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SCIENTIST features founding guitarist/vocalist Eric Plonka (ex Yakuza) with guitarist/vocalist Patrick Auclair (ex Taken By The Sun), drummer Justin Cape (ex Taken By The Sun), and bassist Mathew Milligan (Making Ghosts). Drawing heavily from the Windy City's long-running tradition of experimental metal, the band members themselves describe their sound as "architectural metal." Were listeners to ponder this description alongside the band's sound, they would imagine twisted beams, exposed glass diagonals, and post-apocalyptic concrete blocks with a decaying skyline and crimson horizon in the distance. If SCIENTIST's sound is architectural, it is doubtless an experimental edifice. With their second full-length, 10100II00101, the adventurousness the band displayed on their debut album has now gone thoroughly and beautifully haywire adding guest vocalists to the mix venturing away from their mostly instrumental past.
10100II00101 was tracked at Minbal Studio, engineered by Sanford Parker (Minsk, Corrections House, Buried At Sea), mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room and boasts a variety of guest vocal appearances including Stavros Giannopoulos of The Atlas Moth, Andre Almarez of Pale Horseman, Anthony Cwan of Without Waves and James Clayton Bowman as well as a lap slide guitar cameo from Jeff Lyman of Dance Bullies.
10100II00101 is out now on CD and digitally via the band's official BandCamp page and will be released on on double LP via Hell Comes Home Records at a later date.
"SCIENTIST have managed to birth a real beast here, a record with true depth that will keep you coming back to discover more with every listen. 10100II00101 is a pioneering piece of research at the cutting edge of riff technology that demands your attention." - The Sludgelord
"As you'd expect from an experimental metal album, things are changing constantly. Plodding down-tuned riffs, upbeat grooves, dense extreme sections, psychedelic moments and a lot more are inserted into the creative arrangements. Several guest vocalists provide even more diversity on an album that travels down a lot of different roads without ever losing their way. 4/5" - About.com
"It's not easy to sum up - which is a big part of its attraction. It includes angular, dissonant guitar leads; fat, fuzz-bombed bass notes; interesting, off-kilter drum rhythms; rapidly jabbing riffs; a couple of very sweet guitar solos; gossamer spinnakers of melody that catchy the wind and billow; and brute-force pounding heavy enough to fracture cement (there's a dark undercurrent in the song from the beginning, but the blackness explodes in all its might at the end)." - No Clean Singing on first single "The Lighthouse"
"Simply stated, 'The Lighthouse' is bathed in dissonance. Its discordant tempo refuses to let you settle into its six minute runtime. Instead, opting to yank you through jarring drum patterns, dizzying guitar solos, and fuzzy bass. It serves as a great introductory track to an album which is exemplary in showcasing the prior endeavors of the band's members and the overall production team..." - Metal Injection on first single "The Lighthouse"