'Bygones' is the debut release by Evil Ex, aka Matt Calvert the guitar and synth mangling third of Three Trapped Tigers.
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Deviating from the Tigers' IDM-influenced tempos and erratic melodies and songs structures, 'Bygones' is a different proposition with a brooding guitar-led, groove-based experimental rock template. As might be expected - not least as most tracks are powered by TTT powerhouse drummer Adam Betts - there's plenty of fire in the climaxes of 'D'Lin' and 'Bygones', and the dark avant-metal squalls of 'Cracks'. The EP also accommodates delicate, glitchy guitar vignettes in the introductory pieces to 'Bygones' and 'Mirrors'.
released April 25, 2011
Written/Produced by Matt Calvert
Matt Calvert - guitars, synths, electronics
Adam Betts - drums, electronic percussion
One review called this "a masterpiece"...well,no...not really...that's a terrible poison chalice to saddle any new band with. Some people have also called this 'math rock'...well,if that means precise rhythms,breakneck unison playing and eccentric time signatures (the drummer sometimes sounds like a rock-drill on steroids),then that would have been a term to apply to the Mahavishnu Orchestra or,indeed,Troyka...another review called this "like nothing you've ever heard"...well,no...
No,this is a very good workout with some interesting ideas but they can be repetitive without a sense of development,I think. It actually works better when it slows down a bit and takes a breath and becomes less autistic...
Technically very challenging but emotionally a little arid in places. It is a rewarding listen but this band have a lot more development in the tank and don't need the over-hype...