The coilgun, or gauss rifle, was an invention funded by the army to build a weapon that works by magnetizing a projectile which is shot through a rail with magnets on the right and left side. It was thought that by doing this they could build a rifle many times stronger than a conventional one. They had success with a very large prototype that had devastating effects and could shoot even through massive solid blocks of concrete. However this prototype was way too large and there was no way of making it smaller, thus the project was cancelled. So why am I telling you this? Well because we’re talking about Coilguns of course. Their debut Millennials will hit the concrete of the scene on the 23rd of March, and man does it hit hard. Also good news for every The Ocean fan, because Coilguns features former members from said band.
The first track, “Anchorite”, starts off with rumbling noise leading into a fuzzy mid-tempo groove run. Harsh, almost desperate screams introduce the bleak world of Coilguns. The aforementioned The Ocean influence is a bit apparent as the band stylistically is nearer to mathcore, but brings a droney and gritty atmosphere with every song, every riff, and every texture. In the middle of the track the noise factor gets turned up a notch. Like in agonizing trance every instrument pummels away in its most raw and repulsive form. The fabric of perpetual noise lies over the listener like a blanket. As a child if you hid under the blanket it was a whole different world for you, and this is also the case with this album. The band doesn’t show a lot of diversity but instead focuses on crafting a single dark and hellish world that will grip you and never let you go. Occasional breaks from this only happen when the band locks in on a groove to deliver the most sludgy riffs you will hear this year.
Another quite interesting song is “Spectogramme”. While still being noisy as hell, it’s quite a different demon here. The song revolves around the noise that’s not as dense and more flourishing this time, sounding almost symphonic at some points. On the other hand the drums keep this track together through an anchoring rhythm that limits the noise from spilling all over the place. There are a few very doomy guitar moments, while what seems to be a ring modulator purrs in the background. Of course no instrument could withstand the noise so at the end of the track everything gets swallowed whole by the bleakness again.
Millennials is an effort that could appeal to fans of noise, mathcore, hardcore and even post-metal. Though it does nothing too out there or different, it crafts a very special texture notably well and is sure to use this talent in order to enrich and play with the reality of their self-crafted world. With abrasive riffs, catchy grooves, a very steady, skilled drummer, and a lot of noise and feedback, it almost sound surreal at times; though the record is sometimes a bit hard to digest due to its dense nature and mix. Despite this, Millennials is definitely my favorite release in this genre thus far in 2018.
Score: 8.0 / 10
Notable Tracks: “Anchorite”, “Spectogramme”
FFO: Norma Jean, The Chariot