Geryon bassist/vocalist Nick McMaster and drummer Lev Weinstein are best known for their work as the rhythm section for Krallice. But in Geryon they are the only members. That's correct. This project is a bass and drum only musical connection. While being touted as death metal, their self-titled release is tied to the conventions of genre by the thinnest of threads, namely Weinstein's incessant percussion and McMaster's forceful roar loaded with the intent to stun. The bulk of Geryon then is left to wild experimentalism and atonality.
Nothing is straightforward as chaos in its many forms reigns supreme. Shades of malice rise and fall, curling around thick and skronky bass lines. At times everything sounds at odds with everything else, as if two (or more) forces desperately attempt to follow their own circuitous paths yet find themselves pulled together if only momentarily. It's as if some powerful entity is continually smashing together malleable forms of sound like neutrons in the LHC and interpreting the results like a twisted auditory Rorschach test.
One feels the need to continually look over their shoulder as a deep background and off-kilter timing keep the listener off balance creating a feeling of dread and paranoia. McMaster spins those webs of deceit while Weinstein's percussion keeps the mind rooting in the present, preventing the tendency to drift off to places unknown.
The bass growls like a beast while the pull-offs poke and provoke, sending the consciousness into headlong flight. Wide-eyed and with reckless abandon, the listener is chased towards the abyss, pushed over the edge by waves of crashing malevolence. Thrashed and broken, falling to unfathomable depths into an obsidian pool. Sinking deeper and deeper inward, space and time are warped around quasi-theoretical frequencies until being swallowed by Geryon's vast vision, decadently rich in darkness.
Geryon is demented and misdirecting, tossing the listener around effortlessly, lifting and dropping, squeezing and releasing. Dark flames burn slow and hot, leaving you scarred and gasping for breath yet unable to pull away. Fall into the chasm and let Geryon's wings carry you.
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