Based in and around New York City, Car Bomb has made a name over the past decade as one of the most virtuosic metal bands in the world, drawing parallels to Meshuggah, Gojira, and The Dillinger Escape Plan – but as much as Car Bomb is a metal machine, the band derives inspiration from renegades across the spectrum, from Aphex Twin to John Zorn. New album Meta sees the band exercise its musical freedom with stunning results: Meta is a world where maddening technicality, massive grooves and soaring melodies are woven together into complex structures that burst with color, dazzling the brain and punching the gut.
As complex as it is, Meta is a puzzle that does not need to be solved, it can simply be relished. Car Bomb's magic lies in its ability to use inscrutable techniques to create music that viscerally rocks. On the micro level, Meta is a web of polyrhythms, modulations, and shred; step back and it is a feast of sound – an extended, blissed-out, headbangable state of wow.
Speaking of puzzles: to introduce Meta to the world, Car Bomb chose to launch things in a cryptic way. August 15th, the band emailed individual 5-second sound clips to select fans, with no explanation or instructions. Fans quickly connected with one another via social media and began piecing the clips together. In about one week, the work was completed and one full song was revealed: Meta's opening track, "From the Dust of This Planet."
A rich, 3-minute slice of what lies in store on Meta, "From the Dust of This Planet" churns and shifts, expanding and contracting like a conscious and schizophrenic machine, veering from absolute metallic punishment to a transcendent chorus you will be singing for days.
Meta was produced by Gojira's Joe Duplantier and Car Bomb guitarist Greg Kubacki, and mixed and mastered by Josh Wilbur (Megadeth, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Escape the Fate). The album was tracked at Silver Cord Studio in Brooklyn, New York, the studio co-owned by Joe Duplantier and Car Bomb drummer Elliot Hoffman.
Duplantier and Suffocation's Frank Mullen contribute guest vocals.
The cover art and layout were created by Greg Kubacki.
1) From the Dust of This Planet
2) Secrets Within
5) Constant Sleep
6) The Oppressor (featuring Joe Duplantier of Gojira)
7) Black Blood
8) Sets (featuring Frank Mullen of Suffocation)
10) Lights Out
11) Infinite Sun
The Dillinger Escape Plan, O'Brother, Cult Leader, Car Bomb:
Nov 9 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Nov 10 - St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
Nov 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Nov 12 - Wilmington, NC @ The Throne Theatre
Nov 13 - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
Nov 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 16 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Nov 17 - Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome
Nov 18 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Nov 19 - Hartford, CT @ The Webster
Michael Dafferner - vocals
Greg Kubacki - guitar
Jon Modell - bass
Elliot Hoffman - drums
Meta - self-released, 2016
w^w^^w^w - self-released, 2012
Centralia - Relapse Records, 2007
Photo by Patrik Andersson