What do you get when you combine the brutal heaviness and technical riffs of Meshuggah with the intricate mayhem and ferocity of The Dillinger Escape Plan? Why you get New York's Car Bomb of course! This three song EP is over just as quickly as it begins, but it shows a band that has digested their influences well and can really deliver the goods. Each of the three tracks bludgeon you with manic shouts and breakneck guitar riffs-take the brief opener "Rid" for instance, complete with maniacal vocals and speed of light riffing. It's quick and dirty, and to the point. "His Eyes" is a rampaging death metal bruiser with futuristic and technical guitar riffs (hence the Meshuggah reference), searing solos, complex rhythms, and brutal vocals. The last cut "Solid Grey" is perhaps the best, as the band mixes in some atmospheric passages and slower sections, as well as varied vocal parts, giving the song a sort of Mr. Bungle/Faith No More progressive edge.
There's lots of promise here, but too bad the band has yet to put together more material. I'd like to see longer tunes and a full album from these guys, but they are definitely a band to be on the lookout for, and are recommended for listeners who enjoy the more manic and violent end of the progressive metal spectrum.
2) His Eyes
3) Solid Grey