Reviews (Mind Cemeteries)

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Have you ever been driving in a car, and you or your friend is smoking?  It's almost done, so it's time to flick it out the window.  Then a few miles start to smell smoke.  So you turn around...AND THERE'S A BUNCH OF MURDEROUS CYBORGS IN YOUR BACKSEAT AND THEY USE THEIR PISTON-LIKE STRENGTH TO CRUSH YOU INTO A DRIPPING BALL OF FLESH AND BONE?!  Just me?  Well, if you want to live the same experience vicariously, you should check out tech death band, Coma Cluster Void.   This maniacal math metal collective with members from USA, Canada, and Germany that features Mike Disalvo (Ex- Cryptopsy), 10-string guitar, and mind-breaking drumming.   

Coma Cluster Void is kind of like Meshuggah meets something like Krallice.  Some songs are more based in the groove of the former and have a certain level of catchiness.  I like to bang my head a lot, so these tracks like "Drowning in Sorrow," "Mind Cemetaries," and "Everything is Meant to Kill Us" tend to be my favorites.  There is still an increased level of chaos that keeps things more in technical death realm, but they are still the more accessible songs to listen to.  Other tracks favor the more avant-garde style of the latter.  These tend to be more dissonant and uninviting on all fronts.  Ulcerate may be another fair comparison for these moments.

Digging deeper, everything starts to spiral nearly out of control.  Compositions seem to be held together by the finest silk thread.  The previously ordered death vocals go rogue in terms of cadence, and strange bouts of spoken word and other delvieres crop up without warning.  Instrumentation will shift from ominous ambience to grinding machinery.  Time for an oil change, guys.  As I mentioned from the outset, the drumming is totally insane.  This guy must have won some sort of demonic metronome in a drum-off with the devil himself.  Try keeping pace, I dare you.  The guitars are equally infuriating in terms of pacing and sense of (a)melody.  Normally I start to get put off when things get so technical as to abandon any level of convention, but Coma Cluster Void manages to creep right up to that precipice without ever quite diving over the edge.

Fans of all things heavy and technical are going to have a field day with this one.  Mind Cemeteries is every bit as sonically challenging as other big-hitters this year in CB Murdoc, Wormed, and the like.  And while the compositions can be a bit more "artsy" and bleak, the album manages to maintain a certain level of humanity that I found myself able to connect with.  Give this one a couple spins.  I was a bit skeptical when I listened to my first track, but by just a few more songs in I was becoming more and more impressed with what Coma Cluster Void have accomplished.  More required listening for 2016.  Full stream below.


Hey there tech-fiends, it's that time of the week again! It seems a lot of you really enjoyed last weeks early Cognizance stream, so I'm happy to be able to keep up the early stream format again this week with a private full stream of the new Coma Cluster Void album. But before we dive into that, here's the usual weekly reminder that if you're looking for more music you can peruse all prior editions of this series here.

In the past decade or so there has been a growing niche of technical death metal bands whose approach is far more unorthodox and uglier than a lot of the super shreddy stuff you tend to here. This new wave has really led to a lot of interesting music and new forms of technical death metal that sound fresh. Some of which I've taken the time to cover in this space before when covering groups like Khariot, Thaetas, Intonate, Replicant, Sunless, Michel Anoia, and several others. So brace yourself for the skronky weirdness, because multi-national group Coma Cluster Void are the strongest newcomer to atonal minded technical death metal I've heard in a long time.

Having first been clued into the band about three years ago by my editor at Nocleansinging, I knew these guys were on to something special, but couldn't fathom just how bat-shit insane and brilliant their album Mind Cemeteries would actually be in its entirety. No one out there really sounds like Coma Cluster Void in the sense of covering the totality of their expansive sonic palette, but there are at least some groups and elements that can be pointed to in order to give you a ballpark for what you're getting yourself into. Imagine if you will the chaotic and zany ideas found in mathcore groups like Dillinger Escape Plan and Ion Dissonance mixed with the disturbing dissonance of groups like Gorguts, Ulcerate and Deathspell Omega. Then add a pinch of off-kilter groove influence from groups like Car Bomb and Meshuggah to the above blend. Churn all that volatile shit together and make the resulting blend as spastically choppy and discordant as possible, and you're somewhere near the fucked up and unhinged sound that Coma Cluster Void play. In addition, the modern classical minded interludes on the album are fantastic and give off an almost horror film score vibe that further enhances the grim and eerie atmosphere present throughout Mind Cemeteries .

Without a doubt, Mind Cemeteries is one of the best things I've heard all year, although I get the feeling that its so out there that what's really going on here will fly right over some people's heads. And that's okay since this is hardly the kind of music that's easy to fully comprehend even after multiple listens. But for those adventurous listeners looking to hear what they haven't heard before, Mind Cemeteries will quickly become your new favorite album. You can pre-order Mind Cemeteries through their Bandcamp Page here. Be sure to follow them on their Facebook Page too! Coma Cluster Void – Mind Cemeteries officially comes out this Friday, August 26th.


A good experiment doesn’t have to produce positive results. Acid was a great experiment but The Grateful Deadexist, so…

Some excursions into the unknown reveal horrendous truths. Mind Cemeteries by international mathcore collective Coma Cluster Void is one such truth. Showcasing the extended range guitar in a manner as yet unheard, this is a musical foray into testing the limits of how much disarray can exist in sound. It’s also really brutal. Just before this gets too fucking prog. This is so far from pretentious that it’s probably pretentious again. But not at the same time.

It’s mind numbing how artists from all over the world can pool to create something so claustrophobic and intrinsic. There’s no distance between any note or sound on this record. The gaps between low register guitar manipulation and seething vocals are filled with droning notes and out of this world resonance. While still at it’s manipulated (and now probably mechanised) heart a math metal sound, Mind Cemeteries is a creation that contort the genre in a new fashion. At the very least, it’s going to pull acts towards the dissonant and microtonal movement. Pull them and push them and flip them on their head to be berated by a sound fitting of a Stanley Kubrick torture scene. It’s unsettling, like all good, savage math metal should be.

As playful and nightmarish as Pyrrhon, Coma Cluster Void beats just as hard as bands more associated with bottom string assault. Such as Ion Dissonance. That was never going to be much of a stretch to pull that reference out. The similarities start and end with both acts ability to constantly cartwheel between groove and bedlam. The machinations of instrument and voice conspire and create music inherently pleasurable for anyone wanting to flirt with the void. Maybe just dip a toe in to see how low things can really get. “Everything Is Meant To Kill Us”. Yep. Especially this track. The track list isn’t entirely necessary. It could be played like the recent Gorguts release. One long trip to places most unpleasant. A lot can be said for music that can suck the life out of a room in a positive light.

What doesn’t suck are the “filler” tracks. Existing to bridge the chasm between ventures into parts unknown, the unearthly string sounds are sharp enough to cut the hairs they make stand on end. Listen to the band and imagine it slowed down by a few thousand rpm. It isn’t too dissimilar. These tracks are just an integral part of the experiment and shall not be skipped. The build up from the segue into “The Hollow Gaze” is an unmatchable showcase of just how to bring chaos to life. There are stunning bursts of staccato guitar fire that can help invoke an unshakable sense of dread, but nothing quite like the final closing strings of this practically flawless record.

It’s hard to say where this belongs because it won’t cut it for members of any particular party. Coma Cluster Void as a group make music finely tuned to turn clean pants into shitty pants. It’s a jaw dropping result from multiple dissections of genres and styles. Not simply cutting and pasting into the correct box but bending the edges of everything set before it. There’s no need to totally mess with extreme music. It’s all just noise, isn’t it? Mind Cemeteries is just an all too welcome example of how to warp noise into a product inherently addictive. Despite its prevalence for dropping the brown note.




Coma Cluster Void are a death metal band, (of sorts), and this is their debut album. They have an international lineup, with members from Canada, Germany and the US.

This album features not one, but two ex-Cryptopsy singers. You heard that right. To be fair, one of them, (Lord Worm), is only a guest vocalist on a couple of tracks, but still. The other, (Mike DiSalvo), is only one half of the vocal attack, the other half being provided by the singer of Dimensionless.

This is not your typical death metal release, not at all. Think of it as an avant-garde mathcore death metal album, with a mind-bending guitarist who plays a 10-string. Oh yes.

If you toss Ion Dissonance, Gorguts, Meshuggah, Botch, Sikth, Blood Has Been Shed and Pyrrhon into a blender, you’ll probably only come halfway close to the racket that Coma Cluster Void create, but it’ll give you a decent starting point.

The songs are progressive, technical and experimental death metal taken to the nth degree, all raging heaviness and off-kilter beats. The band certainly don’t lack for inventiveness, that’s for sure. There are also elements of chaotic hardcore and djent in the mix, as well as the kind of metalled-up discordant jaw-dropping extremity that a band like The Dillinger Escape Plan do so very well.

This is a collection of tracks that takes some time to settle into your brain, but when it does, and when you start being able to follow what the band are doing a bit more, (rather than being constantly blindsided by what happens next), Mind Cemeteries slots into place so well, you start to wonder what you did without it.

This is not easy listening, and will probably even pass by a lot of hardened metal fans, so atypical and harsh is it. However, if you’re in the market for something a bit more different and a bit more challenging than your average extreme metal fare, then Coma Cluster Void should be your first port of call.