A reunion album effectively well worth the decade-long wait
Alas, trying again at a decade and a few change, the area of interest, darkish and sorta-smelly wormhole of underground metalcore might by no means actually sustain with the progressive nature of a band like New York’s Genghis Tron.
Albeit on the identical enjoying discipline as some unimaginable contemporaries, resembling Horse The Band and An Albatross (who’ve additionally lately gotten again collectively and launched new music), Genghis Tron was at all times seemingly one step forward of the place the scene was headed. Regardless, placing out a comply with as much as Board Up The Home (2008), a much-cherished timestamp of the late 2000s cybergrind/mathcore scene, is an especially burgeoning job not many bands can be prepared to take, particularly after an 11-year hiatus.
But what Genghis Tron do on Dream Weapon is seemingly one of the best step of their profession to this point, rejecting “Nintendocore-breakdowns and blast-beats,” as put by Michael Sochynsky, their keyboard participant.
To help their brand-new, extremely developed and mature-but-not-pretentious stylings, Genghis Tron, made up of authentic guitarist Hamilton Jordan and keyboardist Michael Sochynsky, have additionally recruited two recent faces. Nonetheless, they aren’t all that recent, as one may acknowledge drummer Nick Yacyshyn from SUMAC and Baptists, along with The Armed’s Tony Wolski on vocals, changing authentic member Mookie Singerman.
With two veterans filling in and a head full of recent concepts, Genghis Tron completely make Dream Weapon ship. And it actually, actually delivers. Following a quick arpeggiated synth introduction, their newest single “Pyrocene” units a really agency mission assertion for the album, showcasing a driving, trendy sound that builds up and out. That is very true by means of Yacyshyn’s spectacular, technical and nearly krautrock-esque Motorik drumming, Sochynsky’s lush pads and arranging and Jordan’s backseat but current dreamy chordal enjoying.
Nonetheless, that mission assertion stays agency solely in its intention, because the depth skyrockets on the title observe, “Dream Weapon,” but once more perpetuated by Yacyshyn’s cardio-workout of a drum beat. Interweaving heavier riffage between a calmer center part, Genghis Tron actually make environment friendly use of band dynamics, as not one of the devices, even Wolski’s lead vocals, essentially command the focus.
Wolski does tackle extra of a frontman position on “Alone In The Coronary heart Of The Mild,” bearing similarities to darker digital/industrial champions like 9 Inch Nails and even Depeche Mode. The pop sensibilities, which aren’t apparent however nonetheless current, are contrasted by the affected person, monolithic center single “Ritual Circle,” casually reaching a 10-plus minute runtime. The haunting, shimmering ambiance that builds up doesn’t turn into drained within the slightest, because the ambient keys and atmospheric guitar pads strongly help the driving, ahead movement of the tune.
Okay, certain, one might proooobably head-bang to “Single Black Level,” which includes a 7/8 chugging riff, drum beat and glitchy sound results. However make no mistake, the instrumental nature of the tune, together with the dramatic key be aware articulation, suffices as an interlude extra so than something, akin to the attractive “Desert Stairs” from earlier, bearing little to no similarities to their work on one thing like Lifeless Mountain Mouth (2006).
The ultimate lower, “Nice Mom,” brings about an amalgamation of all the above, melding heavy-ish guitar riffs, intense drumming and extra laid-back keys and vocal elements right into a nine-minute epic. Working round extra chill, atmospheric, key-driven elements, the heaviest materials might be discovered on right here, though a really, very great distance from the extra dissonant, harsh stylings that 2000s Genghis Tron needed to provide.
2020s Genghis Tron, nevertheless, is a far superior band, as Dream Weapon reveals a bunch that has slowly however certainly matured regardless of a decade-long hiatus from enjoying collectively and releasing new music. Extra importantly, Dream Weapon reveals a band that isn’t dated, reserved and even near their creative peak. Very similar to the numerous Daughters launch, You Gained’t Get What You Need (2018), there are certain to be limitless critiques that the heaviness, and arguably the integrity, took the backseat for a band that needed to promote out and be extra accessible. However, there aren’t any two methods round it, Dream Weapon nonetheless finally seems like a Genghis Tron album.
These anticipating screaming, chiptune-style breakdowns, intense guitar riffs and metallic drumming, look away. These searching for well-crafted, trendy psychedelic rock, look no additional.