Pound's sophomore album, ••, is out today on Silent Pendulum Records.
Marrying the chaos of bands like The Locust, with the galaxy-sized grooves of Meshuggah, the Seattle-based Pound whips up a wholly original racket that is both head-scratchingly complex and sock-you-in-the-gut heavy. The duo – guitarist Ryan Schutte and drummer David Stickney – uses gear that is as unique as its sound: Schutte plays a baritone 9-string guitar and Stickney plays two drumkits, positioned at a 90-degree angle.
The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage).
Listen and buy here: https://pound.bandcamp.com
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"A bizarre but deeply satisfying mix of grind, sludge, mathcore, d-beat, and groove metal... The duo — guitarist Ryan Schutte and drummer Dave Stickney — are a force to be reckoned with, creating throbbing, double-jointed music that also feels caveman-level heavy."
"Seattle duo Pound—whose sound can best be described as a heavy fusion of mathcore, grind and Meshuggah-esque grooves—have unleashed their latest video... The performance video highlights the duo’s musicianship—guitarist Ryan Schutte plays a nine-string baritone guitar and drummer David Stickney’s kit is actually a custom build combining two different drum kits. Together, there’s no need for a guitarist or vocalist."
"Seattle’s forward-thinking yet ferociously primordial math-grind duo Pound... Intertwining the raw, seething aesthetic mentality of grinding mathcore with the deft musicianship, unconventional rhythms, and unbridled creativity of djent and death metal."
"Off-kilter time signatures collide with unshakeable grooves while skronky, dissonant chords match up with an almost post-hardcore melodic sensibility. It’s as if Meshuggah, Botch and Coalesce teamed up to form a new band that pushed the boundaries of each far beyond anything they’ve ever attempted before."
"The intersection of genres at play here makes for a dizzying display of technical prowess and blunt, pummeling intensity... Prepare for one of the boldest (and best) metal albums you’ll encounter this year."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy
"There are about 17,832 different slippery widdles and squiddles, vacuum cleaner riffs, extremely tight snare rolls, brutal but punchy grooves, blast beats, playfully murderous half-hooks, ear-splitting noise lines, and leveling drum patterns stuffed into these 33 minutes... It’s a combination of grind’s total lack of an attention span, djent’s tendency to constantly bounce around a central point, and knuckle-dragging hardcore’s love of cavemanish groove."
"Pound’s new album might be what it would sound like if The Dillinger Escape Plan and Thou played at the same time on the same stage... A mind-bending, absolutely thrilling experience."