May 19th, 2017
Bound by flesh. Freed by blood. Los Angeles’ premiere industrial metal band are not taking any downtime since their massive success opening for TOOL in their 2016 U.S. tour.
Forget everything you know about industrial music. For the follow up to the band’s 2014 self-titled debut, 3TEETH pushed the limits of what music should encompass. The band’s sophomore release contains the same lockstep grooves, and ominous atmosphere as their debut, but with a larger sound and greater sense of urgency.
Opening with the potent Divine Weapon, drummer Andrew Means wastes no time smashing into some of the heaviest beats I’ve heard ever played. Vocalist Alexis Mincolla’s guttural growls laced throughout the album blend perfectly with the aggressive guitar assaults crafted by Chase Brawner. Keyboardist Xavier Swafford rounds out the quartet and weaves childlike tones with notes of doom.
The course imagery associated with the music, always unapologetic with its delivery, carriers over from <shutdown.exe>’s tracks. The band have a message to deliver, and they don’t give a fuck if you’re insulted by their unadulterated honesty. The mental imagery created within the album’s sonic landscape is brutal. Since forming in 2013, 3Teeth have been one of the most politically provocative bands to emerge from the industrial metal music scene. It’s almost as though the band knows that we’re drowning in alternative facts, and they’re ok with beating the knowledge and truth into you.
3Teeth’s sophomore release is mixed by the legendary Sean Beavan, whom declares “3teeth are more than the sum of their influences. They are the sound of inevitability. A storm of rage and reason, man and machine, metal and bone.” Beavan was pivotal is shaping the sound of artists from Nine Inch Nails, to Marilyn Manson, System of a Down to Guns N Roses and A Perfect Circle.
As a collective whole, 3Teeth have one goal; Reject your sense of consensus-based reality. I’ve learned one valuable lesson from 3Teeth’s music. To have faith in our government is to question their authority over us. All too often in Trump’s America, we will gaze directly into the face of corruption and seek a new political viewpoint to find renewed truth in a world of alternative facts.