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Alternative Rock with math elements.
I don’t like it really. Going to the Bone Church sounds vague and pointless, consequently boring, in my opinion.
The guitars are good though.

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Foals - Antidotes

The best debut in a long time! Foals has the brains that dance rock bands usually don’t. Foals is catchier than most math rock bands will ever be.
Imagine a mix of Battles, the Rapture and the Strokes plus heavy english accent. You’ll get a distant idea.
I was looking for this 2008 good rock album since The Mars Volta‘s The Bedlam in Goliath.

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Battles - Mirrored

Battles is labeled as an experimental supergroup. The drummer comes from Tomahawk and the guitarist from Don Caballero. You can only have good expectations.

Mirrored impressed me on the first listening, but there are something in their music that gets better every time I listen to it again. Maybe there are a lot of calculated details, which I’m discovering with time.

I love the creative synthesizers everywhere but in my opinion the highlight is the drums.

Very good stuff.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works

Personally, Ire Works was the most awaited 2007 album only after The Mars Volta‘s The Bedlam in Goliath (which was postponed to january).

DEP is with no doubt my last most interesting discovery in metal genre. They’re maniacly complex, brutal with melodic jazzy/experimental passages. And the best point: they’re absolutely authentic.

I was impressed with their 2004’s Miss Machine and their EP with Mike Patton. So I obviously thought Ire Works would shock the brain out of my head.

Ire Works is awesome, with no doubt, but not so much as I thought it’d be. They’re less experimental. They’re a little less brutal to bring on a new element to their essence: grunge hard rock (that you can check on Black Bubblegum and Milk Lizard). Unfortuantely the worst part of Ire Works is the last track Mouth Ghosts. You can see they’re trying different things, but I think they’ve gone too far from their core to make a flamenco-like beat.

In spite of these let downs, they’re good enough to sound amazing afer all. I love the electro stuff they’ve put together with their sound. The top of this mixture is the instrumental When Acting As A Wave, my fav track. It looks like someone in DEP was listening to Venetian Snares. Great moment.

The best 2007 metal album I’ve listened to so far.

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LITE - Filmlets

This week I discovered that in Japan, mainly in Tokyo there’s a really good math / post / instrumental rock scene. There are plenty of bands making high level music which can be compared to western huge names like Tortoise, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Godspeedyou! Black Emperor. And frankly, these guys rocks and have very much energy to make lots of good stuff fast.

LITE is a more math rock oriented instrumental music. But they’re quite exciting.

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Converge - Jane Doe

Converge is certainly a pioneer on brutal math rock. And Jane Doe is a gem of the sub subgenre math / metalcore.
I can clearly notice some marking 80’s heavy metal influence in various tracks, but the fury lead by the Jacob Bannon‘s vocals makes the album sound fresh.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine

A hell of a good album.
Second studio release by Dillinger Escape Plan.
They cover everything from heavy metal to fusion, to jazz, to math hardcore.
The way they mix everything is amazing. They’re probably my heavy rock favorite band for now.
This is a 10/10. Flawless.

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