"w^w^^w^w", the first full-length offering in five years from New York tech metal exhibitionists CAR BOMB, can be streamed in its entirety below. The independently released 12-track longplayer was recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by the band between 2011 and 2012 at their own studios in Long Island and Brooklyn, produced by guitarist Greg Kubacki, and featuring guest vocals by Joseph Duplantier of GOJIRA on the track "Third Revelation".
Comments the band in a statement: "We're beyond excited to once and for all complete and release this thing. Every aspect of this recording — writing, recording, mixing, mastering, artwork, you name it — was done 100% by the band. It took as much time as most people spend going to college, but we think it was worth the wait."
Often referred to as "double-u click double-u" for short, "w^w^^w^w" is clearly CAR BOMB's most ambitious and diverse offering to date. Songs range from the 50 seconds of syncopated chaos that is "Auto-Named", and the catchy, mid-tempo "Lower The Blade", to the speed-metal-infused "The Seconds". Each track displays the typical chaotic timing that is signature CAR BOMB, yet expresses a clear thematic differentiation to make it its own.
Elaborates vocalist Michael Dafferner: "It's really easy when writing technical music to sound like you're just stringing random riffs together. Though we wanted to make a lot of sharp turns in each song, we really strove for each song to have its own distinct sound and mood."
Adds guitarist Greg Kubacki: "Most people will hear just random noise when listening to this record, but to us it's all really simple ideas. We're fascinated by the book 'Godel Escher Bach' by Douglas Hofstadter and we try to make music that is recursive. We try to establish certain themes and then shape and reuse them in different ways to create songs that have common threads within them. Patterns repeat, but not in ways you'd expect." This process creates songs that fans can grasp in one way but maybe can't grasp in another, and all the time they are swallowing you into a hypnotic and infinite vortex. The influence of M.C. Escher's (the "Escher" in Godel, Escher, Bach) is also evident in the "w^w^^w^w" cover artwork, which is simply a nauseating spiral of small repeated patterns.
CAR BOMB released its debut full-length, "Centralia", via Relapse Records in 2007. Called "esoteric and experimental," by About.com, the band followed the release with a gaggle of live performances as well as a split seven-inch single with BURNT BY THE SUN before going on an unofficial hiatus.
The digital release of "w^w^^w^w" (which reached the #2 spot on BandCamp's Top Sellers list this week) follows CAR BOMB's short-but-epic tour with GOJIRA this summer. CD and vinyl release dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
"w^w^^w^w" track listing:
01. The Sentinel
03. Finish It
04. Lower The Blade
06. Third Revelation
07. Recursive Patterns
08. Spirit Of Poison
09. Magic Bullet
11. This Will Do The Job
12. The Seconds
Elliot Hoffman - Drums
Greg Kubacki - Guitar
Jon Modell - Bass
Michael Dafferner - Vocals