Album Review: Audiomachy – ‘Holofracture’

Audiomachy can only be described as the Sheldon Cooper of rock music. For those living under a rock and not familiar with the name Sheldon Cooper, he is a fictional character, portrayed by actor Jim Parsons, on the CBS television series ‘The Big Bang Theory’,

An Australian band based in Brisbane, ‘Holofracture’ is Audiomachy’s 3rd album.  They’re a two-piece band which much like Sheldon posses an incredible amount of “Geek Factor” but unlike our fictional Big Bang character, these guys do have a wicked sense of humour.

Who Are Audiomachy?

Audiomachy call themselves “The greatest Electro Metal band in the history of Audiomachy Band PictureInternational Relations”. And whilst their statement may be deemed as tongue-in-cheek or potentially narcissistic behaviour, we will ask this question again at the end of this review.

At their very core they are an eclectic, progressive and highly experimental outfit, fusing metal and electronic music elements.  Their influences range from the likes of Meshuggah, Panzerballett, Every Time I Die, Dillinger Escpae Plan, The Number Twelve Looks Like You and  Justice among others.

Dissecting ‘Holofracture’

Album opener ‘Mobius Gyp’ is an extract from ‘Titus Andronicus’ the tragedy written by William Shakespeare. Why? Well according to the band “because we can can” . They go on to insist that the song has nothing to do with the ‘Möbius strip’ or ‘Möbius band’ as it’s also known, which is described as being “a surface with only one side and only one boundary component”. Further research also tells me that the möbius strip has the mathematical property of being non-orientable.

While I won’t disagree with the band’s statement, knowing what I know about them today I’m more inclined to believe that this is a very very cleverly put dichotomy; while Titus Andronicus may very well be the content the subject matter sways me more towards the Mobius Strip theory. Then again, perhaps I’m digging too deep!?

I’m sure by now you’re all asking “What on earth are you on about Johnny?” Please bare with my thought process and let’s move on to their lyrics and inspiration…

Take ‘πchotomy’ (track 3 of their album) as a further example of Audiomachy’s superb geek factor. Apparently, the lyrics for this song are written in ‘Pilish’, a style of writing in which the lengths of consecutive words match the digits of Pi, the mathematical constant equal to a circle’s circumference divided by its diameter. For example:

3 – For

1 – a

4 – life

1 – I

5 – aptly

9 – eradicate…

…and so on.

 In addition, every riff is related to Pi in some way.  How awesome is that?!

Holofracture Front CoverThe inspiration of ‘Audiomachy: The Song’ (track 4 and one of my personal favourites) came from a Polish review of their first album. This led to a song in which they used poorly translated english lyrics for, you just can’t make this stuff up!

On track 5 we find (potentially) a world first in music of any genre. ‘There’s No I In Socket’ is a song which has been written without using the letter ‘I’ and a small bit at the end without ‘E’ as well. Has this ever been performed by a band before I’m honestly not sure but my guess is that the answer would be a definitive no…?

Track 10, ’10 This Song Is Called Go To 10’ will have computer geeks left with a ear-to-ear grin. To quote the band “The title is a reference to computer code where if it says to “go to 10″ the code will be read back from where “10” is. In this case, the title is an infinite loop. With that in mind, the theme of the song is fractals which are shapes that stay the same if you zoom in on them infinitely (basically).

There is even a reference to the Dragon curve in the song, at 2:12 the pattern plays a riff with notes in the left or right speakers: 

R R L 

R R L R R L L 

R R L R R L L R R R L L R L L ….“

Last but certainly no least is track 12, ‘Tormentertainment’ which is another standout track in what is an incredible sounding album beginning to end. ‘Tormentertainment’ finishes with a reference to a scene in the 2005 film ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’.

I’ve lost you haven’t I?

Well as you have probably realised by now, Audiomachy are not your typical band. They could choose to sing about politics, the environment or take the brain-cell killing approach that the so many (so-called) artists and band’s do and who are currently enjoying vast (and repeated) airplay on mainstream radio. Their approach may seem trivial to some, over-engineered for others and potentially you’ve been all too quick to shrug this review and band off and say “so what”?

And maybe it is just me. I like to understand a band’s way of thinking, inspiration and what makes them tick. Tox And Jesse AudiomachyAudiomachy have produced a technically, technologically and lyrically accomplished masterpiece that sadly could go entirely unnoticed. The effort, creativity and thought process that went into this album is second to none. It almost feels as though this album could have been the product of a 30-year project, but I’d be wrong, given their last one was released in September of 2011.

Even if you’re not a fan of the geek-wizardry applied in plentiful amounts by Jesse and Tox from Audiomachy, you would be seriously missing out on one incredible sounding album.

So is it a case of a superiority complex and/or narcissistic behaviour?

Categorically no. It’s more a case of two incredibly talented folk with a great sense of humour, a passion for technology, and who have taken music to a whole new level in terms of creative and lyrical subject matter. Are they perfect? Hell no and I wouldn’t want them to be. This isn’t about polished productions with glossy covers. It’s about raw, edgy material that pushes well beyond the conventional boundaries we know today.

I can only hope that Audiomachy get recognition for their work as it tuly deserves every bit of praise.

‘Holofracture’ is available digitally via their Bandcamp website. It’s a “name your price” option but sincerely ask that you donate what you can in support for Audiomachy. My only request is that a physical copy of this album is available soon!

Rounding up this review, I’ll leave you with track 10, ’10 This Song Is Called Go To 10’ and allow you to draw your own opinions.

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