It’s been a while since I heard some good skronky discordant, math metal, maybe going back to Brazen Bull‘s early 2012 release, The Traveling Parasite, which I’m still trying to get my head around for review. Well, here is French noise mongers Dacast, and their 2 track 35 minute assault on the ears, Dédale.

Early The Dillinger Escape Plan is the obvious reference point here, with lots of experimentation, grindcore, death metal vocals and jazzy injections thrown in.I get a bit of  vibe akin to fellow Frenchmen Comity at times.  It’s the kind of release that Black Market Activities was consistently releasing a few years back, and is a assailing, discordant, unrelenting affair that obviously, like the genre requires, borders on sheer free form chaos for most of its duration. But, of course and genre aficionados well know, even the most chaotic noise has underlying structure and intentional composition that only appears as chaos and Dacast is masterful at this.

Simply titled “Side A” (15 minutes) and “Side B” (20 minutes), the 2 tracks are a dizzyingly complex display of beefy low end discordance, screeches, growls and sudden jazzy moments or ambiance. It’s not a easy, relaxing listen, nor is  it sing along in the car music. It’s borderline grating, but that’s a key tenet of the genre. The band occasionally do settle into a massive rumble such as around 5 minutes into the first track or 6 minutes into the second track,  but it goes right back to unfettered, low end sonic pandemonium. The middle section of the second track seems a bit redundant with a virtually vocal-less repetitive squeal before it goes off into a monstrous, lurching closeout.

Featuring a huge bottom end production and typically schizophrenic vocals, Dacast looks to be onto something here in a genre that’s been unusually low key of late and fans of unbridled mathcore noise should definitely look into this crazyFrench act.

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Written by Erik T
December 7th, 2012


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