Posted in metal | music | tour dates on January 17, 2014

by Doug Moore

Artificial Brain

Labyrinth Constellation, the debut full-length by zany Long Island death metal troupe Artificial Brain, has been a long time coming. They've been around since 2009, but their other commitments -- notably, guitarist Dan Gargiulo's duties in Revocation -- have kept the band in the demo stages and away from the live circuit for almost that entire period. But the album is finally coming out on February 18 via Profound Lore, and it's well worth the wait -- 2014 is young, but I don't anticipate hearing many death metal albums that top this one before it's over.

Artificial Brain's absurdly guttural vocals and cosmic imagery (their Metal Archives page describes their lyrical themes as "space") will automatically draw comparisons to Wormed and Demilich, but this band's counterintuitive high point is their sense of melody. Like Gorguts, whose 2013 album pretty much co-ruled the year in death metal with Carcass's new one, Artificial Brain like to string eerie-but-pretty chord progressions along complicated arpeggiated patterns; Gargiulo and fellow guitarist Jon Locastro's thrashy bent remind me a little of Chicago's underrated The Chasm too. The songs have enough going on that they take a few listens to really process, but it's not a torrent of unrelated parts -- each tune is carefully constructed and periodically catchy.

MetalSucks debuted a song from the album a few weeks back; you can stream it below. A second track debuted on Pitchfork today. Live appearances are still rare for this band, but they'll be playing an Invisible Oranges/Signature Riff co-presented show with Chicago's equally weird (and also great) Aevangelist, along with Maryland's Oak and Castevet/Kayo Dot side project Disparish at Saint Vitus on 1/25. Tickets are available. (Don't forget that Aevangelist are on tour, starting tonight (1/17).)

Stream "Absorbing Black Ignition" below...

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Comments (59)

Hey, how do you keep a zany Long Island sausage in suspense? I'll give you a hint.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 12:28 PM

How do you keep a loser (12:28) posting idiotic comments year after year?
Give him an open forum with an anonymous name..

Posted by J | January 17, 2014 12:41 PM

^ dumb as fuck right there

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 12:56 PM

the soundcloud image above kinda looks like a dildo. just saying.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 1:10 PM

Skeleton Men with Gun Arms invading the Insectoids' planet

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 1:43 PM

12:28 jerks off into vintage sweaters while listening to real estate and crying about girls he never fucked.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 1:49 PM

projection, it's what's for sausage lunch

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 1:54 PM

I always think it's not worth it to read the metal thread comments, but this thread made a belieber out of me.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 2:03 PM

1:54 jerks off to the thought of 12:28 jerking off into vintage sweaters while listening to real estate crying over the fact that loud metal makes his asshole quiver

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 2:52 PM

12:28 is one of those cuckolds who doesn't know he's a cuckold. he buys into the line that tryone is actually just a gay co-worker of his girlfriend, and that his dick feels like a hotdog in a hallway when he fucks her because well, bodies just change, babe.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:01 PM

1:54 doesn't realize that 'sausage' is its own projection

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:02 PM

^ boring, try again sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:05 PM

okay, hand me the lube. damn, you are tight!

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:06 PM

Sausage dreaming about anal sex. I'm shocked!

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:07 PM

3:05 is a total size queen

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:07 PM

3:07--it won't be a dream, buddy. it'll be a nightmare. trust me.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:08 PM

^ you sound angry

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:09 PM

^you sound horny

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:10 PM

3:09 is a total hate-fuck power bottom

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:11 PM

LOL @ sausages licking their lips, typing as they get ready for their shift at the St Vitus Glory Hole tonight (salty sweet, smack those lips)

ZING!

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:11 PM

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Why am I not surprised that sausages are up on all the gay S&M lingo?

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Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:12 PM

3:11 has been to a glory hole before

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:13 PM

this is boring

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:13 PM

Hey, what does a sausage talking to himself look like?

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:13 PM

3:12 knows the gay lingo two and knows what a glory hole is but he's not gay, dude. not at all. nope. not a bit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:13 PM

3:13 sorta like your dad getting finger-cuffed at a thruway rest-stop, sans all the gaping and gagging

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:14 PM

^ what in the fuck are you even talking about?

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:29 PM

I guess somewhere around 3:14:59 PM is where the dumbass sausage figured out what 3:13(a) meant LOL
TOO LATE SAUSAGE, THE JOKE WORKED! HA HA HA HA HA
Holy shit this sausage is exceptionally stupid

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:34 PM

^ask your old man.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:35 PM

3:34 is that guy who says he's gotta run, but texts you like five times after that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:36 PM

This just in .... hey sausage, he's talking about you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waf46eBajkw

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:38 PM

I am 3:34, and that was the first time I chimed in on this thread. 3:36 is like the George Zimmerman of BV, keeping the threads safe for us all. Keep up the good work, Zimmy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:40 PM

I love sausage magical thinking. Yeah, we're all one person.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magical_thinking

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:42 PM

3:38 is that guy who smokes your weed all day, then can't help but say, "dude, do you think I could pinch a nug for the walk home?"

3:40 is the Trayvon Martin of BV. He deserved it anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:44 PM

3:42 knows how to copy and paste.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:45 PM

can't flim flam the zim zam

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:45 PM

^ what in the fuck are you even talking about?

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:49 PM

I love sausage magical thinking. Yeah, we're all one person.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magical_thinking

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:50 PM

3:49 you sound angry

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:50 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:51 PM

^This just in .... hey sausage, he's talking about you!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waf46eBajkw

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:52 PM

^ what in the fuck are you even talking about?

^ what in the fuck are you even talking about?

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Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 3:53 PM

One freshly cooked sausage says that the same person wrote all 42 of the previous comments.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 4:42 PM

The sausageargumentpods.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 4:43 PM

Sausage boy gave up? I always knew he was a PUSSY. Oh, wait ... must be his shift at SIGH now. Remember sausage no teeth or no creamy surprise.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 8:18 PM

Dear friends, for all your sausage needs I highly recommend this Romanian shop in Ridgewood:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/muncan-food-corporation-ridgewood-2?nb=1

Sausage is made freshly every morning, and the shop has that nostalgic smoked pig skin smell!

Ridgewood, while not Brooklyn, is now SUPER-hip since Parquet Courts performance on Fallon. Yes it's legit now!

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 9:26 PM

Hey, what does a sausage talking to himself look like?

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 10:44 PM

i was walking through ridgewood queens. then i got jumped and had my wallet and iphone stolen because i'm a 27 year old pot head and i weigh 130 pounds

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 11:04 PM

^ Well at least it wasn't Camden. Even D won't go there, and he's twice as hard as this dumbass sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 11:21 PM

^Hey, what does a sausage talking to himself look like?

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2014 11:38 PM

^ you answered your own Q obvs :-) do have yourself a nice weekend

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2014 9:31 AM

^This just in .... hey sausage, he's talking about you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waf46eBajkw

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2014 11:21 AM

Car #24, large veggie special and 2L of Sprite to 2105 Sunrise Highway, GO! You've got 10 min!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2014 11:50 AM

can't flim flam the zim zam

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2014 12:44 PM

^ what in the fuck are you even talking about?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2014 12:52 PM

Sausages dream of dicks and asses all day long, reminiscing of those halcyon days with daddy back in the toolshed in West Virginia. Watch the movie Deliverance and you have a pretty good idea.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2014 1:05 PM

v that

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2014 10:13 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen, the greatest minds of our time have spoken.

Good job anonymous commenters of Brooklyn Vegan. Good job. Your intellect is truly scary.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2014 1:28 PM

great album, great songs

Posted by Mercier | February 26, 2014 6:58 AM

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