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11月10日は語呂合わせで勝手に「いい10弦の日」と呼んでいますが偶然なのかその「いい10弦の日」に10弦ギターを使用しているデスメタルバンドComa Cluster Voidが新曲をYouTubeにUPしていました。





In a way it’s very fitting that I’m here today writing about the premiere of the first full Coma Cluster Void song. Because it was Islander himself who first tipped me off to this multinational atonal 10-string death metal band in the first place. At the time he alerted me to them over a year ago, the band only had some very short song snippet clips up. But even those were strong enough to make me realize this band was going to be something special. So as I said, being here today to help premiere the title track from their forthcoming debut album Mind Cemeteries definitely feels like things have come full circle.

As for what the song “Mind Cemeteries” offers your ears, it’s a massive rumbling from the abyss right from the start, heaving with a mechanical, uneven gait that easily induces vertigo. There is a suffocating heaviness to “Mind Cemeteries”, which mercilessly strikes and jabs at you in shrill volleys of noise and disturbing dissonance.

Each member’s performance brings a powerful element of cold hatred to the song — from the monstrous bellows and howls of Mike Disalvo (ex-Cryptopsy) and Austin Taylor that creep and crawl across every rhythmic shift, to Strieder’s elastic and demented riffing, which conjures up an unwell feeling of sickness and disgust, to the cavernous penetrating bass presence of Hinz, all tied together by the off-kilter and frenzied drumming of Chris Burrows (Thoren), who fleshes out his groove-tastic anchor of a performance with a litany of spicy fills.

There really isn’t anyone out there who sounds like this. But if you want or need a ballpark as a frame of reference, imagine what it would sound like if Car Bomb and The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza joined sonic forces and adapted their styles into an unconventional death metal framework.

I can’t stress enough how awesome “Mind Cemeteries” is, and how awesome it is to get to share such forward-thinking death metal madness with the world. Expect Mind Cemeteries to drop sometime in the first half of 2016.

Author: Austin Weber


At the very end of last year, a new international death metal collective called Coma Cluster Void took the metal world by storm with merely a handful of demos and samples. While some were quick to denounce them as a gimmick of sorts due to the 10-string guitar played by band founder and composer Strieder, their music is definitely forward-thinking and experimental stuff. Lost amidst the hype, few people were made aware of Strieder's status as an accomplished modern composer, whose friend Hinz, a fellow contemporary classical musician, also plays bass guitar with him in Coma Cluster Void. Rounding them out is none other than the legendary Mike Disalvo (Cryptopsy) on vocals, drummer Chris Burrows (Thoren), and finally, a new second vocalist named Austin Taylor (Dimensionless) who has stepped in as a replacement for Will Smith (Artificial Brain/Buckshot Facelift) who left Coma Cluster Void some time ago. Now that a bit of backstory and line-up update has been covered, we are proud to bring you an exclusive new glimpse into their upcoming debut full-length entitled Mind Cemeteries.

The video above features in-studio recording footage from each member, and ends on a strong note with a dark and crushing segment from a song called "Path of Lies". Mind Cemeteries is shaping up to be one hell of a dark and strange death metal record. A release date has yet to be announced, but that information should be coming soon enough from what I was told.

Author: Austin Weber