Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Palkoski - Random Antagonist Complex

<br />Palkoski - Random Antagonist Complex

Its rare that I find a record that strikes me as truly chaotic. Most metal these days exists in tightly structure bubbles, confines that keep things from ever getting truly weird, and for someone like me, who has always been enamored with the truly weird this is kind of a disappointment. That's what makes Palkoski so interesting for me. Here is a band who rage and blast for twenty six straight tracks on their debut, the spiraling and incredibly hard to understand Random Antagonist Complex experimental and glorious, these guys are certainly doing something interesting.

I think that the crazed blasts that dominate this record truly have their own space. They are nicely contrasted with more open sounds, and the rather underproduced bass drum sound actually helps to make the entire thing sound more destructive and gives a nice old school grind touch to the whole affair. The vocals are demonic and wonderfully twisted, they have a lot of meat behind them and though the band only features a guitar and drums to compliment them the band still sounds full. Essentially, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that Random Antagonist Complex is incredibly different from anything else you might have ever heard and that's what makes it so gosh darn interesting.

Palkoski are doing something really cool with their music and I think that it has the potential to go far. These guys understand what they want to do and how to do it, thus pushing them to the very brink of metals avant-garde. These guys clearly have a huge set of influences, and it will take several listens from any fan of heavy music to properly get in to what Random Antagonist Complex is all about. But I will say this, the journey is certainly worth it, these guys have something worth listening too, so open up your soul and prepare for a beating.

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