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NYC-based Avant-Tech-Death band comprising of duo Nick MCMaster and Lev WEINSTEIN, otherwise better known as the rhythm section of Black Metal Progsters KRALLICE. Nick handles the Bass (6 String) and fierce 'Growl' styled vocals, and Lev is the hyperactive guy behind the drumkit. They have released 1, self-titled album which hit the shelves in 2013, with a tasty limited vinyl pressing in 2014 - a rather short affair offering 4 tracks, and clocking in shy of 27 minutes. This album was recorded at the famous Menegroth studio in Queens, NYC, and graced with invaluable assistance from none other than studio owner and current GORGUTS bassist Colin Marston. The music is a true force-of-nature, dazzling in complexity, brutal in heaviness, bearing similarities to the vicious onslaught that was GORGUTS' crowning achievement, known as Obscura.
Currently, the duo have completed their follow-up album - The Wound And The Bow, due for release in April, 2016.
GERYON perform some serious Extreme Metal, which should satisfy most Head-Banging Proggers out there.

Bio by Tom Ozric

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Geryon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Tom Ozric
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Earth-shattering bass, lightening speed double-pedal work, thrashy beats, bellowing growls causing gale-forced winds from the speakers, and perhaps a little bloodletting from the ear-drums. That's what we can expect from this intense, Avante Death Metal duo GERYON - basically the rhythm section from Progressive Black Metal band KRALLICE, comprising of Nick McMaster (bass/growls) and Lev Weinstein (drums). I happened upon this 12" whilst hoping to obtain the 2LP Diotima album of Krallice, therefore taking a chance, which happened to have paid off. And I'm still looking for Diotima, but I digress. This mini-album of a mere 4 tracks (3 longer and 1 short piece) first appeared in late-2013 whilst main project Krallice was 'on hold' with all members engaging themselves in various other musical endeavours, most notably Colin Marston, having teamed-up with Luc Lemay for another crack at Luc's GORGUTS vision, and a fine offering with Colored Sands following up the seminal classic 'Obscura' with respect.

Back to Geryon. This dynamic duo work so well together here, almost like a battle to out-tech each other, which, in essence, creating a driving force for the compositions on offer. McMaster shows confidence and command of his 6-String bass, churning out distorted arpeggios, bizarre dischords of an other-worldly eerieness, sinister tritones, along with some low, really low bottom end notes just to ensure a complete sonic spectrum is achieved where the listener doesn't even notice the abscence of a lead-guitar, and with just the right amount of 'mud' to the production, to capture a convincing set. Meanwhile, Lev seems to be running a life or death marathon on his kit. I'm sure he'll survive. Each track is broken up by a brief, electronic sound-collage, adding texture and much needed relief throughout the near- 27 minute 'adventure into the strange abyss' that is Geryon music. Structurally complex, melodically baffling, lots of stop/starts, the passion behind McMaster's colossal growling (I can't understand a word he says, and with no lyrics included, it's futile), is enough to make the Dark Lord itself cower into a corner, like a fraidy cat. No. Make that kitten. If there's a downside to what these guys are doing within their limiting, minimalistic arrangement, it's that the songs sound a bit 'samey' and maybe a little draining, but this is a minor quibble at its short running time. Hopefully their next full-length offers more variety. One observation worthy of note is that in a live setting, the duo pull these songs off verbatim, as evidenced by various footage that can be found around the net. Being quite a newbie to this whole Extreme Metal sub-genre, I have little to compare this music to, so, for me, it sounds exciting and quite fresh, I simply love the bold experimentalism and musical technicality, which I'm finding in spades here. And the heaviness. 4 stars.

Thanks to rdtprog for the artist addition.

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