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International death metal collective Coma Cluster Void (featuring ex-Cryptopsy vocalist Mike DiSalvo) will drop their second release, Thoughts From a Stone, on October 13. It’s a towering technical death metal effort, featuring 10-string guitar, cello, violin and four members contributing vocals. Thoughts From a Stone follows 2016’s Mind Cemeteries, the band’s first release, as guitarist Strieder explains:

“The musical concept for Thoughts From A Stone grew in my mind for a longer time. Directly after we finished Mind Cemeteries, I bespoke with Mike the underlying concept for Thoughts From A Stone, and we shared ideas about the musical and lyrical possibilities. During my writing process I kept everybody in the loop, and half-way I’ve created a chart of the motivic structure, so everybody would know the function of the parts. There are motifs in the traditional sense, but also rhythmic motifs and even chords serving as motifs building this piece. Like with the predecessor, we’ve used chat and e-mail, and send large files over the internet to create the record.”

Listen to pummeling new song “Thumb of Disease” now and find more info on the record via Translation Loss.


Reviewed By: George Archibald

It has been a year since Avant Garde/ Dissonant metal giants Coma Cluster Void dropped Mind Cemeteries. They are back with a new amalgamation of destruction in Thoughts From A Stone. A 21-minute orchestration of sorrow, through their label Translation Loss Records. This new EP is broken down into 6 movements that are to be played as one collective. CCV has stuck to their roots bringing back their trademark sound, of dissonant guitar, thunderous drums, and a mix of vocal ranges from soft and clean, to deep harsh growls.

Thoughts From A Stone, kicks off with a spoken word passage along with accompanying string and woodwind instrumentation which sets the tone of menace. CCV sheds a light on those who live in the dregs of society, it reminds me almost of the opening of Dante’s Inferno, before the decent into the darkness. The band has created an opus of sorrow; touching on the apocalypse and inner look at what we are as man, nothing more than an afterthought, and ash. CCV has created beauty out of bedlam, on this journey through destruction.

 Overall Thoughts From A Stone may seem to have a bit of a step up from Mind Cemeteries, with production. The bass is more prevalent, and the instruments seem to be more pronounced, adding a bit of clarity during the chaotic dissonance that Coma Cluster Void have been famous for. I also am a fan of, having members Genevieve DisalvoMike DisalvoChris Burrows, Silvia Hinz, and Austin Taylorcontributing vocals, like paint to canvas, sonically layering the album.  The atmosphere is what you would expect from CCV having dissonant guitars, accompanied with controlled percussion. By this, I mean there is no hint of overplaying, but rather a reserved feel to let all parts play out without mudding the music.

Coma Cluster Void have a created a symphony, that hits like a hammer on the theme of ominous despair. Thoughts From A Stone contains soundscapes that strike a nerve in the listener, evoking a feeling that this is the end. This album will be a must have for any listener that is into reaching out from the boundaries of what is modern metal, and expanding their audio horizons.  Thoughts From A Stone will be available on October 13th, through Translation Loss Records, make sure to check it out!


Thoughts from a Stone was actually the first ever teaser released for the Coma Cluster Void experiment, all the way back in 2014. Back then, I suppose it was going to end up on their upcoming full-length, with the slogan “Aural Representation of Pain and Suffering” – Mind Cemeteries –, but the composition probably expanded or reiterated to what it is now: a twenty-two-minute, six-part suite of contemporary death metal. Contemporary? Yeah, I feel that this adjective better suits their sound than the rather narrow definition of “tech-death” or the vague “experimental” and “avant-garde” tags. “Math metal” is a good contender, in that regard, but it doesn’t fully grasp the scope of what Coma Cluster Void stands for. Beyond the numbers dictating the time signature, they also, and perhaps more importantly, work to push forward the harmonic possibilities of metal, thanks to the unique tuning pattern of Strieder’s ten-string guitar, and Sylvia Hinz’s five-string bass. Contemporary metal is, thus, a direct parallel to contemporary classical music, where new boundaries are created. Thoughts from a Stone is a praise-worthy successor to the band’s debut album, and expands many ideas that were expressed there further. For example, what I like to call the “chromatic neighbourhood” – many consecutive chromatic notes – in chords and scales. Its traditional use is to bridge the perfect fourth and fifth with a tritone, especially in blues, but it can sound very unsettling when using it around the tonal centre and with more than three neighbouring notes. Strieder’s peculiar tuning allows such chords to be easily played, and it’s such a treat to listen as well. One thing that differs from Mind Cemeteries is just how much the bass guitar is present, now. That was once of my complaints with the debut album: the bass was almost totally absent. They rectify the case, much to my delight. In the end, Thoughts from a Stone is a step in the right direction for Coma Cluster Void, proving they’re not short of ideas. Be sure to get your hands on this one, it releases on October thirteenth.


(Austin Weber prepared this post about news of a new release by a favorite band — the multinational combine known as Coma Cluster Void.)

Just one year after their amazing 2016 debut, Mind Cemeteries, made a massive and terrifying impression on the death metal world, the international dissonant death metal/math metal collective that is Coma Cluster Void are back at it again.

Yesterday, the band unveiled the artwork and teaser video for their upcoming EP entitled Thoughts From A Stone. Which is a single-song composition clocking in at over 21 minutes. The EP is set for release on Friday, October 13th, through Translation Loss Records.

For those keeping track from the band’s early origin period, Thoughts From A Stone was originally a demo of a short interlude-type piece back in 2014, though I can’t seem to find it online anymore. It was that “song” along with some demo clips of the band sent to me by our very own overlord Islander that hooked me on the band well before their debut last year blew many of us away.

Prepare to have your mind melted when this drops next month.

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