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Lye By Mistake


Experimental/Post Metal

4.37 | 42 ratings

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5 stars Futurism: A Jazzy Mathcore Epic: 9/10

FEA JUR is LYE BY MISTAKE's last album. It is entirely instrumental and focused on guitar prowess, as it does perfectly.

The vein of the album is somewhere of a fusion between high-paced jazz and endlessly complex mathcore elements. Every track is detailed, nuanced, built upon a baroque structure. The songs, while characteristically aggressive as one would expect of the "-core" piece, is simultaneously melodic and rhythmically pleasing as "jazz" implies.

As aforementioned, the focus is on the guitar (although all musicians deserve praise for their input here, the drums are particularly flabbergasting), delivered impeccably. Expect sweeps, tapping, shredding, acoustic and electric guitars, all sorts of techniques that would otherwise be thought as "emotionless" or "technical wankery". Regularly, technical pieces sound awful because it makes us feel that it's difficult for the sake of trying to appear virtuoso. The thing is, LYE BY MISTAKE, from the very first time, make it clear that's bullshit. That exact thing is an integral part of their art to be complex, fast-paced, technical; it's not just a show-off.

Regarding "jazz", it's not a word used for appealing purposes. LYE BY MYSTAKE really deliver some smooth, enjoyable funky licks while Josh's frenzied guitar ecstatically shreds in the background, bringing us a duality between the soothing and the energetic, between simple jazzy guitar and pharaonic math-metal complexity. Picturing this might seem unpleasing, naturally, as some things that are seen as too polar mixed together is not intuitive. LYE BY MISTAKE goes beyond intuition, and points you're wrong, that some things until then unmixable actually fit together astoundingly well.

What is Futurism? An avant-garde European artistic movement from the 20th Century, whose philosophical bases were, as Wikipedia describes, "It emphasized speed, technology, youth, and violence[...]". We can take two conclusions from that:

A. They were innovative, hence "avant-garde". Perhaps they could be reviving an old idea, perhaps they might be creating a new one; that's disregardable as what matters is that it triumphed;

B. It's aggressive, it's vicious, it's rapid.

Look at the FEA JUR's cover art. It pictures a horse - the epitome of the "speed" idealism for a long time in European culture -; it uses vibrant red (orange, but let's pretend red) which unconsciously brings the idea of passion; it seems dynamic, with the lines scrawled on a way that connotes movement. The essence of Futurism is speed, dynamism, and passion. What would happen if those idealizers were alive in the 21st Century and decided to listen to music? They would listen to LYE BY MISTAKE and weep, because they know there's a group of lads out there that synthesized their concept perfectly. LYE BY MYSTAKE might not know it, it might not have been their intention, but they did it.

... and it's effing fantastic.

Luqueasaur | 5/5 |


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