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To begin, I’m going to say that there isn’t anything out there right now that sounds like Coma Cluster Void and there isn’t anything out there right now that sounds like Thoughts From A Stone. Both the band and this new release are entirely unique as they push the boundaries of metal and aren’t afraid to explore new avenues of metal and reach new heights.Coma Cluster Void is beyond technical death metal as they seem to be in a class entirely their own. Coma Cluster Void is an innovative band to say the least, and with Thoughts From A Stone, they further prove that there aren’t any bands out there like them and they further prove that they are in a class all their own.

The feeling that you get when listening to this record is a feeling of inevitable death. The atmosphere and soundscapes that Coma Cluster Void create all throughout this record are ones that are grim and ever so deadly. Thoughts From A Stone has a great tendency to pull you in nearly immediately and take you through these vast and striking soundscapes taking you on a great sonic journey.

More than the devilish soundscapes is the pure wizardry displayed on all instruments. Each track is incredibly technical and precise but never dizzying or disorienting. Everything on this record is calculated and spot on with nothing out of place what so ever creating a wall of sheer uncompromising death metal. From the incredibly spastic and acute riffs to the acrobatic drumming to the visceral and ever powerful vocals, everything on this record is done pretty perfectly. Through and through, Thoughts From A Stone impresses and the more that you listen, the more impressed that you become and the more that you want to keep listening.

Thoughts From A Stone is a record that you can leave on repeat and never get tired of. It is a cohesive listen front to back never skipping a beat. Through each track Coma Cluster Void shows off their incredible ability to provide you with some heavy, compelling and head spinning tunes that plant themselves firmly in your mind for quite some time to come.

With Mind Cemeteries Coma Cluster Void pushed the envelope of extreme music and now with Thoughts From A Stone they do so yet again. They seem unafraid to take risks and experiment with their sound and because of that they are incredibly memorable, entertaining and in my opinion unrivaled in their sound. You can’t get much better than this, and Thoughts From A Stone is certainly a stand out record for this year.

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Coma Cluster Void descend further down the technical death metal rabbit hole on their new EP, Thoughts From a Stone.

By combining discombobulating rhythms and grooves with Gorgutsian angularity and dissonance, Coma Cluster Void present the auditory representation of pure chaos through their outre tunes. Their music is dense and claustrophobic, confining listeners to tight spaces to be tortured by ever-shifting, disfigured instrumentation. “Technical death metal” is merely a jumping-off point for this band as they transcend typical genre tropes and carve out a particular niche for themselves within the scene, as made evident by 2016’s monstrous Mind Cemeteries. It’s ugly and unique, frightening and enthralling. Coma Cluster Void shine like a diamond in a sea of dull death metal.

Following hot on the heels of Mind Cemeteries comes Thoughts From a Stone; a short EP release that extensively builds upon the madness of its predecessor. The release is essentially one long, 22-minute piece of music broken up into six individual tracks. Each section bleeds seamlessly into the next, creating one cohesive, ever-moving composition that refuses to give listeners room to breathe.

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The record begins with a myriad of discordant strings and haunting prose on “I Breathe An Awakening”, which leads directly into the lurching “The Silence and Gloom”. Here dissonant, sprawling guitars churn out slow and angular riffs and frantic, concussive drumming thunders underneath. Barely discernible, whispered vocals hiss among this lumbering instrumentation, creating a sense of unease for the listener. This short track builds quite an amount of tension that is released in the extremely chaotic movements that follow.

From “Sculpting This Vision” onward, Thoughts From a Stone becomes increasingly more complex and unhinged. “Sculpting This Vision” immediately assaults the listener with down-tuned, grumbling guitars that unleash a menagerie of groove-laden death metal riffs, which are marred by off-kilter rhythms and the band’s penchant for all things strange. The instrumentation is akin to the work of bands like Meshuggah or Car Bomb if they had been tortured by Lovecraftian entities for hours on end. The cacophony of guttural vocals created by Mike DiSalvo and Austin Taylor only add to the unnerving quality of the music.

“Thumb of Disease” is probably the most frenetic and volatile section of this piece. This track delivers nearly five minutes of behemoth-sized riffs that chug and stomp about hectically under the influence of nauseating, bastardized rhythms. Dissonant, noisy riffs often spawn from this writhing mass of grooves in unpredictable intervals and spiral out of control. As the swirling maelstrom of death metal insanity begins to die down, a familiar lurching riff from “The Silence and Gloom” rears its head again before the track slinks into the next.

“Mother, Dreamer” briefly abandons the chaos for a haunting section populated by ethereal vocals and soundscapes and sporadic bass leads, which are all lead by venomous spoken word from multiple band members. Soon the band’s avant-garde death metal stylings come back for more as the track morphs into a earsplitting section of atonal, intertwining melodies and chugging grit. Then as the track reaches its end, bassist Sylvia Hinz emits a soaring mezzosopranic wail as the EP’s final movement begins.

“We Are As Low” is not quite as rambunctious and frenzied as some of the tracks that came before it, but it instead focuses on slowly shape-shifting instrumentation that locks listeners into a confined space and chokes the life out of them. The song trudges along steadily, emphasizing every bludgeoning groove and atonal flourish, determined to batter listeners into the ground. The leviathanic chaos eventually crawls to a halt and the EP ends the way it began, with the same myriad of discordant strings.

Thoughts From a Stone is an ambitious and singular piece of music that helps put Coma Cluster Void at the top of the list of metal’s forward thinkers.

For Fans Of: Pyrrhon, Gorguts, Ulcerate, Car Bomb and Portal


2016's Mind Cemeteries was a blistering release. It was full of energy, ideas and you may recall I once compared its twisting, labrynthine take on death metal to the plot of Event Horizon: Death Metal passing through dimensions, only to return changed, inhuman and no longer tethered to the concerns of mere mortals.

This album drew a lot of comparissons to groups such as Gorguts, Deathspell Omega and Ion Dissonance and while that was almost always in effusive praise, it quite possibly started to wear a bit thin.

So we come to the tail end of 2017 and my own framing device has received a tweak. You see, Coma Cluster Void are no longer space travellers happening upon extra-dimensional horrors. They are themselves the horrors spilling in to our universe and giving us a glimpse of the what lurks behind the veil. Clad in black and exploring the further recesses of their experience, CCV are death metal cenobites dismantling and disfiguring the flesh of the genre and sculpting grotesque works of art from its entrails.

To call their new release, Thoughts From A Stone, forward thinking is in many ways a disservice. Its bizarre sonic sprawl doesn't represent foresight in to the development of the genre of tech death or a progression that may be adopted in the years to come. Instead it stands tall as a strange monolith all of its own.

From the opening whipsers of I Breathe an Awakening to the decaying drone the signifies the end of We Are As Low there is nothing typical to be found. Each movement arrives as a fully realised moment in itself while informing whats to come and what came before. Every aching note, every spasming riff strives to shake off easy comparissons. It is hard to speak about specific moments as it is a record that should be digested whole, however whether it is Sculpting This Vision's percussion led descent in to madness or the insidious incantations of Mother, Dreamer that recalls the feel of Lalo Schifrin's rejected score for The Exorcist, there are standout moments to be found throughout the run time.

It's tempting to say that CCV have thrown down the gauntlet to other tech death bands in a year that has already seen really strong releases in the genre from PyhrronArtificial Brainand more besides but truthfully Thoughts From A Stone is so distorted and horrifying that it feels apart from such things. It simply just is and feels like it has always been there waiting for a band like Coma Cluster Void to reveal to us.

They have such sights to show you.


"I dare to say that something similar has never been heard in the broad context of metal ... Be clear: this is one of the best works you can hear this year. Do not miss the hype."

Coma Cluster Void, para mi, pasó de ser el grupo en el que cantaba Mike DiSalvo (ex-Cryptopsy) a ser un complejo ente musical multicultural e internacional que agrupa los músicos contemporáneos más interesantes y rompedores de los últimos tiempos. Sólo tuve que escuchar unas cuantas miles de veces su debut Mind Cemeteries para darme cuenta.

Su propuesta es atípica y complicada de describir. Disonancias, tempos enrevesados, letras evocadoras, y, sobre todo, un ímpetu por traspasar límites nunca antes rebasados. Me atrevo a decir que nunca se ha escuchado algo parecido en el amplio contexto del metal.

Thoughts From A Stone continúa la historia tras Mind Cemeteries del personaje The Iron Empress a través de la frase “Through dead we part”, la cual se escuchaba justo al final  de su primer disco. Esta vez experimentaremos el horror sónico a través de una única canción de casi 22 minutos. Un planteamiento nada habitual del que Gorguts, por ejemplo, hizo uso el año pasado mediante su Pleiades’ Dust. Aunque con una diferencia. No cabe duda de que Gorguts lanzó un gran disco que recibió estupendas críticas, pero, a pesar de lo que yo mismo dijera en su día, no suena como una sola composición. Coma Cluster Void, sin embargo, ha conseguido crear una obra que se siente como única. Una verdadera canción que se expande, evoluciona, te absorbe y secuestra del mundo real durante 22 minutos.

Y esto se experimenta desde el primer momento, cuando, tras una narración por parte de Genevieve DiSalvo, se desata una implacable trituradora formada por una aplastante base rítmica de Sylvia Hinz y Chris Burrows adornada por las siniestras disonancias de Strieder, dando forma a esta sobrecogedora obra. Acaba de iniciarse una asfixiante y terrorífica atmósfera que nos acompañará a lo largo de Thoughts From A Stone.

Sin embargo, Coma Cluster Void no se limita a repetir la fórmula de su primer disco. La complejidad y excelencia compositiva ha aumentado. Las capas musicales se han incrementado y enriquecido entre sí. Además, esta nueva iteración contiene unos cuantos momentos inéditos hasta ahora, como las voces mezzosoprano de Sylvia Hinz que se transforman en un grito, abriendo el camino a las rugientes voces de Genevieve y Mike DiSalvo, turnándose entre ellos para desatar el mismísimo infierno bajo los blast beats de Chris Burrows.

Morded un palo antes de llegar a la sección final de Thoughts For A Stone para evitar un desprendimiento de empastes bucales. Escucharéis un ritmo lentísimo, denso como el núcleo de una estrella, salpicado por las voces ultra guturales de Austin Taylor y del invitado Anthony Lipary(Thoren). En los últimos segundos volveremos a oír la flauta de pico bajo de Sylvia, quizá os suene la melodía. Es la misma que abría Mind Cemeteries. Recordemos ahora que el final de éste se enlaza con el principio de Thoughts From A Stone. Ambos detalles crean conceptualmente entre los dos álbumes un bucle infinito inesperado y apabullante, una especie de paradoja temporal.

La producción y sonido del álbum, cortesía de Strieder y sus Magma Studios, es increíble, suena incluso mejor que el debut. El muro sónico que genera Thoughts From A Stone podría poner a prueba la estructura de un edificio de hormigón armado. Algo que me ha encantado es que se nota una mayor presencia del bajo, un gran acierto. Aumenta la viscosidad del producto final, y nos permite deleitarnos más fácilmente con el instrumento.

Una auténtica maravilla este trabajo de Coma Cluster Void que supone otro giro de tuerca en su carrera. Se están convirtiendo en unos revolucionarios, en los responsables de que, dentro de un tiempo, el death metal tal y como lo conocemos trascienda hacia otros terrenos inexplorados pero no menos contundentes. Thoughts From A Stone os fagocitará durante 22 minutos, no dejándoos escapar hasta que termine. Tened claro que este es uno de los mejores trabajos que podréis escuchar este año. No os lo podéis perder.