The Algorithm
Polymorphic Code


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brootalisk USER (4 Reviews)
November 20th, 2012 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If allowed, Polymorphic Code will reveal a wholly new and exciting cosmos, one that is beseeching listeners and musicians alike to explore it.

Attempting to combine metal and electronic into one hodge podge record is an extremely risky action, one that can have disastrous consequences. History has not been known to take too kindly to artists that delve into “electrometal”, so it was with extreme risk that Remi Gallego, mastermind behind The Algorithm, embarked on a journey to create a competent and fluid combination of the diverse dynamics that are heavily prominent in both metal and electronic. Fortunately, the end result is well worth the gamble, and ultimately shows that it is indeed possible to successfully amalgamate the two divergent genres.

What's truly remarkable about Polymorphic Code is the ease and fluidity with which it is able to integrate different aspects of the electronic and metal universes. Almost every transition and breakdown feels completely natural and unforced. While it is true that there exists some chunks that definitely could have been excluded, or at the very least rewritten, this comes with the territory of Gallego's huge undertaking of practically writing an album that's never been done before. This is, effectively, new ground for a musician, especially for one as inexperienced as the 22 year old. However, The Algorithm carries itself with confidence and boldness, something that is refreshing to see in the self proclaimed “djentstep” world.

It's easy to go on about the variance and seamlessness of Polymorphic Code but there are certainly a few missteps throughout the duration of the record. One could point out the occasional moment that breaks the overall flow of the music (“Access Granted” is a prime example of this), or wonder at the fact that “Panic”, the last song on the album, ranges across 12 minutes, which could be considered too long winded for what this record is trying to achieve. Nevertheless, these are minute distractions from an otherwise surprisingly solid album. Truth be told, it's hard not to immediately enjoy the album. It almost begs to be liked, but not enough to cross the boundary of pleading with the audience.

The brightest spots in this shining achievement are the various references that Gallego dexterously permeates amongst the sheer madness of the music. Midi and chiptune are to be found all over the record, most notable at the very beginning of “Null”. These hark back to the days of 80s style arcade cabinet machines, and allows the listener to reminisce of his or her experiences with the emphasized style. Additionally, the riff in the middle of “Warp Gate Exploit” is by far the most effective use of guitar in the entire album. While simple, it still meshes incredibly well with the numerous background noises that it coincides with, developing a perfect atmosphere that remains for the continuation of the album.

It's always amusing to see the media portray music in the future as trance-electro-pop-whatever. Whether it be in movies or video games, the "future" is always characterized by huge buildings, shiny objects, bright lights, and electronic music. However, while it is incredibly hard to imagine that the only thing humans will search for in their musical endeavors is electronic based, Polymorphic Code hints at what could be in store for both the electronic and progressive metal genres. And if the success of this record is anything to go off of, it's more than likely that one will witness a lot more crossovers between the two eclectic and esoteric genres.


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Brootalisk
November 20th 2012


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You can listen to the whole album here:

http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/the-algorithm-polymorphic-code-full-album-stream/

Also, apparently you can't italicize phrases in the summary. I'd love to edit that, but I can't figure
out how to. If anyone could inform me that'd be awesome.

Zettel
November 20th 2012


602 Comments


I am not sure about your first paragraph, and your review in general. What do you mean? Do you really think this band is the first one to successfully amalgamate both genres? Why do you say this album/music has not been done before? Your review is excessively vague, and after reading it, I still have no idea what to expect from the album.

On top of that, your link does not seem to work.

ikarus
November 20th 2012


568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mostly electronic, little djent riffs here and there

Brootalisk
November 20th 2012


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Honestly, not sure how I could be more specific without getting too into detail, which is definitely
possible. It's electronic music mixed with metal. I guess I could talk about the tones of the guitar,
but I didn't want to get too specific, even though I do point out he calls The Algorithm "djentstep",
which should clue you in what to expect. I also point out the midi and chiptune in the record. If you
don't know what to expect from the album, how about try listening to it?

As for the link, I have no idea why it doesn't work. I copied the link from the URL and put it in the
comment. Not sure what the problem is. *shrug*

Edit: Finally fixed the link. Sorry about that guys.

Brootalisk
November 20th 2012


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks soul. I was originally skeptical at first too, but after a few listens it really started catching my ear.

YetAnotherBrick
November 20th 2012


4504 Comments


oh damn i forgot about this band, gotta hear this

Digging: Soul Coughing - Ruby Vroom

Animus
November 20th 2012


70 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love these guys. They take everything generic about electronic and djent and smash it into a ball of awesome.

DotEight
November 20th 2012


5639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not really into this dude anymore, but nice review. Pos'd.

bloc
November 20th 2012


34998 Comments


This is so fucking bad, ten times worse than that rap-djent combo. The music video for one of these songs is hilarious.

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition

Brootalisk
November 20th 2012


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

wacknizzle
November 20th 2012


13602 Comments


The Dude verse 5:13

Digging: Redwood Hill - Collider

Shiduba
November 21st 2012


424 Comments


This is some really awesome music! Nice review.

ikarus
November 21st 2012


568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is really growing on me

Brootalisk
November 21st 2012


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I came into the album not expecting much, but after I gave it a chance my earholes were pleasantly surprised.

DotEight
November 29th 2012


5639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like all these retards on the Trojans video saying it's dubstep. Clearly no one knows what dubstep actually is, even though the genre as a whole is fucking awful.

sspedding
January 4th 2013


4780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sounds kind of interesting

Digging: Devil Sold His Soul - Belong ? Betray

slipnslide
January 10th 2013


2640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i remember i heard his song "access denied" two or so years back and thought it was awesome. Listening to this right now and its even better.

oltnabrick
March 11th 2013


31279 Comments


this is very silly

Digging: Michael Pisaro - Continuum Unbound

fromtheinside
March 11th 2013


19029 Comments


looking forward to hearing more of this

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oltnabrick
March 11th 2013


31279 Comments


lol omg





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