Thursday, 20 February 2020

WIND IN THE TREES, THE

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metal / Metalcore / Metallic Hardcore / Math Metal / Mathcore / Grindcore / Noise / Experimental
Related artistsLilu Dallas and The Heads Are Zeroes.
CountryBaltimore, Maryland U.S.A.
Years Active2018-present
Song: "A white light in autumn"
Album: "a gift of bricks from the sky"
Year: 2019
For fans ofFrontierer, Letters In Binary, Enkephalin, Ed Gein, Kiss The Sky Goodbye, Egarra, Secondgradeknifefight, Me And Him Call It Us, Black Nail, Machinist, Warsaw Was Raw, Discordance Axis, Daughters, .gif from god, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Dillinger Escape Plan, Destroyer Destroyer, Thumbscrew, Knut and Euclid C Finder.
Label(s): Middle Man Records
This post's artist is from the January 2020 Mix. This is track #4.
You can download: the February 2020 Mix#2 right here or get the new March 2020 Mix#3 here.

THE WIND IN THE TREES are an incredible three-piece mathy, experimental hardcore/metal band from Baltimore. They released their debut LP 'a gift of bricks from the sky' in 2019 on Middle Man Records to much acclaim, especially within the mathcore community. The album consists of 13 blows to the head, complete with chaotic pummelings and post-concussion mind-fuckery just to make sure you don't forget about it the next day. Drawing comparisons is difficult in an Indiana-Jones-treasure-switcheroo kind of way, but a general sweep of relatively similar bands would find parts of Frontierer, Euclic C Finder, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Discordance Axis and Daughters, which is some pretty ridiculous company.

Following a haunting introduction with "Fever dream", "Sleepwalking into a burning house" then runs a condensed marathon on your goddamn face. The instrumental transition at 50 seconds is a nice slowdown that creates a massive, swelling midsection that tips just before 1:30. This is followed by "Death walks beside you", an absolutely brain-shattering slice of grindy, mathy, screechy mayhem. "A smile unfurls" blows me away at the 50-second mark with a spectacular climax that would probably ruin my life if I saw it live. "I become darkness" is stellar, as well as "I become the end" and its ridiculous late 80s computer lazerbeam sounds that fire across the one-minute mark that I can't get enough of, and also make the Frontierer comparison pretty darn obvious. "Hellhoud" has a mindtrip of a riff for it's final third, again very Frontierer and Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravangza. Closer and one might argue long track "Blinding miscalculations" passes the three-minute mark and delves into new territory. Specifically, the very anthemic and engaging guitars as the first minute concludes, which lead the song through to its very epic and satisfying end.

I saw somewhere that the trio is working on new material, so I'm fucking stoked.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2019 - a gift of bricks from the sky cassetteLP (stream/buy here) [buy tape from ZBR distro here]

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(2019) THE WIND IN THE TREES - "A smile unfurls" (from 'a gift of bricks from the sky')


(2019) THE WIND IN THE TREES - "Hellbound" (from 'a gift of bricks from the sky')

(2019) THE WIND IN THE TREES - "I become darkness" (from 'a gift of bricks from the sky')

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THE WIND IN THE TREES additional links

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