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Ough



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:11 pm    Post subject: EXPANDER | Texas neuropunk Reply with quote

The wakescape link transmission sequence has been completed. Endless Computer is finished and out now!







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Although black and death varieties of metal have largely thrived in the modern era, it has been conspicuously more difficult over the past decade or more to find a thrash band that both follows in the strong traditions of its forefathers and at the same time pushes beyond established boundaries to develop a sound that is unique unto itself, rather than being a stale form of mimicry of the subgenre’s heyday. Hailing from Austin, Texas, and to this point having released two EPs, Expander has broken the mold and developed its own niche through a novel concoction and recombination of musical and thematic elements that broadly span the genres of metal and punk. Expander’s music, lyrical themes, and chosen artwork are decidedly futuristic without being gratuitously experimental. The most appropriate point of reference that one might choose in drawing a direct comparison would be to “Killing Technology”-era Voivod. Expander, however, is noticeably more aggressive than its Canadian predecessor in its approach and delivery, which is clearly demonstrated on “Endless Computer,” the band’s debut album, hereby released by Nuclear War Now! The concept behind the album is that of a shapeless cosmic entity which represents the pinnacle of technological advancement and seeks autonomous control over all atomic matter in the universe. This vision is musically reflected in the myriad of oftentimes unconventional riffs and progressions that manage to tunnel their way into the inner-consciousness of the listener and subvert independent cognition, much in the same way that a digital virus infects and takes control first of a single machine and then progressively engulfs entire networks of them. Not to be underestimated with respect to its overall impact on this album is the level of mindfulness to all aspects of production on this recording. Whereas a great deal of metal, particularly that of the black/death variety, runs a high risk of overproduction, thrash metal with a futuristic focus, such as this, benefits immensely from a healthy degree of attention to clarity and precision, which is proven in this case. Also a product of the band’s diligence in capturing the best possible recording was its decision to faithfully reproduce its live sound to the greatest extent possible. To this end, the band transported its entire backline from its home base in the heart of Texas to faraway GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts, rather than rely on the house equipment to only approximate the desired outcome. The final nod to detail is the perfectly representative cover artwork by Luca Carey, with whom the band worked very closely to ensure that the artwork reflected the lyrical themes of the music as accurately as possible. Given the blistering pace at which humankind increasingly finds itself entangled in the web of its own creations, “Endless Computer” may indeed serve as a harbinger of the fate that we have sealed for ourselves.

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https://expander.bandcamp.com/album/endless-computer

EXPANDER - Endless Computer

1. Biochron Space Suit
2. R-Type 2 Civilization
3. War Terminal: The True Front Line
4. Endless Computer
5. Authority Spire
6. Opulent Tesseract Ascension
7. Mechanized Deathcanal
8. Timezapped
9. Cold Orbit
10. Cold Orbit II: Facing Worlds

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Conveyor of ego accelerates
Toward termination at the cosmic palm
Pristine packets delivered infinitely
Through the gate of humanity's undoing


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EK Nacht



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty unique sound; then again I listen to little to no punk. Except for Venom, Napalm Death and Autopsy. Definitely digging the snarled vocals, the rusty bass strings bass tone and the hammering repetition. It's pretty "blackened" but you didn't use that qualifier even once, so kudos on that as well. Not to mention it's a six song cassette, out of only 25, with hand drawn, yet to be revealed artwork, all for just $5 ppd in the USA. SuuuuhhhhPORT!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds great. Ordered.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the kind words and support!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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EK Nacht



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ordered a copy but the funds have yet to be claimed.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're good, it'll get claimed. Just need to get that account verified.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

YES, and a show already! Everybody just wait for the full EP. Total riffhammer.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The full "Laws of Power" EP is now streaming in full. There are 8 copies left of the first run of cassettes featuring logo sketch by Timo Ketola, photograph by GENERAL HAM and layout by ORACLE OF THE SEVENTH PRISM, SHIPPER OF RUNES, MASTER OF THE BLACK PYRAMID, KEEPER [KEYMASTER] OF THE CHAOS KEY.

http://expander.bandcamp.com

Tapes shipping today for anyone that pre-ordered.

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Ough



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Few copies remain of the initial DIY tape. Possible "official" release later this summer.
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Orifice



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ordered. interested in hearing later stuff.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This tape is killer!!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really enjoying the demo, heavy as fuck! looking forward to more!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

waiting on the arrival of my tape. been jamming the download and its pretty good stuff.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All tracking numbers say they've been delivered. Thanks to all who got in on the ground floor of this. Artist has been commissioned for the "official" version that will also be self-released... unless you're an awesome label and want to hit us up Wink - STAY TUNED.
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