The artificial intelligence singularity draws one step closer with today’s exclusive track premiere. I am pleased as all hell to bring you “Static Shattering,” the third track on weird death masters Artificial Brain‘s highly anticipated sophomore release, Infrared Horizon, the follow-up to 2014’s ToH Community Album of the Year, Labyrinth Constellation.
If you read Stockhausen’s excellent review of Infrared Horizon earlier this week and walked away with your hands in the pockets of your Adidas tracksuit pants, grumbling to yourself about your concerns over words like “space” and “texture,” let me assuage your fears. This song RIPS! “Static Shattering” opens amid a frenetic eruption of blasts and clanging, banging basslines (courtesy of human excavator Samuel Smith) and an incendiary solo (also courtesy Sam) while a fiery riff combo threatens to burn Gargiulo’s and Zalman’s fingers to the bone. And it would, if they didn’t have robot fingers. That’s the only possible explanation for the inhuman assault of slamming death metal riffs and meteoric tremolo on display in this track.
“Static Shattering is the kind of track with staying power, that rare hybrid of technical proficiency and catchy songwriting that makes you want to keep digging beneath the rusted metal carapace while you stab repeat over and over again, unaware that you too are wearing your fingers to the bone in the process. Thankfully, the mechanized, impossibly precise drumming from Keith Abrami has you covered, and by the end of the track, you’ll be more than willing to shed your frail mortal coil and submit your consciousness to the cybernetic collective while Will Smith officiates your final baptism into a pit of boiling pitch with his tar-gurgling alien overlord growls.
Those insane fills at 3:05. That solo at 1:25. Those stomach-turning, G-Force inducing growls at 2:10. That trem at 1:05. All delivered as devastating hooks that ensure that this song will be lodged in your brain like some sort of extraterrestrial lobotomy device. This song is as addicting as fossil fuels and equally as destructive to our Anthropocene environment, and I can’t wait to hear the rest of this album.