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Time Reduced to a “Cinder”: No One Knows What the Dead Think, Featuring Former Discordance Axis Members


It is difficult to measure grindcore in time, mostly due to the genre’s significant lack of it. Looking at neo-stalwarts No One Knows What the Dead Think, it is impossible to measure their debut and sole eponymous release in standard time. At only 19 minutes in length, time is not enough.

In Chicago and Los Angeles, time is used to measure distance (mostly due to traffic), but that type of philosophy can be healthy when describing the immensity of former Discordance Axis members Jon Chang and Rob Marton’s new project and final chapter.

Take, for example, “Cinder,” which can be streamed exclusively below. At a paltry two minutes and 40 seconds in length, this is both a short song, but also the lengthiest on the album itself. Therein lies the duality of grindcore’s time as distance and distance as time existence. How far can one go in this short duration? At walking speed? Maybe a few blocks, but at the warp speed performed by this trio? It’s hard to say — maybe it hasn’t even been mapped yet.

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Musically, this is a beautiful continuation of what the world missed after The Inalienable Dreamless. Marton’s dizzying, staccato guitar weaving melody in with the incredible momentum set forth by the album up to this point. It is atypical, strange, and emotive music, especially when heralded by Chang’s own alien screaming. Two minutes and 40 seconds seems like nothing, at first. Blink and you miss it, but travel with this trio and find yourself in the stratosphere, or even further. Don’t fall.

No One Knows What the Dead Think releases September 20th via Willowtip Records. Stream another single below:

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