Exclusive Stream: Chaotorynth’s Axiomatic Limitation

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I first wrote about Ireland’s Chaotorynth shortly after the release of the project’s debut, Eidola Hunter. Now, just a year later, the one-man band returns with Axiomatic Limitation, 42 minutes of punishing blackened death metal. Check out our exclusive stream below.Axiomatic Limitation is an ugly album, and it embraces that fact fully. The frenetic pace kept up throughout the album adds to its dense atmosphere, one that refuses to let up even for a second. After the introductory track “Resign,” no quarter is to be found for the next 42 minutes. Axiomatic Limitation has no need for clean breaks or catchy vocal melodies or any other musical device that could offer its audience even a moment of solace.

Tracks like “Pedigree” and “Shelter” envelop their clanging blast beats with thick clouds of dissonance, expanding and contracting chords and guitar harmonies like sunlight refracting through dark clouds. Chaotorynth may not play technical death metal in any traditional sense, but to downplay the incredible instrumental skill on display throughout the album would be a travesty. Lone member Dudley Grant’s ability to teeter just on the brink of falling apart while never capsizing is reminiscent of Pyrrhon by way of Akercocke, but the control he displays is all his own.

Riffs and leads burst out as if from the ether, ignoring ideas of cohesion and focusing instead on trying to uproot the rest of the band at every turn, as seen on “Value,” where dense chords and ringing harmonics echo across incessant blast beats and rolls. Cyclical, winding riffs poke out their heads every now and then before diving back underground to build on each other in walls of noise, nearly becoming lost in their own gusts of static. The vitriol displayed is beyond potent, but the momentum it builds is not for naught: the 11-minute closer “Chaotorynth [I]” that follows manages to both summarize the strengths of the tracks it succeeds while standing taller than any of them.

Axiomatic Limitation’s greatest strength is its complete disregard for convention. Grant has created a wholly insular musical world in which the visions of others are reflected and distorted beyond recognition. Identifying a single riff or cogent idea amongst the madness is practically impossible and yet the itch to dig deeper cannot be ignored. Listening to Axiomatic Limitation is like swallowing a tennis ball covered in wasps, and yet I keep coming back and finding new aspects to praise with each listen.

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  • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

    We’re movin’ on up in the world.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Toilet ov Hell exclusive!!!!!!

    And this is just what I needed this morning. Excellent music. I can dig it.

    http://i.imgur.com/afKWF.gif

  • Is this our first Exclusive Stream, am right?!

    Kudos to the one-man band for this new piece (and also thanks for trusting in us).

    https://33.media.tumblr.com/98fada1ff0d8a483fd336f914a43c87f/tumblr_mz5oa17MxZ1rcny7ko1_500.gif

    I’m checking it.

    Thanks, C.!

  • Ooooh this is good

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Hmm, I dig. 1 man bands 4 lyfe, son.

  • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

    Yay, we’re moving on up in the blogosphere!

  • OldMetalHead

    The mellow first track really sets you up for the punishment of the second track.

  • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

    MFW when listening to an excellent album on an exclusive stream. Great work, Cristiano.

    http://i.imgur.com/LxRcq89.jpg

    • MFW listening the groovy middle section in Departing:

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

      I’m having an 8 month old yellow Lab come over this weekend for a sleep over with the option to adopt, so I’m really digging this picture.

      • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

        That’s awesome. Labs are such great dogs.

        • Scrimm

          My lab mix is the best dog I’ve ever had.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            We had an awesome black lab growing up. My favorite dog though was a mutt. We were never certain what breeds exactly, but it seemed she was part lab, part Husky, and maybe part Chow or Shar Pei.

          • Scrimm

            Mutts>>>>>

          • Lacertilian

            I had a black lab growing up too!
            Now I have heated debates with the wife about getting a dog.
            I don’t want to because it sucks when they die, and the cost.

          • cats. or tapirs if we’re being honest

          • Lacertilian

            I had a cat too.
            Domestic cats are bad, they eat native birds, frogs, lizards etc.
            Keeping endemic animals is the go.
            Although I’m open to getting a mini-pig despite the obvious human interference with natural selection.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            If mini-pigs weren’t so expensive, I can almost guarantee we’d get one.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        good stuff man good luck!

  • Celtic Frosty

    Oh shit, we’re landing exclusive streams up in here? You fancy.

  • Celtic Frosty

    Also, this is fucking sick. I REALLY like this.

    • The good news is there’s a whole other album to check out. Name your price too!
      https://chaotorynth.bandcamp.com/releases

      • Celtic Frosty

        Hey. That is good news.

      • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

        Is this on going up for sale on banditcamp at some point?

        • Yeah, I don’t know the exact release date yet but this one will also be going up for name your price (or free) download some time soon.

      • “Inspired by the epic Shadow of the Colossus. The lyrics describe killing
        seven vivid beasts (Eidola) and assimilating the unique power provided.
        “Journeys” are a time to reflect and recuperate while travelling
        between battles”.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          I dig this music so far but I can’t get behind video game-inspired albums, it’s exponentially geeky.

          • Beep beep, you’re a robot! You’re geek by nature.

            Joking! But, hey, the entire concept of that game is very cool.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Shadows of the Colossus! >>>>>>>>>>

          • It’s one of those concepts that I love: the premise is very very very simple, but the artistic directions is what makes it magical. The illustration work and the music really helps it.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I’m a cybernetic organism, living tissue over metal endoskeleton. A robot is something that builds cars and can’t do this.

            http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m32s695afV1qzdf0go1_500.gif

          • Herr Schmitty

            Clearly you’ve never played Shadow of the Colossus. It merits its own soundtrack, to be sure. Concept albums, etc. It’s brutal as hell.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Nah I’ve seen it, it’s an awesome game, but it doesn’t need a metal tribute album.

          • The Beargod

            All good games need a metal tribute album.

          • Still waiting on the Katamari Damacy tribute record.

          • Herr Schmitty

            I’m getting real close to devoting my life to the Cult of the Beargod.

          • The Beargod

            As you should.
            *a strange warmth emanates throughout body <3 *

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            That cult is gonna end up like Jonestown.

          • The Beargod

            As all good cults do. Dying>>>>>

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Alright, maybe this one could benefit from an HD remake with a metal soundtrack.

            http://gamesdbase.com/Media/SYSTEM/Arcade/Title/big/Rampage-_World_Tour_-_1997_-_Midway_Games.jpg

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            I can get behind this. Also, I wish they would make a modern Rampage game. Picture a sand-box free-roaming world where you’re a giant monster. Similar to the Hulk games, the more destruction you cause, the harder the military will hound you.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Sounds cool. No story mode, just pure endless destruction.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            There could be a very loose campaign, but the focus would be on sheer destruction. They’d have to implement battles with other monsters too. And have you power up by eating nuclear reactors or something.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Level 1: Destroy the MetalSucks Mansion!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Level 2: Eat all the tapirs!

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            I would think the tapirs would be poisonous.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Smashing a BDubs triples your score.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Level 3: Fight M Shadows!

          • Grand Theft Auto but you are Godzilla.

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            I also love this idea.

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            I love that idea.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            You love it so much that you had to state it twice?

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            Yes. I loved these games so much as a kid.

          • In this case, it isn’t a “tribute” from what I’m seeing. He just took some parts of the concept and reinterpreted, as far as I understood.

          • I hope he doesn’t mind my quoting him, but he had this to say about this album:
            “Lyrics this time are more serious, but not that important to me. Topics include academia, suicide, death everyone thought was temporary sickness, hating overhearing small talk on the bus with psychotic passion, and how pedigree dogs are mutants of forced incest.”

          • Lacertilian

            I like these topics, especially the last one.

          • Chaotorynth

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedigree_Dogs_Exposed
            If you’re interested in seeming some fucked up shit. It’s a little preachy, though. Song lyrics dismally end about the choice of a morality system being “arbitrary.”

          • Guest

            …says a robit who’s never played Shadow of the Colossus.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I don’t care.

          • Chaotorynth

            disclaimer:
            I’m not trying to argue with your opinion, but if you’d like additional information, here you go.

            The lyrics were an after thought after all the music was done. Frankly, I think anything close to poetry is a pretty shite place to discuss complicated ideas so just wanted some imagery behind it.
            See Dirac’s opinion on poetry and you’ll see mine on lyrics.

            I prefer the second album to the first, subjective as fuck though.

            Also, as a mathematical fuck seeing that usage of “exponential”:
            TRIGGERED

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Hey man, first off thanks for visiting Toilet Ov Hell! I think your music is superbadasscool and I’ve already added your album to my weekend to-listen list.

            Regarding the video game album thing, I didn’t even bother to give it a listen first because 1) I suck, and 2) I’m not really a video game guy so I have a knee-jerk disgust reaction to game worship, what with the whole gamergate shit and every time I login to youtube I’m inundated with billions of Minecraft Lets Plays. It’s just not my thing.

            Seriously though, it’s only my crappy cyborg opinion and I realize I’m in the minority here, no offense intended. I’m in a particularly corrosive mood after this week, so it’s probably best just to ignore me for awhile. I’ll be in a better mood next week if I can manage to locate Sarah Connor.

          • Chaotorynth

            I think if you and I had a competition to be the most apologetic we would die before it ended. You didn’t offend me, Mr. Cyborg, I was just abusing your comment as a cheeky opportunity to get out Dirac’s opinion on poetry! Your site is awesome!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Thanks bro, now let’s raise a pint and rock

      • Dean the P.I. Staker

        Do you think Invictus Productions would have any interest in picking these guys up and pressing some of this stuff to CD/vinyl? With their sound/style and the Ireland connection, you would think this would be a no-brainer. I’d shoot him an email, but he must have heard of these guys by now (beyween

      • Celtic Frosty

        This one’s really good, too. It took me a couple of songs to start feeling it, though, so he’s definitely improved with the new one. I felt that shit immediately.

        • Yeah, I reeeeeeally dug the first one when it came out (hence my urging everybody not to miss it) but from the first song I heard off this one (Value) it was clear EVERYTHING had been improved on. The production’s clearer, the performances are tighter, the songwriting is more focused…definitely a huge improvement.

          • Chaotorynth

            Interestingly some of my friends said they preferred the first because it was “easier.” Which is very understandable, as the second could be too complicated to be worth it.

            I agree with you about the second being better, but I’ve had it beaten into my brain so many times that it’s more familiar than human conversation.

  • PUNCH EVERYTHING!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Toilet Ov Hell | Punch Everything ©

    • Guacamole Jim

      The groove he goes into right at the end of the song just nailed it.

    • Dagon

      I wish I could make an animated XXL way oversized t-shirt.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • The Beargod

    Yeahh. It’s neat.

    • The Beargod

      “Departing” is pretty siqqnast-ey.

  • Stockhausen

    This is my kind of nasty.

  • I wasn’t going to listen until I saw it was exclusive, jumping in now!

  • by Satan, this rules!! that last track, “ima end this album with a 10 minute drum solo”… brilliant!

    • Chaotorynth

      Cheers. That one, perhaps obviously, was a giant risk. Took fucking eons to write.

  • OldMetalHead

    Totally unrelated, but my colleague is currently on a business trip in Taiwan. Picture is from a restaurant in Taipei called The Modern Toilet

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

      That golden toilet looks familiar.

      • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

        They only move that in there on Tuesdays.

  • The dissonant aspect of this is a nice touch. Hearing a Gorguts and Immolation influence on these tracks. Props to Christian for hooking this up.

    • Chaotorynth

      Spot on with the Gorguts!

  • what’s the release date on this monster?

    • The Beargod

      There’s no such thing.

    • I’m not sure yet, I imagine some time next week though.

    • Chaotorynth

      Now O’Clock.

  • I would say that the dissonance, start/stop rhythms, seemingly random progressions both hurt and help this album. Definitely seems to require a few active listens to really get into, but I imagine would be quite rewarding.

    Production is ace

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      I like the added complexity. Moar complexity!

    • Chaotorynth

      I agree entirely. Thanks for your honesty.

  • Stunning album.

  • JWG

    I can’t quite get my groove on to this. But I dig it anyway.
    http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgvvc5gmXG1qh59n0o1_500.gif

    • Chaotorynth

      Just listen to Chatorynth [I] about four to five thousand times and you’ll be fine, m8.

  • Chaotorynth

    First of all. Thanks guys, and thanks to Christian especially. You wouldn’t believe the bullshit he’s had to put up with!

    Now to whine artistically.

    Randall Thor commented:
    “I would say that the dissonance, start/stop rhythms, seemingly random progressions both hurt and help this album.” (and a bit more, I don’t mean to misquote you)

    That was/is my primary “worry.” I can basically hum all of “Chaotorynth [I]” from memory after being exposed to it so much over the past months, so it is hard to be objective about what a first listen is like. Though I have vague memories of “What the hell am I thinking?!” There is a very distinct “Fuck it” point when you reach 5 minutes of insanity.

    The feeling of listening to any new album for the first time is different to when your brain has already absorbed it, so it is hard to weigh pros and cons. I kinda “wish” I didn’t know it all “off-by-heart” because it loses some of the “chaos” when you already know it, but it’s also nice to be able to headbang to it.

    Realistically, there is a significant chance this fails or becomes a “once off” album.
    It’s impossible to feel satisfied. Hopefully reality will provide the chance to continue working on something better. I can’t imagine it getting LESS insane though. Even if it would almost objectively sound better, once you pop ear drums with time signature rape – you don’t stop.

    Anyone who checked it out – regardless of whether it flaoted your boat or not – cheers. For any new artist it is incredibly surprising and motivating to find the amount of people who explore completely unheard of artists. Seriously. Thanks.

    • thank you for sharing it with us! m/

    • Relax. You made something. Then you put it out there. Most people never do either, let alone both. The quality and integrity of vision shine through, man. Cheers back at you.

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      MOAR INSANITY! This album was a tasty treat.

    • As someone who writes music, I applaud how intricate and ambitious your music is. I know just writing basic speed/power metal, I throw in a few tiny parts and get really excited when people notice them.

      You on the other hand, basically wrote an entire album of tiny exciting parts strung together in a chaotic web of noise, riffs, and death.

      Don’t change 🙂

  • Lacertilian

    This is nice, thanks @christianmolenaar:disqus and also @chaotorynth:disqus.
    My Irish heritage makes me even more accepting of this offering.