Baring Teeth Want You to Ascend the Mountain of Enlightenment

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You guys, I’m super duper excited for November. Why, you ask? No, it’s not because of Thanksgiving or pumpkin spice lattes or whatever else you regular lifelovers dig about Fall. I’m excited because orthogonality-defying death metal maestros Baring Teeth are returning to the front with the next brain-blending lesson in skronky music for aliens and beings that exist on a higher plane.

Wait wait wait? You’ve never heard of Baring Teeth? Well fret not, stranger, because up until recently, I hadn’t either. These Dallas deviants (previously known as Soviet) seem to have flown under the radar for quite a few of us, and that’s an absolute shame because they’re good. Very good. Their 2011 debut, Atrophy, was a jarring, angular tour de force that masterfully predated many of the other bands of this style by quite some time. It seems that Baring Teeth were ahead of the extra-dimensional game, but the sonic residue of their emergence into our unworthy plane of existence has left a rather singular fist print on the subconscious minds of receptive souls. This band definitely forms a link in the evolutionary chain of bizarro death metal somewhere between Gorguts and Pyrrhon, and they definitely deserve to be whispered of in the same hushed tones of exaltation.

Ever since I first discovered Atrophy, I’ve been listening to it on repeat. Rare is the album that captivates me so intensely and compels me to slavishly pore over every multifaceted element. Every listen to this monster of an album is like adding a slightly greater load to your elastic perception of reality; the structures of your consciousness stress and bend ever so slightly with each repeat, but for all its brutality and dissonance, Atrophy is never fatiguing. The unpredictable, jarring snaps in rhythm, angular, bouncy riffs, and serpentine drum patterns coil and seethe in a wholly entrancing way, elevating your soul closer and closer to transcendentalism while utterly eschewing tedium. My one regret for 2011 was that I missed this album when it dropped. Perhaps I would have chosen to reject this mortal coil and taken up the life of a shaman waiting patiently upon the mountain of enlightenment had I listened to “Vestigal Birth” and “Scarred Fingertips” earlier.

So, if you’re just now discovering Baring Teeth, rejoice, for the second revelation is upon us. Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins will descend from the heavenly realms into our lowly ears on November 25th courtesy of Willowtip. Our skronk gurus have even deigned to bless us with an advanced track from the new album, and let me tell you, it is going to bore into your pineal gland and pry open your third eye, like it or not. Listen to Mountain and join me in rapture upon the slopes of skronk come November 25th. You can pre-order the album here and check out their bandcamp here.

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  • Metaphysical Anus

    This is good stuff right here. November is truly a good month, except for my birthday being there.

    • W.

      Happy early birthday! By the way, how cold does it get there in November?

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Thank you. Early November usually isn’t that cold. It will be a lot colder later on. Usually the coldest temperatures here are around -35°C to -45°C.

        • Beunhaas

          Fuck that’s cold.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You kind of get used to it while living here. I happen to absolutely love winter.

    • Bözlinger©

      where you at?

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I’m in my house.

        • Bözlinger©

          nice one, funny guy

          • Metaphysical Anus

            It wasn’t a joke, mate. I’m inside my house.

          • Beunhaas

            are you?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Wait, are you questioning my existence?

          • Beunhaas

            Maybe.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I may or may not exist. I may be a dog. I may be a worm. I may be you.

          • Beunhaas

            You’re an asshole.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Well then so are you, for I am you.
            I’m sorry.

          • Beunhaas

            Maybe we all are you without knowing it.

          • As if this guy needed solipsism as another reason to talk.
            (luv u MA)

          • Bözlinger©

            welcome back to pre school

          • Metaphysical Anus

            This is the internet, my good sir. The pre school is on the opposite side of the street.

          • Bözlinger©

            Finland?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Yes?

          • Tyree

            This thread just happened.

          • Beunhaas

            Did it?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Do you have to question the existence of everything?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            It sure did.

          • KJM

            The magical, mythical country of Finland. You can go there if you clap your hands three times.

          • Stockhausen

            Do ya mean it, mister?

          • KJM

            It’s all possible if you just Believe!

          • Stockhausen

            Well now I have a Josh Groban song stuck in my head. Didn’t expect that from a Baring Teeth post.

    • October and November are going to absolutely obliterate my wallet.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        At least October is going to do that to me as well.

        • For a while it was just October but then a bunch of the games that were coming out got pushed back into November. So, in a way it’s probably a bit easier on my wallet.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I just pre-ordered that Scott Walker/Sunn collaboration.

          • Thanks to Tyree I have like a trillion things on my bandcamp wishlist

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I am anxiously waiting for the possibility to pre-order that new BAN album.

          • Tyree

            You are welcome.

          • 😀

    • but that’s my favorite part of the month

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I hate my birthdays.

        • which birthday will this one be?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            It will be my… You slippery fox!

          • ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

          • M Shadows!

            You continue to seem like a stupid!

            -M Shadows!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Dude, you’re so rude.

          • M Shadows!

            I am sorry, I went to Metalsucks first this morning and it has ruined my whole morning.

            -M Shadows!

          • No worries, that site rustles all our jimmies. Stop making shitty music also.

  • Bözlinger©

    Nice. but update the mix, duders!

  • Tyree

    Definitly Gorgutzy sounding. The guitar playing really reminds me of Dysrhythmia’s playing style a lot.

    • W.

      Yep. Those two influences are pretty evident. The thing about Atrophy though is how thoroughly it hooked me. I kept listening on repeat, and I don’t do that often.

      • Tyree

        It’s like a milder Gorguts. It’s kind of soft which is weird in a good way though. I think the heavy drums over the more jazzy guitar makes it that way because the guitars really are not too heavy sounding but every thing else is.

        • W.

          The drums are tasteful but don’t really batter you down. They just kind of coil and slither behind the guitars and accent rather than drive the riffs.

          • Tyree

            For sure. This has to be difficult to pull off live.

          • W.

            I have a lot of respect for drummers who can rein themselves in and serve the song rather than just blast through the whole way. Danny Walker is a good example of a drummer who accents the song rather than overpowering it.

          • Tyree

            Danny Walker is one of my favorites. I do like when he can just unleash the blast though. Murder Construct and Exhumed are good examples of his tight blasting.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuovA5Szyew

          • Stockhausen

            And he tracked the new Job For A Cowboy, and then totally dials it back for Intronaut. He’s awesome.

          • Tyree

            Job For A Cowboy is still a thing?

          • One more reason we still don’t have new Cephalic Carnage 🙁

          • Tyree

            This went over my head, lol. I don’t follow JFAC at all and I haven’t been following CC for some time now.

          • Tyree

            That’s lame.

            Cephalic Carnage >>>>>>>>> Job For a Cowboy

          • A couple years ago I saw Between the Buried and Me with The Ocean and both CC and JFAC opened. It was funny seeing Nick go onstage with the former and totally shred it then go back on just to play some breakdowns and chuggy riffs right after, lol. This local band opened:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxiFL9C5q30

          • Tyree

            LOLZ

          • W.

            I didn’t know they shared members.

          • Scrimm

            Unfortunately. One more reason I hate Arizona.

          • Bunk Moreland

            i’ve always liked them. they’re not breaking much ground, but they’re solid and consistent. Demonocracy has some insane leads and solos

          • Tyree

            Jamie Saint Merat from Ulcerate is a perfect example. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjX2AzMVh_A

          • W.

            Ooh yah!

          • Tyree

            It’s scary and depressing how good he is at drumming.

          • W.

            Ya know, I think I preferred Destroyers of All to Vermis.

          • Tyree

            Agreed! Destroyers was just a beast of an album. Vermis was good but that production was so cringe worthy.

          • Stockhausen

            Aww, I liked the sound. It felt super angry and raw, but it definitely didn’t help you figure out what was happening. Destroyers is definitely better though.

          • Tyree

            Yeah, I sort of feel you need to hear the details in Ulcerate’s playing.

          • Stockhausen

            I really did too. I love the sound of Vermis, but it all sort of mushed together.

          • Edward Meehan

            It’s like we have the same mind.

          • W.

            When I look up at the moon at night, I know you’re looking at it too.

            It’ll be interesting to know how much overlap our year end lists have.

          • Tyree

            I’m looking forward to seeing our year end lists. I’m not looking forward to putting mine together though.

          • Edward Meehan

            Tyree I’ll be so impressed when you cut yours to ten.

          • Tyree

            Me to man. Me too.

          • Edward Meehan

            Well we know two for sure. Actually other than that I’m not sure, since we have been talking today I think I thought of three more very likely candidates that I dunno if you’re into as much.

          • W.

            It will definitely be interesting to see. My middle ground of likelies keeps growing and fighting for dominance.

          • Edward Meehan

            I’m gonna try to listen to Atrophy today.

          • W.

            Do iiiitttt

          • Edward Meehan

            Oh, look, I found a little time. Doing chores, packing, broke out my nice home stereo for the first time in forever.

          • Scrimm

            So do I. I like it a lot more.

          • Scrimm

            That guy is amazing.

          • Bunk Moreland

            yesyesyesyesyesyesyes

          • Stockhausen

            Danny Walker is the man, and a super nice dude.

          • Tyree

            He looks really short too. Is he?

          • W.

            He is. I’ve seen Intronaut a couple times, and he’s a little dude. Super nice, though. I felt bad fro Intronaut the first time I saw them because there were only about 20 people there.

          • Tyree

            Bummer, was this when they first started out?

          • W.

            No, this was summer 2013. Granted, the only other non-local band that played was Scale the Summit. I talked to Sacha after the BTBAM and Deafheaven show earlier this year, and he seemed happy there were way more people in attendance.

          • Gurp

            I saw Intronaut open for Animals As Leaders and Meshuggah.
            They got a crowd their, for sure.

          • W.

            The local scene here is pretty dead during the summer because a huge chunk of our population is college kids. The rest of the people who go to metal shows are more the nu metal and redneck crowd.

          • Gurp

            Ah, so only the classiest people left in town while all the college kids are out on break?

          • W.

            You bet.

          • Stockhausen

            Quite short.

          • Bunk Moreland

            as someone who doesn’t play drums, and therefore has an uneducated appreciation for the art…
            i’ve always loved Sean Reinert. i think he would fit your category too; but i could be wrong.

          • W.

            Oh yah, most definitely. Just look at the night and day difference between old and new Cynic. he can definitely play in a way to suit the tone of the song.

  • Stockhausen

    I’m going to whisper “Baring Teeth” all day in a hushed, reverent tone. Can’t wait for this mess of a beautiful album.

    • W.

      Glad you dig, Stocky. I’m also glad Boy Wonder told me about these guys.

      • Stockhausen

        I need to buy Atrophy, I hate not having stuff when I’m away from wifi.

        • W.

          I think Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins is very likely to wind up on my year end list.

          • Beunhaas

            Judging by the song posted, I think it will also be on mine.

          • W.

            It’ll fit in there nicely with Artificial Brain and Pyrrhon.

          • Beunhaas

            And about fifty other albums.

          • Stockhausen

            Absolutely. I love how messy and raucous it sounds while being simultaneously tight and dialed in.

          • Edward Meehan

            … in the top ten?

          • W.

            Yessir!

          • Edward Meehan

            I was very confident I had the majority of my top ten locked down, but, with some of the late year released I am expecting, I have become… afraid.

          • W.

            There was some stuff I was almost certain was going to make it, like Ageless Oblivion, but I think Baring Teeth could displace them :/

          • Edward Meehan

            I have three or four locked in no matter what else happens. That number was like six earlier…

          • W.

            Basically the same for me. Artificial Brain, Pyrrhon, and Torrential Downpour are going nowhere.

          • Edward Meehan

            My three are Pyrrhon, Artificial Brain, and Gridlink.

            By the way, I’m about to play this song for the second time while I pack for this vacation. I’M NOT WORKING RIGHT NOW.

          • W.

            Have a good vacation. I’m on another repeat of Atrophy.

          • This makes my heart happy.

          • W.

            I can’t stop listening to it. It keeps pulling me back.

          • Scrimm

            NICE! I leave Friday morning for mine.

          • Edward Meehan

            Where are you headed? I’m going from Minnesota to Arizona.

          • Scrimm

            AH you’re coming here!! I’m going from AZ to California.

          • Edward Meehan

            Ha, yeah, I have a few friends that live out there so I am coming to hang out for the long weekend. What are you doing in California, plus which part? Lots of stuff in California.

          • Scrimm

            Nice. I’m going to Burbank for the Monsterpalooza convention.

          • W.

            Have fun, doooood.

          • Scrimm

            Oh I will. I can’t believe I’m going to see the whole cast of Phantasm. So glad the tall man is still with us and well enough to be there.

      • W, tell me you’re familiar with Gigan and Dodecahedron.

        • W.

          You bet. Dodecahedron is an absolute killer of otherworldly metal, and I mentioned Gigan right here on the Toilet in my Kaiju post.

    • Dëpütÿ Dïpshït

      ….(greatwhitebuffalo)….

      • guy on a buffalo

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Guy holding a pumpkin spice latte on a buffalo baring teeth

        • Jormungandr

          I forgot about that glorious piece of music

      • W.

        …(greatwhitebuffalobaringteeth)…

        • Dëpütÿ Dïpshït

          Greetings, Flushketeers! I come Baring Teeth!

  • Its like if Gigan and Artificial Brain had a baby

  • Randall Thor
    • That’s actually me. I can see how you might mistake my glorious locks for a woman’s, and the yoga pants are my jammies…

      • W.

        Now I can’t stop picturing you in yoga pants. I’ll… allow it.

    • the yoga pants part turned this from funny to hawt.
      bro-fist

      • CyberneticOrganism

        bro

    • Is she the type that shouldn’t be wearing yoga pants and does anyway, or purposely wears them to torture nearby men? This is important.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I, uh… need to try this. For science.

      • Tyree

        Good call, me too BRAH!

  • Dëpütÿ Dïpshït

    There’s some stank on this, and I mean that in the most exquisitely, sexy, aural way.

    • Stockhausen

      Especially sexy.

    • W.

      It’s so good.

  • crazytaco_12

    I suppose people would classify this as technical/progressive metal, but this sound is so unique and so many bands have already hopped aboard, it seems there really should be some new terminology or something developed for this style of metal. Just a thought.

    • W.

      The term skronk gets thrown around for that sound, but yah, I think a different term from tech-death is appropriate. I’m a fan of Non-Euclidean, but that is a bit unwieldy.

      • Scrimm

        Somehow I knew you’d like the term Non-Euclidean.

        • W.

          My inner enginerd is showing.

      • Edward Meehan

        dissonant tech death?

        • W.

          Yah, that could work too.

      • crazytaco_12

        I’m hoping “skronk” doesn’t stick, I’d feel like an idiot saying it

  • Mother Shabubu III

    I love Baring Teeth. For once, it’s a great name for a band too.

    • W.

      I like the name too.