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Old 07-02-2012, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Math rock is a rhythmically complex, often guitar-based, style of experimental rock[1] that emerged in the late 1990s, influenced by progressive rock bands like King Crimson, as well as 20th century minimalist composers such as Steve Reich. It is characterized by complex, atypical rhythmic structures (including irregular stopping and starting), counterpoint, odd time signatures, angular melodies, and extended, often dissonant, chords.
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Math Rock is a genre that developed in the late 1980s to early 1990s via the influence of bands such as Slint, Drive Like Jehu and Shellac who added to the already established sounds of Noise Rock and Post-Hardcore a sense of rhythmic variety and complexity that was claimed by many critics to sound almost mathematical, eventually being coined "Math Rock". It became a large influence on some underground movements in the US and became a common instrumental style of certain genres including many bands of the Midwestern Indie Emo and Indie Rock scene.

By the dawn of the 21st century the sound of Math Rock was even more riff focused. Emphasised by polyrhythmic and winding yet consonant guitar riffs with the bass often used as a counter melody, vocals were usually used as a secondary instrument to the guitar or not at all. The genre took further influences from Jazz-Rock and Post-Rock often sounding both accessible and experimental with the dissonance of earlier Math Rock groups being far less dominant. Modern Math Rock groups include Don Caballero, 65daysofstatic and Tera Melos. Some modern groups have also acquired mainstream success whilst using Math Rock influences. These bands include Battles, Minus the Bear and Foals that further show Math Rock's gradual divergence from the underground.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Shellac holding 2 spots in the top20, sweet.

Minus the Bear
I never lopped them into mathrock before. I'm much more familiar with their latter works, but even then... I dunno. Great band though.

Zu. Now that'll fit. Carboniferous is a fantastic album...

Tera Melos is most excellent as well. This is the first band I thought of.

And So I Watch You From Afar

You Slut! - Critical Meat. Excellent album. Looking at this yesterday for GBs grandiose titles thread.

Oh cool they have a new album, this year. Medium Bastard.

Might have a few names that aren't on that RYM when I open up my music library.

Charts and Maps - Dead Horse (2011) Amazing album, more on the jazzy side. One of my favorite discoveries last year.

Ghosts and Vodka are awesome.

By The End of Tonight... more like math metal :P
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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this should be number one
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this should be number one
Amazing album.

A couple from me:


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Old 07-02-2012, 06:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have an incredibly imbecilic question, why is Math Metal referred to as mathcore? It truly gives me a reverse erection everytime people address it as such.
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I have an incredibly imbecilic question, why is Math Metal referred to as mathcore? It truly gives me a reverse erection everytime people address it as such.
It's not. Doesn't mathcore refer to a subset of metalcore that is more rhythmically complex?

Anyway, this week rocks!

My favorite Don Cab song

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Old 07-02-2012, 08:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've really been wanting to get into this genre after I listened to and enjoyed Toe. Will be listening to most everything you guys post, so post away!
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I spent a lot of the 90s with this stuff but I guess I kind of stopped paying attention after 2000. Also, I third bob's nod to Faraquet (maybe not #1 but up there).
Here are a couple of my choice cuts:

Michael Anthony by A Minor Forest


Open Bay by Sharks Keep Moving
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I've really been wanting to get into this genre after I listened to and enjoyed Toe. Will be listening to most everything you guys post, so post away!
Toe is great. They're probably my favorite.







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Two bands that I enjoy in the sub-genre



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