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CAR BOMB is a progressive metal band from Long Island, New York consisting of Michael Dafferner (vocals), Elliot Hoffman (drums), Greg Kubacki (guitar) and Jon Modell (bass).

CAR BOMB was formed out of the dissolution of Michael Dafferner and Greg Kubacki's previous band NECK. After a few line-up changes Elliot and Jon joined the band. They released a three song sampler CD in 2004 and would be signed to Relapse Records in October of 2006.

CAR BOMB would pair up with BURNT BY THE SUN for a split 7" release in 2007 and would release their debut album "Centralia" the same year. "Centralia" would also be released on 12" vinyl by Relapse Records in a limited quantity of 1,000 copies.


CAR BOMB is a wildly progressive, technical band blending metal, hardcore, and jazz with some electronic effects. They combine the polyrhythmic and mathematical madness of MESHUGGAH and DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN with the rage and energetic fury of COALESCE and CONVERGE. Their intent is to assault the listener in any and every way possible; compositionally, sonically, and lyrically. They were approved by the Prog Metal Team and are very highly recommended!

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3.81 | 6 ratings
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2004 Three Song Sampler

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 w^w^^w^w by CAR BOMB album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.83 | 4 ratings

Car Bomb Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by LearsFool
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

5 stars What sticks out most for me about local to me band Car Bomb is how most of their riffs sound like jackhammers and machine guns. From there, they add guitar slides, screams, and solos where appropriate. Their vocals are mainly lung implosions, but they mix it up many a time to great effect, including, at times, oscillated effects. We're left with a neat, great take on something on the border between tech death and mathcore, with plenty of raw energy. "The Sentinel" and "Finish It" are the best tracks, and these really show off their skills and range, the former being the main oscillated track. And "Spirit of Poison" is what particularly shows off the jackhammer effect. Kubacki's guitar and Hoffman's drums are what make this album, but Dafferner's vocals end up adding so much when they aren't in scream mode. An excellent piece of techy extreme metal, recommended.
 Centralia by CAR BOMB album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.81 | 6 ratings

Car Bomb Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 'Centralia' - Car Bomb (6/10)

Often, my judgement of whether a piece of avant-garde, or experimental music is good or not relies largely on the implication of intention. In shorter words, that basically means that even if the music sounds random or jarring at first, if there is a code to crack, or at least that the things I am hearing weren't left up to chance. With that being said, may I introduce Car Bomb, a mathcore act from New York that builds their sound around random, jerky song structures. Running back to my first point, their album 'Centralia' is a work that could well have been one of brilliance, but their use of ideas passes me more as being thrown together, rather than something that was properly thought out and organized.

I acknowledge full well that mathcore is 'not by thing', and that this review is coming from someone who is more of an outsider to this sound than anything. Regardless, Car Bomb is a band that seems intent to throw as many different ideas and sounds into their relatively short album length as possible. Much of these ideas revolve to schizophrenic guitars, and harsh, throaty vocals buzzing around. Comparing them to more well-known acts, this is much like what a band like Psyopus or The Dillinger Escape Plan does, though Car Bomb's sound is arguably more eclectic. Although I cannot enjoy the dissonant, 'harsh' moments of this band too much- they sound jarring and thin to my ears- there are experiments done with the guitar that make them at the very least interesting. Guitarist Greg Kubacki is the star of this band, getting adventurous with distortion feedback, and making a host of strange sounds with his instrument by the time the album is done. Car Bomb also throws some mellow passages at the listener to break up the chaos. However brief they might be, the diversity by itself is interesting.

It is the eclectic, sporadic nature of the band that keeps the band most interesting. However, their strength is also their greatest weakness. While I enjoy the constant flow of ideas that Car Bomb keep assaulting the listener with, the actual way these ideas are structured is frankly underwhelming. A perfect example is with the few ambient post-rock moments that are scattered throughout the album. The chaos stops, and the listener is treated to some graceful atmosphere and quiet work that sounds like it is building up into something dramatic until- the same chaos again. Car Bomb almost seems too dedicated to the neverending madness that they forget to properly use a great idea when they get one. Instead of jabbing at the listener from as many angles as possible from start to finish, it would have been much more effective if 'Centralia' had featured even a few sections where they let a couple of these ideas flourish and be fully developed. Instead, what we are left with is a flurry of short, rhapsodic ideas that touch at excellence, but it never feels like any of this is organized properly.

 Centralia by CAR BOMB album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.81 | 6 ratings

Car Bomb Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Sheavy
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Welcome to insanity.

With a band name like Car Bomb, you already get the hint that you are about to have quite a listening experience. Well, what an experience this band is. The music here is very technical and precise, with lots of choppy, stuttering like playing. It is not a very easy listening, and if it were any longer it would start to turn into more of a muddle of noise than separate songs, which is fine for me as long as it is done right. Thankfully ( for most of you out there ) this is not the case and this album is kept pretty short, coming in at about 30 minutes.

There is also some outside influences from other styles of music such as Jazz, and Electronic, but mainly, this is hyper-active, super technical grindcore like songs.

The songs themselves are not songs that really stand out by themselves ( they are not bad, just good by themselves ), but when taken as a whole they really are put to good use.

A excellent album for anyone looking for some Prog that is out on the fringes of sanity, and for Tech/Extreme metal lovers.

 Centralia by CAR BOMB album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.81 | 6 ratings

Car Bomb Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by avalanchemaster

5 stars Car Bomb- a play on words? A delicious pun? A tasteless joke? yes. yes. and yes (to some). This band never fails to amaze and captivate me, what with their technical avant-noise leanings. They definitely took a page from the Gorguts "obscura" tome and borrowed some of the script. Now I don't want to claim that Car Bomb are in the same league as Gorguts, but they would be like a more tame version. I love the dissonance on display here, the harmonics, the scraping riffs and just overall disarray and chaos. This is not for your average metalhead. It pays to have listened to a good helping of nineties-era noise acts. I also hear a good deal of early Today Is The Day (Willpower)... in the angular riffage. The great thing about this release is that these noisemongers took a plethora of influences ranging from Meshuggah to Aphex Twin, Naked City, Autechre, Slayer, Dillinger Escape Plan and just devilish cacophony and filtered it through standard guitar/bass in terms of melody. This is hardly conventionally melodic though (at least not in terms of "pop" or predictable, bubblegum nonsense). They took these conventional instruments and coaxed, nay, absconded and conjured up the following monstrosity: metallic drill-n-bass meets power electronics married to 20th century classical through a scrap metal compactor. Originality is rare, and this band certainly has its influences (hence, no band is original, but may have a unique sound to warrant individuality in a watered-down scene), yet they gave it a fresh overhaul. I don't go through song by song, I look at the whole album as a listening experience or even a trip through someone else's imagination/nightmares. This stuff is as scathing as it gets. Recommended for fans of forementioned bands, styles and other experimental acts like Gnaw Their Tongues.... simply great. It's a grower for sure.
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