Premiere: Nyn – “The Apory of Existence”

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If you’re in the middle of something when you’re planning on listening to this, set it aside. This one demands your focus.

Let’s cut straight to the chase: NYN is not a band for the faint of heart. Anyone familiar with their past works knows that it’s dense material, but I’d wager even that hasn’t prepared you for what you’re about to hear. Take the speed and technical aptitude of Archspire, mix it with the ever-shifting structure and wall-of-sound approach of Jugurtha, mix in some keyboards, and you might be close to a decent description of “The Apory of Existence.” Fortunately, if you need help navigating the chaos, we have a playthrough video for a little visual assistance. Let’s get to it; there’s a lot to unpack here.

At its core, NYN’s music is still the same: super-fast nine-string(!) guitar riffing interwoven with a barrage of sweeps and tapped fills that can span the breadth of the fretboard in as little as a single measure. There are a number of new elements present here, however, most noticeably in the presence of keyboards. Formerly a solo act, Noyan Tokgözoğlu has recruited the considerable talents of keyboardist Jimmy Pitts and guitarist Tom Geldschläger for Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt. The effect of those keys is impressive; whether they’re simply supporting the melodies with choirs and strings or doubling and harmonizing with the guitars, they give significant body to the music with a variety of voices in multiple registers. Jimmy takes a couple solos as well, shredding as readily and easily as his string-slinging counterparts.

The song structure and overall complexity of the riffs has also been stepped up; quite the feat, given that that has always been a major focus of their music. “Apory” opens up with a blistering Phrygian Dominant riff accompanied by big, dramatic chords. This sets up the overarching themes of the song: super fast, nasty, and constantly in motion. It quickly morphs into a tremolo riff on the lower strings that climbs up through a diminished scale run into descending arpeggios with a massive string skip back to the root. Even following along knowing exactly what’s happening musically, the fluidity and accuracy of these motions blows my mind; this is the sort of thing I love to watch as a guitarist. I’m also a fan of the subtle change-ups in the second time through this particular passage, rewarding those paying close attention.

A set of oddly happy-sounding chords, some meaty low-end tremolo riding, and a rather unconventional fill later, we’re hit with a rhythmically abstruse passage ascending into a key change. This sets up the most “normal” part of the song, as the melodies take on a pretty standard Middle Eastern flavor. It’s easy to follow, even through a downwards shift in tempo, but it doesn’t last long. The keys become the driving force over the next few measures, the leads being the closest thing to a guidepost you’ll get as the time signature and tempo dissolve and reform over the next few measures. You’re eventually granted a reprieve as it all comes together in a laid-back (relatively speaking) tremolo segment. Even the manic vocals back off into surprisingly mild singing, coming to a full-on break.

This is where things get weird.The synths fade to the background, taking on an airy quality while making way for what I can really only describe as a demented surf rock riff. Clean guitar takes over, though it remains as hyperactive as ever. These ethereal keys and psychotic Dick Dale-style riffs back modulated spoken word before the distortion kicks back on and we’re hit with a bouncy Eastern European theme (I’m thinking Turkish feel, but I’m probably wrong). Odd as it is, it’s also my favorite part of the song; it comes out of nowhere and sounds so different, but it fits so well I can’t help but bounce back and forth like an idiot when it comes around.

From here, the song takes a thematic shift back to something closer to the beginning, though somehow more fervent. It builds up to an absolutely obscene solo from Tom; while it might not be his most complex, it’s easily one of the most alien-sounding solos he’s written. One more blindingly fast guitar passage later and we are brought to the conclusion by one last keyboard solo.

Apologies for the wall of text, but as I said, there’s a lot to unpack with this song. NYN have once again made something wholly unique, and Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt is poised to be a standout album this year. Look for the full album on August 11th; drop a preorder at their Bandcamp, and follow them on Facebook for more extended-range shenanigans.

  • Lacertilian

    NONE. MOAR. TECH.

  • Doc Torluv
  • GL

    10/agressivefarting/10

    • Howard Dean

      Where did your “aggressivefarting/10” comment go, GL?

      • Jack Bauer

        He took some Gas-x

      • GL
        • Howard Dean

          “This’ll be funny”

          [inserts fart joke about over-the-top band]

          [other people start praising band]

          “Hmmm…”

          [edits fart joke comment to praise for band]

          • Jack Bauer

            Maybe he had a change of heart halfway through the song or something. Who cares? Everyone has different tastes. Go to NCS and listen to the new Undergang album.That’s what I’m doin.

          • Doc Torluv
          • Howard Dean

            I’m the old dude spraying the hose. Called it first!

          • drug_genosh

            just here to say thanks for the Undergang! been looking for this

          • GL

            I decided to take the high road. Maybe we could all do that from time to time.

          • Jack Bauer
          • Howard Dean

            You would’ve taken the high road by sticking to your guns. It’s OK to laugh at things that are over-the-top. People do it all the time with the uber-serious “evil” black and death metal segment. Ridiculous tech death isn’t immune just because other people seem to like it.

          • Jack Bauer

            I think you’re reading too much into this. It’s a more or less meaningless internet comment man. You should probably listen to the new Undergang.

          • Howard Dean

            I didn’t read into anything. It happened right before my eyes so I mentioned it.

          • Jack Bauer

            It’s a figure of speech lol

          • Howard Dean

            What’s a figure of speech? If you mean “reading too much into this,” then yes, I am aware that it is an idiom used to imply that someone is presuming or inferring something erroneously. So my response still stands: I didn’t read into anything. I literally just narrated what had actually transpired.

          • Howard Dean

            inb4 “lol you just take this too seriously everyone is always joking except when they’re not go listen to undergang lol”

          • Jack Bauer

            My point still stands as well, regardless of idioms or undergangs

          • Howard Dean

            Which point still stands? The “reading too much into this” point was refuted and the “it’s a figure of speech lol” wasn’t a point, at all.

          • Jack Bauer

            That it’s a meaningless internet comment

          • Howard Dean

            Which one was meaningless, GL’s first comment about aggressive farting or his comment that he’s taking the high road? I agree that almost all comments on the internet (and in real life, for that matter) are meaningless, but that doesn’t stop all of us from continuing to converse with each other.

  • Jack Bauer

    HE SAID ARCHSPIRE

    • GL

      I really like that teaser from last week. I am ready for more!

      • Jack Bauer

        ME TOOSPIRE!

  • Jack Bauer

    There’s too much going on here for a 7 minute song IMO.

  • Howard Dean

    Shredding virtuoso but can’t write a memorable riff to save his life.

    This is why I can never get into a band like this. If I were a guitarist, maybe I could grasp and/or appreciate the shredding skill and handwork (huehue, he said ‘handwork’)–probably in the same way I can appreciate the skills of the guy who is the fastest cup stacker in the world, or that dude who did a marathon on a pogo stick.

    • The Arm(KJM)

      Gimme a memorable 2-3 note riff over guitar wankery anyday.

      • GL

        GET OUTTA HERE YA JAKE E. LEE LOVING SONOFAGUN

        • Howard Dean

          3aggressivefarting5me

        • The Arm(KJM)

          Nah, ya mook! There’s a yuge difference between a solo here and there and “songs” that are just one big solo.

          • GL

            Had to look up what a “mook” was.

          • The Arm(KJM)
          • GL

            Do people really use that word? Or is it just a movie thing?

          • The Arm(KJM)

            That’s the only place I’ve heard/seen the word used.

          • GL

            Didn’t know if that was a “Boston” thing. Or.. I guess an east coast thing. Interesting.

  • Joaquin Stick

    I’m willing to bet this guy knows how to play guitar. At least the basics. Shit’s intense. The guest solos kinda feel shoehorned in there, but it’s a good.

  • JWG

    Is NYN pronounced “Nin” or “Nine” or “Nyan” (like the Cat, I guess) or “Noyan” even though the vowels are missing (except Y, which I’m led to believe sometimes counts)?

  • GoatForest

    Hey, did the podcast not come out this week, or am I just oblivious?

    • It’s up! Check the site or iTunes.

      • GoatForest

        Thanks.

    • Lacertilian

      If you mean the TovH podcast, it’s probably moving to become a Wednesday feature.

      • Oh I didn’t know you guys had one as well! I thought it was about the Heavy Blog podcast that I’m on 🙂 maybe we should collab one of these days

        • Spear

          Sounds like I’ve got another podcast to start listening to.

      • GoatForest

        Ah.

  • Love it! Gee-tar skillz out the wazoo / 10

  • Count_Breznak

    Missed opportunity: Needs way more bloom and lenseflares.

    • Will take into consideration for the next video

  • Spear

    This song is nuts, and I love it (in case I hadn’t made that entirely clear). Really looking forward to the whole album.

    • This song is a fucking TRIP but I hope the whole album is paced well, I feel like I needed to towel myself off after just that one song.

  • Tasmanian Devil

    “It quickly morphs into a tremolo riff on the lower strings that climbs
    up through a diminished scale run into descending arpeggios with a
    massive string skip back to the root.”

    BBLLLAAAFFFRRTTTEEEGGGGHHHRRRARRRRR!!!!!

    TAZ NOT KNOW WHAT THAT MEAN {-[

    BBBLLLLUURRRGGGGBRTBRTBRTBRTBRT!!!!!

    • Howard Dean

      A Tasmanian Devil gimmick is a little unnecessary when we’ve got GORAK around.

      You should’ve gone with the wrestler Tazz, instead:

      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/Tazz_2.jpg

      • Tasmanian Devil

        BBBLLLEEERGGGGOOOOBRTBRTBRTBRT!!!!!

        TAZ BEEN ROUND LONGER THAN CAVEMAN FAMILY!!!!

        TAZ EAT WRESTLER TAZZ FOR BREAKFAST!!!!

        PLTPLTPLTPLTPLPTBRTBRTBRTBRT!!!!

  • Hans

    Is this what’s called a “musician’s musician”? This is doing my head in.
    I’ll check back when he plays three-chord songs in a crusty punk band, like the Kung Fu master who never uses his skills.

  • Jimmy Pitts

    Thanks for the excellent and detailed write up! We worked extremely hard on this album, and Noyan is a wizard.

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  • Holy cannoli this is intense. Digging it a lot, needed a good dose of tech death!

  • drug_genosh

    what in the fucking fuck. holy fuck!

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