“…before attempting to correct others, make sure that you aren’t guilty of the same faults.” — Eric Plonka, SCIENTIST
With the release of their confounding 10100II00101 inching ever closer to its final descent, today Chicago-based architectural metal exhibitionists, SCIENTIST, unveil “Physician Heal Thyself,” featuring guest vocals by The Atlas Moth’s Stavros Giannopoulos, for public intoxication.
“Stavros recorded his vocals at home and turned them in on the deadline date,” recalls SCIENTIST‘s founding guitarist/vocalist Eric Plonka (ex Yakuza). “True to form, we didn’t hear his parts until the CD was finished! It’s one of our more cryptic undertakings with fuzz jutted guitars, crunchy bass and interestingly strange drum patterns. It’s built around the concept of this: before attempting to correct others, make sure that you aren’t guilty of the same faults.”
“Physician Heal Thyself” is currently monopolizing the soundwaves of Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION. Dig it.
You can also hear “The Lighthouse,” still playing at No Clean Singing at THIS LOCATION.
10100II00101 serves as SCIENTIST‘s eleven track follow-up to their lauded self-titled debut. Tracked at Minbal Studio, engineered by Sanford Parker (Minsk, Corrections House, Buried At Sea) and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room, the eclectic production boasts a variety of guest vocal appearances Andre Almarez of Pale Horseman, Anthony Cwan of Without Waves and James Clayton Bowman as well as a lap slide guitar cameo from Jeff Lyman of Dance Bullies.
As a precursor to its official unveiling, the band will play a special record release show on their home turf alongside Yakuza, Sanford Parker’s Two From The Eye and Mars Williams’ (The Psychedelic Furs) XmarsX this Saturday with additional live exhibitions in their plotting stages.
12/05/2015 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Yakuza, Two From The Eye, XmarsX [info]
SCIENTIST – featuring Plonka with guitarist/vocalist Patrick Auclair (ex Taken By The Sun), drummer Justin Cape (ex Taken By The Sun), and bassist Mathew Milligan (Making Ghosts) – draws heavily from the Windy City’s long-running tradition of experimental metal. The band members themselves describe their sound as “architectural metal.” Were listeners to ponder this description alongside the band’s sound, they would imagine twisted beams, exposed glass diagonals, and post-apocalyptic concrete blocks with a decaying skyline and crimson horizon in the distance. If SCIENTIST‘s sound is architectural, it is doubtless an experimental edifice. With their second full-length, 10100II00101, the adventurousness the band displayed on their debut album has now gone thoroughly and beautifully haywire adding guest vocalists to the mix venturing away from their mostly instrumental past.
10100II00101 will be released on CD and digitally via the band’s official BandCamp page on December 11th, 2015 and on double LP via Hell Comes Home Records at a later date.
“It’s not easy to sum up – which is a big part of its attraction. It includes angular, dissonant guitar leads; fat, fuzz-bombed bass notes; interesting, off-kilter drum rhythms; rapidly jabbing riffs; a couple of very sweet guitar solos; gossamer spinnakers of melody that catchy the wind and billow; and brute-force pounding heavy enough to fracture cement (there’s a dark undercurrent in the song from the beginning, but the blackness explodes in all its might at the end).” – No Clean Singing on first single “The Lighthouse”
“Simply stated, ‘The Lighthouse’ is bathed in dissonance. Its discordant tempo refuses to let you settle into its six minute runtime. Instead, opting to yank you through jarring drum patterns, dizzying guitar solos, and fuzzy bass. It serves as a great introductory track to an album which is exemplary in showcasing the prior endeavors of the band’s members and the overall production team…” – Metal Injection on first single “The Lighthouse”