Sounding akin to a terrifyingly unpredictable hybrid of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mouse On The Keys and Three Trapped Tigers, Leeds based progressive jazz metal trio Voronoi are back with an explosive new single and we are overjoyed to premiere it.
Their second single taken from their forthcoming new full length The Last Three Seconds - which is due to be released May 7th via Small Pond and Art The Catharsis - ‘Robots As Pathos/Menace’ is a dizzying onslaught of progressive metal tendencies mixed with sophisticated jazz and classical teachings. Simultaneously possessively engaging and jarring, the track see’s the band tantalisingly hinting towards the heavier sounds of the new record and plays into the group’s shared love of science fiction.
“Robots as Pathos and Robots as Menace are two terms coined by the author Isaac Asimov, and are the two categories that he assigns tales about AI to”, states keyboardist Aleks Podraza. “The former is the more common—and the more interesting in his opinion—and is about AI as the victims of humankind. The latter is the opposite, in which AI is the wrongdoer in a story. HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey perfectly depicts an arc that encapsulates both of these ideas.”
“I wanted to reflect these ideas in the track, with the melancholy intro representing the tragedy of AI, and the carnage of the main meat of the song representing AI as an evil entity. I played around a lot with rhythm on this track, particularly the last riff, where Tom's cymbal is playing every 7th semiquaver whilst the groupings from the riff before are sounded underneath. I'd not heard this done anywhere else before, and the idea of it got me pretty stoked! I tried to channel the old Black Sabbath philosophy of just having a tune that was back to back riffs. It's a really simple way of writing, but I think it works so well. There's a lot going on in this track. I'm only scratching the surface. I'll leave it up to you guys to pick it apart.”
Having already found themselves thrashing before audiences at the likes of ArcTanGent, Reading & Leeds, Download Festival and a string of other high profile events, Voronoi, whilst their work is obtuse, it's endlessly wondersome and thrilling in it's ambition and execution. Listen to the new single above and pre-order The Last Three Seconds here.