Decibel Magazine is hosting an exclusive video premiere for “The Elusive One,” by New Jersey instrumental progressive/technical metal duo GEMATRIA.The song is found on the band’s debut LP, Gematria II: The Spindle Of Necessity, which was released at the end of September through Nefarious Industries.
GEMATRIA is the progressive/instrumental metal duo formed by Ray Suhy (Six Feet Under, Ray Suhy/Lewis Porter Quartet, ex-Cannabis Corpse, ex-East Of The Wall) and Steve Honoshowsky (Daughter Vision, Billy Martin’s Fang Percussion, No Use For Humans). Formed in 2017 out of a mutual respect for each other’s playing, a myriad of shared musical influences and a love for esoteric studies and explorations, they released their five-song eponymous debut EP in 2018.
The songs on GEMATRIA’s proper full-length, Gematria II: The Spindle Of Necessity, were composed using elements of gematria, a qabalistic numerological system of relating words to numbers, the I Ching, sacred geometry and the writings of Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare to help generate rhythmic and melodic ideas. The album presents a combination of intricate King Crimson-esque parts mixed with ambient soundscapes, blistering improvisations, and powerful drumming. The album was recorded by the band throughout 2020/2021 with the drums recorded by Adam Vaccarelli at Retromedia Sound Studios who mixed the album, and mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. The album features a guest electric flute solo on “Spindle Of Necessity” by Melissa Keeling, and a vocal choir on “Unconquered Sun” performed by Emily Grove, recorded by Steve Greenwell. The artwork was created by Steve Honoshowsky and the layout/design handled by Greg Meisenberg.
The new video for “The Elusive One” was created by GEMATRIA and Goldeman. The band wrote the song through a game of sorts, where each member challenged the other on the next phase of the song’s creation. Steve Honoshowsky reveals, “The devil is in the details, and the details are in the decimals… of the bpm. The catalyst for this ‘game piece’ was the interaction between the rhythms of the Casio PT 1 and the Realistic Concertmate 200 toy keyboards. The arrangement was constructed on the fretless bass before the rules of the game piece were delivered to Ray.”
The entire rules of the game are listed with the video’s premiere at Decibel, their accompanying piece describing how the song, “has the feel of an Adrian Belew-era King Crimson tune, with a tribal, tom-heavy rhythm; some bleep-bloop electronics providing a metronome; and Suhy’s sustain-heavy, Belew-like phrasing and runs. It’s an intriguing and interesting two-and-a-half-minute jam.”
Watch GEMATRIA’s video for “The Elusive One” first through Decibel Magazine now at THIS LOCATION.
Gematria II: The Spindle Of Necessity is out now on Transparent 8th Sphere Mercurial Orange 12” vinyl and all digital services through Nefarious Industries where several prior videos from the LP are also playing HERE.
Watch for new live dates and more to be posted over the weeks ahead.
“…a perfectly progressive blend of psychedelic riffing and mind-melting instrumentation.” – Metal Injection
“With weird synths and a heavy emphasis on odd time signatures and an energetic approach to ever-changing ideas and emotive playing, Gematria II: The Spindle Of Necessity is a strange and surreal experience. Superb clean guitar solos ebb and flow across the record from opening to close… plenty of ethereal, cosmic ideas, this experimental prog record will tick boxes for the more open minded.” – Distorted Sound Magazine