by Doug Moore
Geryon at the Acheron (more by Fred Pessaro)
If you keep tabs on live metal in NYC, you're probably already familiar with Geryon, the guitar-free death metal duo (yes, for real) featuring Krallice/Castevet bassist Nick McMaster and his Krallice bandmate Lev Weinstein on drums. The band has been gigging with increasing regularity since early 2012; they've played with The Body, Dysrhythmia, Zevious, Behold...The Arctopus, Child Abuse, and Mutilation Rites since June. However, until now they've had no official recorded material.
We're featuring their self-titled debut on Invisible Oranges this morning (it's also streaming in full below). From our writeup:
"Death metal without guitars" is not an inherently appealing concept. Fortunately, Astomatous were an unconventional death metal band in the first place. Their basic approach has remained the same: dissonant, Gorguts/Immolation-referencing riffs that sync up with or push back against Weinstein's forceful blasts. McMaster has picked up a few tricks during his time in the fertile NYC progressive metal scene, where he's also taken up with Castevet for their excellent new album. He fills up a lot of space by himself, largely avoiding palm mutes and instead stacking up piles of hand-cramping chords and slides. The bare-bones lineup leaves these songs feeling texturally sparse at times, but that's part of the point -- it exposes the harmonic richness of McMaster's playing.Check out the rest of the writeup over on IO.