What happens when you mix progressive death metal with Skrillex and clouds? Something similar to "We Ride (Giant Robot Remix)," I think. The Atlanta five-piece recently released a remixed, digital EP version of their March 29 release Celestial Completion and the results are ... thought provoking.
In all sincerity, the instrumentation and beats aren't bad. Heck, "Invisible Sitar" even features a SITAR. By comparison, "Space Refraction" is some kind of (you guessed it) space-rock hybrid that could easily serve as the background music to the spooky ghost level on Mario Kart 64.
But as a whole: Imagine laying on a warm, grassy hill while the world passes you by and clouds take the shapes of puppies and love and you're just about to fall asleep and ... somebody is murdered nearby. The experience is a tad unexpected and overwhelming.
While I understand digital-hip-hop-dance-dub-step-shake-your-butt has taken the radio waves by storm, I'm flabbergasted as to why this album exists. There's no correlation between digital ambiance and gargling glass. You wouldn't want hot sauce drizzled your ice cream, or Nicholas Cage in your movies. Some things exist better separately. So why the push to combine rough, bellowing growls with up-beat music that sounds better suited for any '90s video game featuring Mario than a mosh pit?
I admire the intent. I really do. And I like to think somewhere out there a nerdy metalhead with a penchant for Japanese culture and tattoos of The Munsters has a wet dream every time this plays. Or maybe that's just me.