact), but there are more than enough videos to put together another list before we move on to 2017. Maybe over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll come up with a final round up. For now, enjoy the following 15 videos. ~ Shrivatsan R. 

Coma Cluster Void – Everything is Meant to Kill Us

Coma Cluster Void is a band where if you try to groove along to the music, you’ll find yourself failing miserably. The mathcore like, dissonant classical music inspired take on tech death metal is one of the most complex pieces of extreme metal to come out this year and the track Everything is Meant to Kill Us is an example of the deranged nature of the music. The video consists of quick cut shots of the band playing while the protagonist undergoes some sort of mental trauma. Featuring not one or two, but three vocalists with Lord Worm (ex-Cryptopsy vocalist) joining the two vocalists of Coma Cluster Void, the video is drenched with a malicious vibe. Merely looking at quick shots of Sylvia Hinz’s and John Streider’s massive guitars (I’m no expert. But I’m sure there’s probably a million strings on there) gives a good idea about the eclectic nature of the tracks. ~ Shrivatsan R.