Halfway through "Arrangements for Fulminating Vective" by St. Louis' LYE BY MISTAKE and it was difficult not to think in terms of been-there-done-that. All that over the top doodling and DILLINGER-meets-jazz-fusion chaos is fine and dandy, but a tad tired now with bands as different as EPHEL DUATH and CANDIRIA having already cornered the market. But then I began to take notice. Each subsequent spin had me even more awe inspired at the behemoth musicianship and incredible jazz arrangements. And I do mean JAZZ — not jazzy, jazzcore, or jazzed up. When the boys break from the noisecore shouts and swirling controlled chaos and move into a mind-boggling jazz jam, the effect is breathtaking.
And it is not as though each song is a simple matter of crushing nuttiness, jazz part, and back again. Songs like "Silence, the Girl" and "If We Were Intense, This Song Would be a Boyscout" do of course include both elements, but the angular arrangements and amazing soloing makes this batch of tunes anything but boring or interchangeable. Slamming riff-based grooves follow the aforementioned CANDIRIA-isms on "Aboriginal Negatives" before making a hard right turn into what can only be described as a jazz treatment of a Celtic folk song. And it gets even more amazing and unpredictable. In addition to the H-E-A-V-Y moments of merciless battery, you'll hear down home picking, Appalachian shuffle, and a kind of Far East musical vibe crossed with slide guitar and blues slither on "Ostrich Feathers and Apple Pie". Freak-out stomps and zany romps marry an incredible explosion of Salsa jamming on "900 Seconds in Search of Jerry". All of it sounds fantastic and this is coming from a guy who tends to shy away from this kind of musical fare.
Whether you are an accomplished musician or simply a connoisseur of non-traditional heavy music, "Arrangements for Fulminating Vective" is most worthy of your attention. In terms of the sub-genre, this is as good as it gets. I can only imagine the level of insanity produced during a LYE BY MISTAKE live performance.