Car Bomb
Meta


4.5
superb

Review

by Confessed2005 USER (105 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2016 | 325 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As remarkable as it is brutal, [i]Meta[/i] shapes up to be one of the most exciting and well written records of the year. A must for anyone who enjoys technical and classy heavy music.

So far, 2016 has been an exciting year for new music, particularly in the genres of metal and hardcore. Renowned acts such as Norma Jean, Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan (amongst several others) have realeased quality records that have lived up to their hype. Car Bomb are certainly no exception to this list and their third album of their career, entitled Meta proves to be a superb addition to the many oustanding releases that this year has had to offer thus far.

Car Bomb, primarily speaking, are a mathcore outfit that blend the rhythmic chaos of the aforementioned [/i]Meshuggah[/i] with the technical wizardry of (also referred to) bands such as tDEP. Opening track 'From the Dust of This Planet' begins with an onslaught of downtuned guitars before morphing into a colossal frenzy of chugging riffs and raw vocals. First things first - the production is second to none, with an absolutely monolithic low end and the guitars cutting through the mix much like buzzsaws or something of the like. The drums tie in remarkably well with the frenetic pace of the fretwork and there are even some clean vocals spotted arpund the middle of the track. 'Secrets Within' continues in the same vein, with galloping triplet riffs and sporadic yet well placed tempo and time signature shifts. Things do slow down in the mid-section, with a slew of stretched out guitar chords (coupled with some complex and nifty guitar flourishes). One thing for sure is that the everything here sounds perfectly pristine - despite the heaviosity and extreme nature of the guitars, the bass cuts through surprisingly well. The overall conglomerate of instruments works incredibly well, with nothing sounding forced or out of place.

Album highlights include the almost ballad-esque (well, as close to a ballad as you can get in this genre) 'The Oppressor', which combines the formulae for the heavy with the beauty and fragility of cleaner sections. This definitely helps to provide breathing room for the listener. Whereas on previous releases, where melody and the like weren't explored as much (although on Centralia the remarkable 'Cellophane Stiletto' featured some brilliant clean sections) here on Meta there is more experimentation regarding the material presented. The unrelenting 'Black Blood' barrages the listener with a marvellous collection of chaotic riffs and unhinged insanity, as well as a breakdown section that is guaranteed to get your head banging. 'Sets' even incoporates elements of sludge into the mix during the beginning section of the song, before delving headfirst into yet even more rhythmic chaos, as well as a beautifully realised (if short) clean section. The synergy between the guitars, rhythm section and vocals is undeniable - the band are undoubtedly at the top of their game in that regard. Couple that with the practically flawless album production and you certainly have a contender for album of the year.

As for negative aspects concerning Meta, very little can be said or noticed. Whilst 'Cenotaph' may drag at times and be a little less interesting than the rest of the album, everything here is top notch and of excellent quality. The album is consistent in both its unpredictability and it's overall quality. Throughout its 48 minute duration, the band are unrelenting in their quest to provide a brutal and aurally pleasing album, essentially creating an album with practically no filler material whatsoever. Right from the get-go, the riffs are both heavy and creative and the chemistry between the band members and their instruments is undeniably superb. As far as albums within the genre, I can safely say that Meta is one of the most consistent and rewarding albums of the past decade, let alone this year. If you're looking for creative brutality, than look no further - Car Bomb have released an album which will go down in history as one of the best of it's kind. A real gem of 2016, Meta shapes up to be one of the most exciting and well written records of the year.

Recommended Tracks

From the Dust of This Planet
Secrets Within
The Oppressor
Infinite Sun



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DanielNightLewis
November 2nd 2016


1028 Comments


A few italic tagging errors but good review! I was gearing up to review this as well. I think I'll do the new Candiria record instead now.

Pos'd

Futures
November 2nd 2016


9977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

can't wait to jam this

Digging: Glass Cloud - Perfect War Forever

FullOfSounds
November 2nd 2016


15775 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^[2]

and ive never even heard this band

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2016


6576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[3]

SteakByrnes
November 2nd 2016


20689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds fun as fuck

Digging: PVRIS - Use Me

Confessed2005
November 2nd 2016


5166 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It is a really good album. One of 2016's best for sure.

DanielNightLewis
November 2nd 2016


1028 Comments


October was mental for techy hardcore/metal. Pretty sure this will end up on my end of year list.

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2016


6576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listening now, tis good. there are some damn groovy grooves right here

FullOfSounds
November 2nd 2016


15775 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"there are some damn groovy grooves right here"

oh no wonder meshuggah is a "similar" band

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2016


6576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

to be fair the first song sounded like it could well have been a meshuggah cover. the rest of the record has more variety though it seems to differentiate them somewhat

jimmykidd
November 2nd 2016


640 Comments


this album hurts my brain. cant get into it at all

calmrose
November 2nd 2016


5669 Comments


album rules so hard, I would also add Gratitude to the recommended tracks

very impressed at how much better this is than their previous albums (for me at least), other albums aren't bad, but I could never really get into them

this on the other hand, m/

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2016


16656 Comments


this is heavyyyy

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icatchthirtythree
November 2nd 2016


984 Comments


Car Bomb is seriously awesome. Great album

Tyler.
November 2nd 2016


18058 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Gotta jam cause I'm sure I'd love it

BigPleb
November 3rd 2016


61136 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds like my kinda jam.

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Danred97
November 3rd 2016


2525 Comments


I'll need to check this since it sounds right up my alley.

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spookynewghostfriend
November 3rd 2016


730 Comments


this was on the charts for like two seconds, scribing for posterity

Danred97
November 3rd 2016


2525 Comments


Listening now, this is fucking sweet.

Relinquished
November 3rd 2016


45294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I got huge phil anselmo vibes from the vox



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