(Vonlughlio reviews the new album by the Russian death metal band ByoNoiseGenerator, who combine brutal death metal, grind… and jazz. The album will be released on September 20 by Reality Fade Records.)
ByoNoiseGenerator from Perm, Russia, are one of the most forward-thinking brutal death metal bands at the moment, because of their unusual willingness to incorporate new elements into their sound.
They broke out back in 2015 with the release of their debut, Turbulent Biogenesis (available here), to which my immediate reaction was the following: “Really??? What the fuck????”. Of course I listened to that release five times in a row, which was not an imposing challenge because it’s only about 14 minutes long. Listening to a saxophone in this kind of music was just mindblowing, because to be honest I had bought the CD and did not know what to expect.
In fact, one thing that I regret was not including this release in my top albums from that year. To be able to mix BDM, grind, and jazz elements in elaborate yet short songs, and make it work, is not an easy task.
Later, the band seemed to fall somewhat silent, but re-surfaced to announce a deal with Reality Fade Records for their sophomore release. I was excited, to say the least, to discover what these guys would do as a next step in their progression. And it came through a video that premiered via Slam Worldwide‘s YouTube channel. Here is the video:
Well, that alone answered my question as to what new elements they might include in the new record. Some hated it, others loved it. I enjoyed it quite a bit. So when I was given the opportunity to listen to their new release Neuromechanica, there was no doubt in my mind that I would do so.
This time around the length of the release is a little bit more than the first one (though I’m not saying how much), and the production is more natural, more conducive to enhancing the sound and contribution of each instrument. Of course, the saxophone is still there, and more present than ever. The songs are precise, short, and when the sax comes in the timing is perfect.
There guys are not afraid to experiment, and for that I applaud them, for being un-afraid to push the boundries of their blending of jazz, BDM, and grind. Their new release makes me think of bands such as Pink Floyd and Radiohead (in terms of their experimentation with their sound, to be clear).
As mentioned, the songs are fast and precise in every second that passes, and the vocals undergo changes in different sections that make these 10 songs even more diverse. They sure as hell go hand-in-hand with the music, and add value to it.
Repeated listening has convinced me that this new effort shows an even higher level of musiciansip. So please do check out this band and their label, and I hope you’ll be able to support both.