I’m always weary of listening to bands whose label ONLY does one genre of music. There’s a rolling stigma with me that just says you could know every band on the label’s catalog, choose one blindfolded and listen to it, and not know who it was.
Not the case here. Nuclear War Now! has chosen to sign a completely unknown band called EXPANDER, a deathy sort of a thrash punk metal band from Texas. Now, picture that for a second. Got an image? Good, but you’re completely wrong, because THIS is them:
Any band that does something this heavy and manages to not take themselves too seriously is a band I will respect right out of the door. Endless Computer is ten tracks of just this stuff that invades your mind. I wish I could word it better than that, but you could go into this wanting to hate it and wind up banging your head. Every song hits you upside the head with a baseball bat and really doesn’t stop there. By the end of the track, you’re naked on the floor with blood coming out of holes it shouldn’t be coming out of.
Yes, you’ve just been ear raped, people. And not that crappy trend floating around Youtube. This stuff leaves you sweating and with Stockholm Syndrome.
The heavier genres of music don’t really change their formula all that often, which is a shame. If they did, there’d be a lot more bands like Expander. But there aren’t, and for that reason, these guys SHOULD be a lot bigger than they are-especially given that they don’t even have a bass player.
The guitars and drums are crushing. Everything’s there, but if I have one gripe, it’s that the mix is a bit thin. I wish there was more bass. They went to all the trouble of recording a bass track but it’s barely there
Long story short; for a band as unknown as they are, Expander has taken what they have and made a really good product with Endless Computer. I hope they find a bass player and play some bigger shows, because I would like to see them succeed.
Endless Computer drops September 15, 2017.
FFO: Obituary, Old Man’s Child, New Society Of Anarchists
01 Biochron Space Suit
02 R-Type 2 Civilization
03 War Terminal_ The True Front Line
04 Endless Computer
05 Authority Spire
06 Opulent Tesseract Ascension
07 Mechanized Deathcanal
09 Cold Orbit
10 Cold Orbit II_ Facing Worlds
Bloodrock Rating: 3.8 out of 5.0
Written by Hobbes Caltous for Bloodrock Media, July 24, 2017