Personally, I wasn’t particularly invested in Toothgrinder‘s previous works: Vibration/Colour/Frequency and Turning Of The Tides. I found them interesting in a way, but there was something that hindered me from fully enjoying them. I might have once put the finger on it, but I don’t remember now why.
However, I just found out that they released an EP back in November 2014. And boy is it a good surprise! Everything is just perfect on it.
For those who do not know Toothgrinder, they’re pretty much a blend of Dillinger Escape Plan, Between The Buried And Me, and maybe some other techy mathy metal stuff like Torrential Downpour, but not limited to those. In other words, it’s a rather delicious listening. It’s got all the elements you’d expect a band described as such to have: crazy guitar riffs, throat-ruining vocals, fast-paced time signature changes and songs on the shorter side. They do bring their own touch to the mix and I have to give it to the singer to be able to bring memorable vocals while not using vocal melodies (example in Polar Complex).
The video for The Hour Angle demonstrates how kick-ass their live shows are, and it’s been experienced by my fellow blogger David Lopez. Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to go to one of their shows, being too busy battling the freezing winds of Québec, but if they dare tour up here, I’ll bring them a few beers and snowshoes.