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    Titan to Tachyons


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TITAN TO TACHYONS is led by guitarist Sally Gates (ex-Orbweaver, ex-Gigan), backed by the powerhouse rhythm section of drummer Kenny Grohowski (Secret Chiefs 3, Imperial Triumphant, Brand X) and Matt Hollenberg (Cleric, John Zorn) on Bass VI. Instrumentally depicting the realms of surrealistic sci-fi, the band makes use of angular and experimental passages, juxtaposed by fluid grooves and metallic flurries.

"Trio TITAN TO TACHYONS play knotted, libertine music on the border between the heaviest of metal genres and complex contemporary avant-garde tendencies. Like a fusion of Dysrhythmia's tech-metal insanity and Mary Halvorson's fluid improvisations, their style's harmonic and rhythmic makeup possesses a certain je ne sais quoi so characteristic for New York's creative music scene." - PopMatters

"It’s a complex, multi-part instrumental that juxtaposes crunching King Crimson-esque stomp-riffs against melodies that recall Japanese improv-psych wizard Keiji Haino, but more melancholy." - Bandcamp Daily

"the instrumental Cactides finds Gates really broadening out her sound and exploring a host of new textures and ideas. There’s almost no trace of death metal here, with TITAN TO TACHYONS venturing into heady avant-prog-metal territory, but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of riffs. Take ‘The Starthinker Is Obsolete’ for example, which is built around an oddly timed but nevertheless ginormous sludge riff, or opener ‘Morphing Machineminds’, which kicks off with the kind of subtle, jazzy guitar licks you might find on a later Tom Waits record before opening up into a dissonant, jarring King Crimson-esque groove and then abruptly unleashing a volley of hyper speed blasts whilst Gates taps out dizzying, atonal leads. […] Cactides may be too out-there and amorphous for some, but if you’re partial to prog in any form, the album’s intricate, fluctuating layers and bewilderingly psychedelic feel make it one fascinating trip indeed." - The Quietus

"Cactides does to progressive stoner metal what Behold… The Arctopus did to tech-death, taking its eccentricities far enough to transcend genres. […] Listening to Titan To Tachyons is like riding a bike, except the bike turns into a cyborg squid and rockets through an avant-garde wormhole." - Metal Injection

"At a time when the outside world seems more menacing and hostile than ever before, Cactides is an album you can crawl into and hibernate from the insanity. Led by relentlessly ingenious guitarist Sally Gates, this avant-metal trio make music that defies the usual laws of melodic physics, slamming angular noise rock, free jazz and monolithic post-metal together in a bewildering shower of malformed, monochrome sparks. […] Fans of psychotic post-metal acts like The Flying Luttenbachers and Cleric should feel perfectly at home amid this riot of amphetamine jazz-punk and feverish sound subversion, but TITAN TO TACHYONS never spend more than a few seconds sounding like anything we've heard before. This is a brave, belligerent, eccentric and immersive record that wears its complexity lightly while also being a work of profoundly disturbed/disturbing art. The perfect soundtrack for this year's sustained clusterfuck, I'd say." - Dom Lawson, Blabbermouth.net

"With Cactides, TITAN TO TACHYONS have set their controls for the heart of a very alien sun. One can always ponder how instrumental music can actually be “about” something when there are no lyrics, yet with music like this, words might have just gotten in the way of the experience. This isn’t music inspired by the science fiction of Star Wars or The Jetsons, this is closer kin to Stanley Kubrick’s take on Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey or Philip K. Dick’s Valis trilogy. Cactides revels in its weirdness, and the atmosphere it generates is as compelling as the musicianship is astounding." — Todd Manning, Burning Ambulance

"Channeling harsh dissonant experimentation through playful, melodic grooves, TITAN TO TACHYONS are the musical equivalent of hard science fiction, their sound designed to puzzle and intrigue." - Angry Metal Guy

"If you're into the out-there sounds of Secret Chiefs 3, John Zorn, and other related stuff in this realm, you may wanna check out this album too." - BrooklynVegan

"...*throws headphones across the room*..." - Grizzly Butts

"Cactides is five tracks of dense, precision oriented jazz metal fusion. Whether or not all, or just some, of this forty one minute opus was improvised (notable album closer "Everybody’s Dead, Dave" is the only track specified as improvisational), the result is absolutely beyond a doubt impressive, genius even if you’re one for superlatives. […] To successfully carry this off, to recreate a detailed dystopian, futuristic world through music alone is an amazing achievement…" - The Sleeping Shaman

"Cactides is very much built to form another life entirely in a live setting, with plenty of space being made available to explore and improvise. […] The listener can also pick apart a plethora of influences (if you must), whether that is a particular band, or holistic genre traits. The transitions between the parts of the tracks are seamless, and we recall King Crimson’s Lark’s Tongues for reference there. The thundering guitar riff that opens and closes Tycho Magnetic (with its Earth levelling bass) could fit nicely between Asteroid and Supa Scooper on Sky Valley (Kyuss), yet it wouldn’t sound out of place between Outshined and Slaves (Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger). There is a definite funky Primus slap angle to some parts, while there is a warm relationship between the bass and guitar that does not sound a million miles from Flea and Navarro’s chemistry on One Hot Minute. If you listen carefully there is a gentle harmonic used on Starthinker that recalls the post rock band Slint, while after that first riff in Tycho, there is a thoughtful Nothing Else Matters type section. On the very same track a Giant Squid esqe lick transforms the track. All this is wrapped in unmistakeable groove, with energy, a shell of psychedelia, and a lazy NY Jazz swagger." - Ten Glorious Killers

“Inspired by surrealistic sci-fi, the collective use their full power on ‘Earth, And Squidless,’ walking the fine line between avant-garde and full-on metallic. If 2020 is a new golden age for experimental (and experiential) metal, TITAN TO TACHYONS stand at the forefront of this new era. Heavy, forward-thinking, and unapologetic, this is a new reality.” - PopMatters

‪“With their excellent full-length debut Cactides, we can now add TITAN TO TACHYONS to the list of modern purveyors of this stylistic niche, such as Behold… The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia, and Ground Patrol. […] And while it’s definitely cliché to compare a “weird” rock band to Primus at this point, the instrumentation on Cactidesis frequently reminiscent of albums like Antipop. […] But TITAN TO TACHYONS balance their dazzling musical abilities with equally impressive songwriting, which combine to produce an album that you can’t help but surrender your psyche to until the final note rings out.”‬ - Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"Cactides consists of five medium-length instrumental tracks that are influenced by 50 years of metal and progressive rock, rearranged and mutilated for 2020. But Gates and company go beyond the tropes of these genres, incorporating heavy riffing, speed picking, feedback, and arpeggiated chords into unconventional structures and throwing in a dash of open improvisation here and there. […] For anyone who is disappointed by how slowly the heavy metal genre evolves and progresses, look no further than Cactides as a counterexample to that trend. Gates is a major voice, and Cactides could be her breakout appearance. Well done, indeed." - Avant Music News

"A band featuring current and former members of Orbweaver, Gigan, Secret Chiefs 3, Imperial Triumphant, Cleric, and John Zorn promises to be weird and TITAN TO TACHYONS does not disappoint. Led by guitarist Sally Gates (ex-Orbweaver, ex-Gigan), the trio blast through six minutes of off-kilter heaviness that is equal parts melodic and dissonant. Take opening track “Morphing Machineminds” as an example—the track is all over the place with its ideas and tempo, but TITAN TO TACHYONS never go off the rails." - Decibel Magazine