TARDIVE DYSKINESIA - THE SEA OF SEE THROUGH SKINS - CORONER
Not familiar with Coroner Records, but if this is a new label it is doing a fine job picking its bands. Tardive Dyskinesia does not even specialize in my favourite style of music, but is a superb act frankly. The label describes the equally unfamiliar band as “Math Death Core,” but the statement is not entirely accurate. Tardive is rather more straightforward than a band like The Dillinger Escape Plan. While elements of technicality are on every song, including staccato riffing and the drummer who must have tentacles, this is much more linear than the average American or Canadian counterpart. Dillinger, Strapping Young Lad and old Meshuggah all come to mind so originality is not a primary goal here. The vocals have the obligatory Devin/SYL influence, yet again done in a very digestible fashion. Some very atmospheric and organic soloing at the album’s ending creates a great variation on the mood.
The band is from Greece, which is known for its heavy metal affection, but these guys do what they do perfectly well. The name of the album and the group itself are a testament to the material’s complexity and this review to its quality. - Anna Tergel