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Noise Trail Immersion Perfects the “Mirroring” of Black Metal and Mathcore

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Epilepsy warning for this music video. Seriously. Relatedly, if your ears could have an epileptic fit, Italian quintet Noise Trail Immersion would be a sure cause. Drilling into your brain with meandering, esoteric technicality and furious intent — all sonically satisfying when so superbly synchronized — their upcoming third full-length Symbology of Shelter simply steals rather than asks for your attention. The same goes for the album’s opening track “Mirroring,” premiering exclusively below in music video form. Prepare your retinas for rapid, abstract visions; prepare your ears for mathcore-infused black metal (or blackened mathcore? It doesn’t matter — you’ll get the point.)

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It’s hard to look away from this video, but it definitely hurts to stare. The same goes for “Mirroring” as a song: it’s so infectiously visceral but, at times, utterly cacophonous. Relying on mega-swaths of blast beats which blast in and out of existence, the climax of “Mirroring” is deliciously dynamic, spinning your mental state into a whirlwind. Leading up to this denouement, Noise Trail Immersion grind out gnarly passages of very-death-metal mathcore which never seems to harmonize or repeat; transitions are frequent and immediate and themselves become an integral element of the song’s staggered flow. It’s all extremely pointy, and that’s the extreme point — the coherence, complexity, and coalescence that Noise Trail Immersion pull of with all this blistering intensity at hand is the true display of talent, even musicianship notwithstanding.

The remaining six songs of Symbology of Shelter flow in the same style as “Mirroring,” but challenge additional technical boundaries and emotional highs/lows. Throughout, the band maintains their esoteric musicianship with a humble pride: these riffs eviscerate, but they’re not showy in the slightest. Things escalate even further, particularly toward the album’s end, and the package as a whole plays like one big emotional arcing narrative. Quite black metal, this story-like structure. As a sit-down listen, Symbology of Shelter is definitely a page-turner; to witness this live, though, would impart upon all the maniacal aggression in its darkened heart. Win, win.

Symbology of Shelter releases November 2nd via Moment of Collapse Records. Follow the band on Bandcamp.

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