“Television Television” is the first song on this social site, and it actually really caught my interest. It ends up being a nice mixture of precision Mathcore, but for as serious as the music itself is, the vocals add a bit of a fun environment to it. The shift from the technical elements of the song into catchier Metalcore material with a slight melody and clean singing makes for a nice change of pace during the song, and feels pretty natural to the track. Even the breakdown at the end had me banging my head along a little bit, though it did start to feel a bit drawn out before the song finally reached its climax.
“The Chalk and the Matter (YellowTheMarble Remix)” actually came before this one, obviously off another release, but I skipped ahead. I wanted to hear the original before any remix of it. Honestly, this one is more of a let down for me despite some of the more experimental elements to it. The start of the track was rather catchy, showing off some Metalcore input that felt more at home with Lamb of God and harmonized raspy vocals that seemed to be accompanied by a Southern touch. This leads to a jerky transition into momentary Mathcore, than a subtle shift into a Jazz fushion passage before hammering into a Deathcore breakdown with pig squeels, and morphing into Grindcore for the rest of the track. While I was impressed with “Television Television,” this one really left a bitter taste in my mouth because of how cluttered it was. By the time the Jazz fusion passage was over, I lost interest.
And considering what was next (through manually hitting the play button on it instead of automatically skipping to another song), I started to not expect much. “The Chalk and the Matter (YellowTheMarble Remix)” isn’t anything special. If you like Techno and Electronica in your Metal or “-core” efforts, which is becoming all the rage these days, you’ll enjoy this a lot more than I did. My gripe is that it just just sounds like a lot of modern Electronica, most of which I heard while playing DJ Hero. There’s nothing too original to it, and the main song is basically gone, which in my eyes ruins the concept of a remix in the first place. However, having more of a strict sound to it definitely earned props from me instead of trying to squeeze too much into one track like with the initial version of this one.
“Small People Broken Glasses” is off the same release “The Chalk and the Matter” is from, and I’m quite pleased with the audio quality so far. All the tracks sound very professional with very minimal differences in the final product. This and the previous non-remixed song have a little more of a raw quality to them that sounds great, and with the more consistent flow with this song, I was really able to get into this track. Yes, it shifts around from Grindcore to Metalcore with some Experimentation thrown in, but it feels natural without anything coming off with forced transitions. The breakdown that hits here is another solid offering, and I even think it’s the best part of the song. The clean singing here could definitely have been better, but overall this song just felt a lot tighter, and far more enjoyable.
Finally I reached “Trapped Between Dimensions.” It’s pretty obvious this was more of a demo recording due to it’s raw sound. Everything is on the muffled side with lower volumes in the mix, but the only real let down here is that these levels cause some of the bite the other higher end productions to not exist. I still enjoyed my time with it, as the song definitely was more aggressive and had a stronger focus on a serious Mathcore sound that still shows a tight performance from Chopstick Suicide, though not one of the most impressive you’d come across. The latter section acts as a precursor to the more modern creations as well, having a passage that sounds like it came directly from a Carribean cruise ship’s loud speaker on the deck, very soothing and relaxing until the band brings the Mathcore sound back to wrap up the song. All in all, a good representation of what the band built up and shows off on “Television Television”.
When it came to a band named Chopstick Suicide, I really had no idea what to expect. I knew going in they were a Mathcore band due to the press release, but I never expected the random bits of Jazz, Metalcore, clean singing, and everything else that hit. I really enjoyed three of the five songs on their Soundcloud page, though one of those three was greatly hindered due to the audio quality, and it’s clear the clean singing has improved, but after “Small People Broken Glasses” I can’t help but feel a little worried that they may still be a bit too rough. But, I’m glad I heard it either way, and honestly am really interested in hearing Lost Fathers and Sons in the near future.
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