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Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last week’s update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place between playlist updates. We randomly select two of the participants from each update, have them pick their favorite track from each of the nine albums in their grid and then send the list over to the other person to listen to and comment on. Within these commentaries occurs praise, criticism and discovery, and we hope that you experience a few instances of this last point as well. This week’s post has Noyan and David getting together for the first time for a steamy exchange of liqu… playlists.

Noyan’s Grid & David’s Comments:

Coma Cluster Void—Mind Cemeteries—“Everything Is Meant To Kill Us”

Noyan: I’m going to be lazy again and link my thoughts on this very song from when I premiered its video.


David: Similar to Crator, Coma Cluster Void was a band that I hadn’t heard of prior to this playlist swap, yet became immediately interested in once I read up on them. Also similar to Crator, their music is fucking insane. ‘Everything is Meant to Kill Us’ is four and a half minutes of batshit crazy, mathy death metal that sounds absolutely suffocating. It reminded me of everything from Meshuggah and Car Bomb to Pyrrhon and Ulcerate, and it weaves all those influences together to form an entirely singular brand of madness. I didn’t even try to understand the music on a theoretical level by e.g. guessing the time signatures, as I was perfectly content to just go along this headfuck of a ride. “Mind cemeteries” indeed.

If you've ever been in a dark place - not a literal dark place, but the kind you encounter through bouts of depression - the new video from death metal magicians Coma Cluster Void might ring true. Yes, Everything Is Meant To Kill Us is an exceptional song from an exceptional album, but the choice of video theme makes it stand out even more. Throw in the guest vocal spot from former Cryptopsy vocalist Lord Worm, and you've got a song and video that are unsettling in so many ways. You can watch the clip below, courtesy of Heavy Blog Is Heavy. It's ripped from the clutches of the band's new album, Mind Cemeteries, which was released on August 26th.

Digital copies of Mind Cemeteries are available at this location.

This technical/avant garde death metal band has an approach to extreme music not quite like anything you’ve previously heard. Math metal and progressive death metal have long demonstrated how bands can fit notes and chords into a guitar progression in ways that hadn’t been attempted, making it sound chaotic while being even more tight and orderly than their predecessors. It showed new ways of playing that could be expanded upon by musicians to follow. Today bands are still traveling the path the first math metal bands set in the late 1990s/early 2000s, and every now and then one will enter my world to my gratitude. One fan posting feedback about Coma Cluster Void on their official Bandcamp page described them as how it would sound “if Meshuggah lost their fucking minds at a Gorguts concert.” This sounds descriptive and accurate enough, only I’d wonder what might come of a meeting between Sigh and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Coma Cluster Void is a collaboration spanning three countries: the States, Canada and Germany. The collective minds that spawned Mind Cemeteries have created something cutting edge and schizophrenically diverse. After two singles and one album, the band is already being hailed as groundbreaking by internet magazines such as No Clean Singing and Metal Injection. This alone shows potential to transcend the financial issues surrounding indie label and unsigned bands and convince zine editors to take note. Coma Cluster Void take genuine chances with their material, ignoring the constraints of financial viability and fabricated acceptance, and it doesn’t take long to realize the open mindedness that fueled them to risk everything in the songwriting and composition process. The brief intro Prologue: I Am sounds like something you might hear on a black metal album, making it possible for the following cuts to take the listener completely by surprise. The bait-and-switch between the intro and the rest of the songs is a profound moment. The dissonant, wholly unorthodox complexity of Iron Empress, Drowning Into Sorrow. Mind Cemeteries and The Hollow Gaze is something listeners will either love as pure genius or hate as pure noise, though its level of originality will more than satisfy those thrashers seeking something different, with its inventive arrangements and manic death-metal-meets-jazz drumming. The mood generated by the intro appears a second time in Interlude: I See Through Your Pain and Epilogue: As I Walk Amongst The Sick. The inclusion of these three pieces goes a long way toward making this album more of an artistic statement than it would have been if they weren’t included. Also check out the band’s promotional video for Everything Is Meant To Kill Us, on their Youtube profile. - Dave Wolff

"a psychological fear that embraces everything, dissonance in a totally ordered and measured chaos, ..."

Coma Cluster Void y el vídeo de ‘Everything Is Meant To Kill Us’ con Lord Worm

19 Octubre, 2016
Txermi GIsbert

Hoy nos llega esta tremenda propuesta llamada Coma Cluster Void, afincada en EEUU, aunque con miembros también de Alemania y Canadá. Con su último disco, ‘Mind Cemeteries‘, en la calle desde agosto de 2016, están alcanzando una reputación acorde con la calidad y la brutalidad de su música. Un death metal totalmente vanguardista, oscuro, exageradamente pesado y poco convencional.

En este gris y aterrador video de Magma Studios se mezclan muchas variantes que probablemente nos enganchen si aun no conocemos a la banda. Un miedo psicológico que lo envuelve todo, disonancia en un caos totalmente ordenado y medido, destructoras guitarras de diez cuerdas que engordan su dureza dandole un pequeño toque djent e industrial y la colaboración de Lord Worm, quien fuera vocalista y miembro fundador de Cryptopsy.

Este tema en concreto podría sonar a un eslabón perdido entre ‘Need To Control‘ (1994) de Brutal Truth y el sonido del mañana en el metal extremo. Pero mejor no comparar. Mejor seguirles la pista de cerca.