Unlike their previous efforts, Masterful Universe takes on more of a noise rock approach thanks to the fuzzier distortions on the guitars and similar vocal effects. Oddly enough, while this abandons the typical darker, somewhat astral tone of their more recent EPs, it allows much of “Static Transmission” to have a hint of a surfing vibe prior to the extensive static effect and screaming lost within about halfway through. What follows takes on more of a standard sludge approach free of the aforementioned atmosphere.
The way “Static Transmission” ends is a bit disheartening, but a decent expansion and conclusion that leads into the much heavier “Confused Population” and its heavy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb audio samples. This one stands as an odd mixture of eighties psych-metal love and downtrodden, almost doom metal inspired sludge. One moment you’re met with one upbeat and infectious riff after another, and the next you’re forced against the ground by the sheer gravitational force of the darker tone and bass-driven presence in more of a progressive standpoint than anything else.
Masterful Universe isn’t one of the most compelling examples of sludge and post-metal creations, but the additional progressive/psychedelic touches and hints of early hardcore and subtle intentional-or-not surf rock undertones do offer a great deal of variety for a just over thirteen minute EP from a still relatively new entity. If you’re familiar with the trio’s past efforts, you will find a brand new overall experience, putting the range that the Brooklyn, New York three-piece can bring to the table. Both primal and adventurous, this new recording is a great jumping on point for new listeners.