BRAIN TENTACLES: Self-Titled Debut From Mind-Melting Avant Jazz Metal Trio Streaming At Noisey In Advance Of Tomorrow’s Release

photo by D. Randall Blythe

photo by D. Randall Blythe

“…a gritty fusion of grindcore-jazz weirdness and crunchy noise–a chaotic tangle of blast beats and riffs that frantically try to keep pace with a constantly evolving mutation of jazz blips and slurs.” — Noisey

As a precursor to the official unveiling of their self-titled debut, set to drop tomorrow via Relapse Records, multi-state avant-garde/jazz/metal trio BRAIN TENTACLES is streaming the record in its mind-melting entirety courtesy of Noisey.

Commending the band’s “gritty fusion of grindcore-jazz weirdness and crunchy noise,” and the record’s “chaotic tangle of blast beats and riffs that frantically try to keep pace with a constantly evolving mutation of jazz blips and slurs,” the stream comes alongside an in-depth interview with members Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, Corrections House etc.) and Dave Witte (Discordance Axis, Municipal Waste, Deny The Cross etc.). “On ‘The Sadist,'” continues the esteemed web portal, “Lamont’s sax chops up Witte’s rapid beats while Aaron Dallison’s (Keelhaul) ripped vocals crackle with distortion. The frantic, speed-metal roller coaster ‘Kingda Ka’ takes on improvised jazz horns, jumping percussion and manic drums, and ‘Cosmic Warriors Girth Curse’ mixes pounding metal with unsettling silence.”

Hear for yourself at THIS LOCATION.

Additionally, BRAIN TENTACLES recently premiered a new music video for their track “Fruitcake” via Clrvynt available for viewing at THIS LOCATION.

Brain Tentacles will be released September 30th on CD, LP, and digitally via Relapse Records. Physical and digital preorders are available at THIS LOCATION.

The self-titled debut album from BRAIN TENTACLES is a journey in improvised and structured experimental sound from three venerable scene veterans. Featuring Bruce Lamont on horns, voice, electric piano, and synth, Dave Witte on drums, and Aaron Dallison on bass, voice, and synth, Brain Tentacles sees the three-piece weaving their way through twisted, seizure-inducing compositions that call to mind the insanity of John Zorn’s storied project Naked City and Mike Patton’s most erratic experiments. The BRAIN TENTACLES collective are masters of tension with the album moving unpredictably from mathy chaos to ponderous, juddering grooves that warp time in their wake, darting from one extreme to the other via insane rhythms and truly progressive, expansive songwriting. Occasional vocals (including a guest appearance from Oxbow’s Eugene Robinson) lend an even sharper edge to the album, which is sure to blow away fans of instrumental and vocal-driven music alike. The record was produced by Sanford Parker (Minsk, Yob, etc.) and features artwork by Jef Whitehead of Leviathan!

Clrvynt issues, “This collaboration between Bruce Lamont, Dave Witte, and Aaron Dallison makes music that veers from sinewy and crushingly loud to surreal and carnival-esque and back again at breathtaking speeds. Given its members’ musical reach, though, the expansive sound heard on their self-titled debut comes as no surprise.” Stereogum observes, “Historically, most bands from this outré corner project a lot of chaos – playing crazy fast, employing gruesome free improvisation, or switching genres wholesale multiple times a song. BRAIN TENTACLES don’t do any of that; their music is largely structured, and Witte cradles the band in his mile-deep pocket instead of blasting away. Instead of raving and gibbering, they spend much of their time playing straight-ahead metal parts…with saxes instead of guitars…and a lot of psych-rock overtones.” Metal Injection hails a, “crazy, jazzy, truly experimental stab at metal that works in the most insane way,” while Two Guys Metal Reviews commends a, “cosmic journey – a journey where wrong is right and vice versa and where the rules of music break down,” adding, “Everything shatters under this band’s demented and bizarre aura. BRAIN TENTACLES have the potential to be one of the great space rock bands of their generation.”

BRAIN TENTACLES will be supporting dissonant death metal legends Gorguts and stoner/prog heavyweights Intronaut on a month-long tour of North America this coming October. The tour will kick off in Boston on October 3rd and run through October 30th. Check out a full itinerary below.


BRAIN TENTACLES w/ Gorguts, Intronaut:
10/03/2016 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
10/04/2016 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
10/05/2016 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
10/06/2016 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
10/07/2016 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/08/2016 Subterranean – Chicago, IL
10/09/2016 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
10/10/2016 The Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
10/11/2016 The Exchange – Regina, SK
10/12/2016 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
10/14/2016 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/15/2016 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
10/16/2016 Panic Room – Portland, OR
10/19/2016 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/20/2016 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
10/21/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
10/22/2016 Club Club Red – Mesa, AZ
10/24/2016 Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
10/25/2016 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
10/27/2016 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/28/2016 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
10/29/2016 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
10/30/2016 Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY