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Thoughts from a Stone was actually the first ever teaser released for the Coma Cluster Void experiment, all the way back in 2014. Back then, I suppose it was going to end up on their upcoming full-length, with the slogan “Aural Representation of Pain and Suffering” – Mind Cemeteries –, but the composition probably expanded or reiterated to what it is now: a twenty-two-minute, six-part suite of contemporary death metal. Contemporary? Yeah, I feel that this adjective better suits their sound than the rather narrow definition of “tech-death” or the vague “experimental” and “avant-garde” tags. “Math metal” is a good contender, in that regard, but it doesn’t fully grasp the scope of what Coma Cluster Void stands for. Beyond the numbers dictating the time signature, they also, and perhaps more importantly, work to push forward the harmonic possibilities of metal, thanks to the unique tuning pattern of Strieder’s ten-string guitar, and Sylvia Hinz’s five-string bass. Contemporary metal is, thus, a direct parallel to contemporary classical music, where new boundaries are created. Thoughts from a Stone is a praise-worthy successor to the band’s debut album, and expands many ideas that were expressed there further. For example, what I like to call the “chromatic neighbourhood” – many consecutive chromatic notes – in chords and scales. Its traditional use is to bridge the perfect fourth and fifth with a tritone, especially in blues, but it can sound very unsettling when using it around the tonal centre and with more than three neighbouring notes. Strieder’s peculiar tuning allows such chords to be easily played, and it’s such a treat to listen as well. One thing that differs from Mind Cemeteries is just how much the bass guitar is present, now. That was once of my complaints with the debut album: the bass was almost totally absent. They rectify the case, much to my delight. In the end, Thoughts from a Stone is a step in the right direction for Coma Cluster Void, proving they’re not short of ideas. Be sure to get your hands on this one, it releases on October thirteenth.


(Austin Weber prepared this post about news of a new release by a favorite band — the multinational combine known as Coma Cluster Void.)

Just one year after their amazing 2016 debut, Mind Cemeteries, made a massive and terrifying impression on the death metal world, the international dissonant death metal/math metal collective that is Coma Cluster Void are back at it again.

Yesterday, the band unveiled the artwork and teaser video for their upcoming EP entitled Thoughts From A Stone. Which is a single-song composition clocking in at over 21 minutes. The EP is set for release on Friday, October 13th, through Translation Loss Records.

For those keeping track from the band’s early origin period, Thoughts From A Stone was originally a demo of a short interlude-type piece back in 2014, though I can’t seem to find it online anymore. It was that “song” along with some demo clips of the band sent to me by our very own overlord Islander that hooked me on the band well before their debut last year blew many of us away.

Prepare to have your mind melted when this drops next month.

Pre-orders available here:

Coma Cluster Void:


Few bands create chaos in as calculated a way as Coma Cluster Void. The international experimental death metal project revealed the truly devastating Mind Cemeteries last year. Their incredible and intentional approach to composition is apparent in even their most dense, dissonant tracks. We are proud to present to you an exclusive premiere of Strieder’s playthrough for Mind Cemeteries‘ “Path of Lies”:

The brutal, brooding and atmospheric piece is distinct and relentlessly dark, while still dynamic. Think, perhaps, of a more nuanced Humanity’s Last Breath. Strieder’s unique style is also present on the track, with his ten string guitar and fingerpicking technique very rare in progressive death metal.

Though “Path of Lies” is from last year’s album, Coma Cluster Void is already preparing material for a new release: Thoughts From A Stone. The project, a lengthy single song EP, has yet to be assigned a release date, but is slated for later this year. The innovative group is fast-paced and calculated not only in their music, but in their work ethic and attention to detail.

You can follow Coma Cluster Void on Facebook and check out their music on Bandcamp. You can also follow the group on YouTube.

""... one of the most interesting records that have come out in recent times. And not only in metal, but on a general level."


Hace cosa de menos de un año pudimos disfrutar del debut de los majestuosos Coma Cluster Void. Su Mind Cemeteries entró directamente al cuarto puesto de mi top 10 personal del 2016, por varios motivos. El ahínco que puso la banda al completo en transgredir sin ningún reparo el concepto básico de crear música. La eficacia, éxito y rotundidad para plasmarlo en Mind Cemeteries. La agónica atmósfera conseguida.

Todo ello resultó en uno de los discos más interesantes que han salido en los últimos tiempos. Y no ya de metal, sino a nivel general. Pero no estoy aquí para deciros lo mucho que me gusta Coma Cluster Void. Que también.

Este Blast Beats lo originó Coma Cluster Void, cuando compartieron un vídeo de pocos segundos de Chris Borrows, batería, tocando lo que será un ritmo que entrará en alguna canción de su próximo EPThoughts From A Stone, del que se rumorea que podría salir a la calle en Agosto de este 2017. En dicho vídeo, Chris Borrows estaba ejecutando el blast beat más loco que he oído en mi vida, combinando flamadiddles, acentos triples y flam tap invertido. Lo sé porque lo ponía en el texto, no soy tan listo.

El shock me recordó algo muy importante. Tenía un vídeo preparado de Chris Borrows para publicarlo próximamente, así que había llegado el momento perfecto.

Cuando escucho música intento a veces imaginar qué ritmo le pondría yo a la canción si no hubiera batería. Con Coma Cluster Void me resulta imposible. Es una música tan única y especial, que no se me ocurre nada. Precisamente por eso, y viendo el vídeo al final del artículo, cuando observé a Chris interpretar el playthrough de la homónima Mind Cemeteries, me quedé a cuadros. Primero por la técnica y destreza mostrada. Segundo, por los miles de detalles dinámicos que contiene su trabajo, incluyendo ghost notes en la caja. Y tercero, todo lo que está ejecutando aparece en la partitura de abajo.

No sé leer música a ese nivel, pero no me hace falta para rendirme a los pies de Chris. No sólo por lo ya mostrado en Mind Cemeteries, sino por lo que está por llegar en el próximo Thoughts From A Stone, del que estoy contando cada día que falta para poder escucharlo.

Así que os dejo a continuación con Chris Borrows, quien bien podría ser el avatar humano de Nyarlathotep, El Caos (controlado) Reptante. Cuidado con los tentáculos.