Can This Even Be Called Music?
Vmthanaachth‘s Fit Secundum Regulam is one of the most avant-garde metal albums I’ve had the chance to listen to. Described as “contemporary classical”, it sounds like an orchestra was befitted with distortion guitars. It thrives on dissonance and long-form songs, so it can either be a new piece that you’ll like, or an unbearable mess. As for me, I quite enjoy it. canthisevenbecalledmusic.com/osr-april-5th-2016/Favorite track: At the Mouth of Urborg/Coruscating Bicarbonate Skeuomorph.
Twenty-five percent of all proceeds from digital album sales are donated to the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts; an additional fifty percent makes its way to the Protective Animal League and other spay and neuter group (NGOs) operating in North Texas; remaining revenue from digital sales will be put toward future Vmthanaachth releases.
Press/Review(s) for "Fit Secundum Regulam":
"As you might expect from a bizarre name like Vmthanaachth, the music is fairly off the beaten path [. . .] Across three sprawling multi-part tracks, Fit Secundum Regulam offers a strange modern classical music influenced experience, aided by the band’s self-admitted influence from death metal, as well as an eerie atonal/drone sensibility that fans of doom metal should love."
-- No Clean Singing
"Metal fans are no strangers to the extreme. We willingly listen to abrasive, challenging music and deride others for their unwillingness to do the same. However, most metalheads still cling to the vestigial limbs of traditional song structures and riffing, and when confronted with something as unconventional and imposing as Vmthanaachth‘s Fit Secundum Regulam, most would turn away and write off the experiment in contemporary classical music as pure noise, a jibe ironically lobbed at the metal we all know and love by indie and pop fans. But the Fort Worth ensemble’s avant-garde take on musical composition is so dense, so foreboding, and so ingenious that it warrants more than a casual dismissal or a haphazard single examination. So, dauntless connoisseurs of sonic extremity, I charge you to sit down for a spell of concentrated listening and take this impenetrable monstrosity known as Fit Secundum Regulam for a spin."
-- Toilet Ov Hell
"Sometimes [. . .] classical musicians have a traditional curriculum, and, operating in conventional musical structures, propose a project that should not disrupt metal fans open to extreme experiences."
-- Shoot Me Again
"At it’s best this music could be the sound of your nightmares. At worst, it’s fucking excruciating."
-- Progressive Music Planet
released August 9, 2016
Thanks to our families, the University of Texas at Arlington Symphony Orchestra (specifically Jazmyn Trujillo, Kristi Holstein, Abigail Rowe, Genny Triana, among others), Garry Brents, Chris D. Owen, &c.