Fractures is the new split EP between New York's instrumental math rock kingpins Dysrhythmia and London's veterans of atmospheric soundscapes Rothko. Three songs clocking in at 27 minutes, you get the massive 14-minute "Earthquake" first from Dysrhythmia, a remake one of their older pieces from their Contradictions album from 2000. Seething with violent energy, the trio unleash plenty of intense arrangements on this one, feature elastic guitar & bass torrents and manic drum patterns. Rothko on the other hand take the opposite end of the spectrum, as they conjure up spooky and foreboding images on "Tell Your Story to the Winds" and the chilling "Torch", using dual bass guitars, keyboards, drums, and eerie effects. Hard to say whether this EP will appeal to opposing crowds, as both bands are very different from each other, but if you want a snapshot of what both have to offer, Fractures is a brief but effective sampler.
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