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TITAN TO TACHYONS is a new trio led by guitarist Sally Gates (ex-Orbweaver, ex-Gigan), backed by the powerhouse rhythm section of Kenny Grohowski (Secret Chiefs 3, Imperial Triumphant, Brand X, etc) and Matt Hollenberg (Cleric, John Zorn). Instrumentally depicting the realms of surrealistic sci-fi, the band make use of angular and experimental passages, juxtaposed by fluid grooves and metallic flurries.

On the heels of their first performances in their home base of NYC, the trio tracked a debut album with Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Dysrhythmia) at Menegroth, the Thousand Caves. Cactides features guest musician Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Secret Chiefs 3) on bass for a structured improvisational piece, and will see a vinyl release in summer 2020 via Nefarious Industries.

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TITAN TO TACHYONS’ Cactides reviewed at PopMatters – MetalMatters: August 2020 – Busier Than Usual

“Trio TITAN TO TACHYONS play knotted, libertine music on the border between the heaviest of metal genres and complex contemporary avant-garde tendencies. Like a fusion of Dysrhythmia‘s tech-metal insanity and Mary Halvorson‘s fluid improvisations, their style’s harmonic and rhythmic makeup possesses a certain je ne sais quoi so characteristic for New York’s creative music scene.” – PopMatters

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TITAN TO TACHYONS’ Cactides reviewed: Seven Avant-Garde LPs Testing the Boundaries of Death Metal – Bandcamp Daily

“It’s a complex, multi-part instrumental that juxtaposes crunching King Crimson-esque stomp-riffs against melodies that recall Japanese improv-psych wizard Keiji Haino, but more melancholy.” – Bandcamp Daily

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Columnus Metallicus: Heavy Metal For August Reviewed By Kez Whelan – The Quietus

“the instrumental Cactides finds Gates really broadening out her sound and exploring a host of new textures and ideas. There’s almost no trace of death metal here, with TITAN TO TACHYONS venturing into heady avant-prog-metal territory, but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of riffs. Take ‘The Starthinker Is Obsolete’ for example, which is built around an oddly timed but nevertheless ginormous sludge riff, or opener ‘Morphing Machineminds’, which kicks off with the kind of subtle, jazzy guitar licks you might find on a later Tom Waits record before opening up into a dissonant, jarring King Crimson-esque groove and then abruptly unleashing a volley of hyper speed blasts whilst Gates taps out dizzying, atonal leads. […] Cactides may be too out-there and amorphous for some, but if you’re partial to prog in any form, the album’s intricate, fluctuating layers and bewilderingly psychedelic feel make it one fascinating trip indeed.” – The Quietus

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Album Review: TITAN TO TACHYONS Cactides – Metal Injection

“Cactides does to progressive stoner metal what Behold… The Arctopus did to tech-death, taking its eccentricities far enough to transcend genres. […] Listening to Titan To Tachyons is like riding a bike, except the bike turns into a cyborg squid and rockets through an avant-garde wormhole.” – Metal Injection

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TITAN TO TACHYONS: Cactides – Blabbermouth.net

“At a time when the outside world seems more menacing and hostile than ever before, Cactides is an album you can crawl into and hibernate from the insanity. Led by relentlessly ingenious guitarist Sally Gates, this avant-metal trio make music that defies the usual laws of melodic physics, slamming angular noise rock, free jazz and monolithic post-metal together in a bewildering shower of malformed, monochrome sparks. […] Fans of psychotic post-metal acts like The Flying Luttenbachers and Cleric should feel perfectly at home amid this riot of amphetamine jazz-punk and feverish sound subversion, but TITAN TO TACHYONS never spend more than a few seconds sounding like anything we’ve heard before. This is a brave, belligerent, eccentric and immersive record that wears its complexity lightly while also being a work of profoundly disturbed/disturbing art. The perfect soundtrack for this year’s sustained clusterfuck, I’d say.” – Dom Lawson, Blabbermouth.net

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“With CactidesTITAN TO TACHYONS have set their controls for the heart of a very alien sun. One can always ponder how instrumental music can actually be “about” something when there are no lyrics, yet with music like this, words might have just gotten in the way of the experience. This isn’t music inspired by the science fiction of Star Wars or The Jetsons, this is closer kin to Stanley Kubrick’s take on Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey or Philip K. Dick’s Valis trilogy. Cactides revels in its weirdness, and the atmosphere it generates is as compelling as the musicianship is astounding.” — Todd Manning, Burning Ambulance

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TITAN TO TACHYONS: Cactides Review – Angry Metal Guy

“Channeling harsh dissonant experimentation through playful, melodic grooves, TITAN TO TACHYONS are the musical equivalent of hard science fiction, their sound designed to puzzle and intrigue.” – Angry Metal Guy

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TITAN TO TACHYONS: BrooklynVegan Streams Cactides Debut From NYC Trio With Current/Former Orbweaver, Secret Chiefs 3, Cleric, And John Zorn Members; LP Out Friday Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

Titan to Tachyons - photo by Brandon Daza
photo by Brandon Daza

New York City-based avant/instrumental metal trio TITAN TO TACHYONS presents their debut album, Cactides. As the album is being prepared to see release through Nefarious Industries this Friday, the entire record is now streaming early at BrooklynVegan, alongside a track-by-track breakdown of the record.

TITAN TO TACHYONS is led by guitarist Sally Gates (ex-Orbweaver, ex-Gigan), backed by the powerhouse rhythm section of drummer Kenny Grohowski (Secret Chiefs 3, Imperial Triumphant, Brand X) and Matt Hollenberg (Cleric, John Zorn) on Bass VI. Instrumentally depicting the realms of surrealistic sci-fi, the band makes use of angular and experimental passages, juxtaposed by fluid grooves and metallic flurries.

On the heels of their first performances around New York City last year, TITAN TO TACHYONS tracked five dense, intense, and expansive movements to create their Cactides debut. Cactides was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, the Thousand Caves (Dysrhythmia, Behold… The Arctopus, Cleric) in Queens, New York, in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. The closing track, “Everybody’s Dead, Dave,” features guest musician Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Secret Chiefs 3) on bass for a structured improvisational piece. The record is completed with artwork and layout by Sally Gates with photos by Karen Jerzyk.

BrooklynVegan is hosting an advance stream of Cactides, which is paired by a track-by-track discussion of each song through the words of founder Sally Gates. The popular web portal writes in part, “If you’re into the out-there sounds of Secret Chiefs 3, John Zorn, and other related stuff in this realm, you may wanna check out this album too.”

Stream TITAN TO TACHYONS’ entire Cactides LP early only at BrooklynVegan RIGHT HERE.

Cactides will see release on LP and all digital platforms through Nefarious Industries this Friday, August 14th. The LP is pressed on bone white and gold vinyl with aqua blue splatter, with a full-color insert in a poly bag, hand numbered, limited to 300 copies.

Find preorders at the Nefarious Industries webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

TITAN TO TACHYONS is planning additional materials and activities surrounding the release of Cactides including an official video, a livestream performance, and much more. Watch for details to post over the days ahead.

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Stream TITAN TO TACHYONS’ debut LP ft. Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn & read a track-by-track breakdown – BrooklynVegan

“If you’re into the out-there sounds of Secret Chiefs 3, John Zorn, and other related stuff in this realm, you may wanna check out this album too.” – BrooklynVegan

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TITAN TO TACHYONS: …From the Tomb 8/10/20: “Violating the paradox of apologetics.” – Grizzly Butts

Review: TITA TO TACHYONS Cactides – The Sleeping Shaman

Cactides is five tracks of dense, precision oriented jazz metal fusion. Whether or not all, or just some, of this forty one minute opus was improvised (notable album closer “Everybody’s Dead, Dave” is the only track specified as improvisational), the result is absolutely beyond a doubt impressive, genius even if you’re one for superlatives. […] To successfully carry this off, to recreate a detailed dystopian, futuristic world through music alone is an amazing achievement…” – The Sleeping Shaman

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TITAN TO TACHYONS: Cactides – Ten Glorious Killers

Cactides is very much built to form another life entirely in a live setting, with plenty of space being made available to explore and improvise. […] The listener can also pick apart a plethora of influences (if you must), whether that is a particular band, or holistic genre traits. The transitions between the parts of the tracks are seamless, and we recall King Crimson’s Lark’s Tongues for reference there. The thundering guitar riff that opens and closes Tycho Magnetic (with its Earth levelling bass) could fit nicely between Asteroid and Supa Scooper on Sky Valley (Kyuss), yet it wouldn’t sound out of place between Outshined and Slaves (Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger). There is a definite funky Primus slap angle to some parts, while there is a warm relationship between the bass and guitar that does not sound a million miles from Flea and Navarro’s chemistry on One Hot Minute. If you listen carefully there is a gentle harmonic used on Starthinker that recalls the post rock band Slint, while after that first riff in Tycho, there is a thoughtful Nothing Else Matters type section. On the very same track a Giant Squid esqe lick transforms the track. All this is wrapped in unmistakeable groove, with energy, a shell of psychedelia, and a lazy NY Jazz swagger.” – Ten Glorious Killers

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TITAN TO TACHYONS: PopMatters Premieres “Earth, And Squidless” From NYC Trio With Current / Former Orbweaver, Secret Chiefs 3, Cleric, And John Zorn Members; Cactides Nears Nefarious Industries Release – Earsplit Compound

Titan to Tachyons - photo by Karen Jerzyk
photo by Karen Jerzyk

New York City-based avant/instrumental metal trio TITAN TO TACHYONS is prepared to release their debut album, Cactides, through Nefarious Industries next week. With the anxiously awaited LP’s street date rapidly approaching, the new single “Earth, And Squidless” infiltrates the public through an exclusive premiere hosted by PopMatters.

TITAN TO TACHYONS is led by guitarist Sally Gates (ex-Orbweaver, ex-Gigan), backed by the powerhouse rhythm section of Kenny Grohowski (Secret Chiefs 3, Imperial Triumphant, Brand X) and Matt Hollenberg (Cleric, John Zorn). Instrumentally depicting the realms of surrealistic sci-fi, the band makes use of angular and experimental passages, juxtaposed by fluid grooves and metallic flurries. On the heels of their first performances around New York City last year, TITAN TO TACHYONS tracked five dense, intense, and expansive movements to create their Cactides debut.

Cactides was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, the Thousand Caves (Dysrhythmia, Behold… The Arctopus, Cleric) in Queens, New York, in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. The closing track, “Everybody’s Dead, Dave,” features guest musician Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Secret Chiefs 3) on bass for a structured improvisational piece. The record is completed with artwork and layout by Sally Gates with photos by Karen Jerzyk.

Offers Gates of new single, “’Earth, And Squidless’ is a little different to the other tracks on the record. It had the fullest band involvement to complete it, and dives further into using improvisation as a composition tool; expanding upon a more minimal set of ideas. Thematically, it explores experiencing uncertain, illusory perceptions of reality, and trying to distinguish between alternate timelines. Musically, this translated into creating vast hypnotic space, with cyclical ostinatos throughout, juxtaposed with driving, upbeat riffs.”

She continues, “The piece was written after Matt had joined – the first live performance of a TITAN‘s song featured Trevor Dunn on bass – and finished shortly before entering the studio. At that point there was a clearer idea of the trio’s sound and capabilities, so it was developed with the full band in mind. Kenny’s input in the studio also helped transform and elevate the final solo, with his very descriptive notes and images. Matt added his own brand of polyrhythmic displacements to the piece, which evolved into the intro. When I first played it for him, I joked that it would be easier than the other songs to learn, as there were only five riffs, in contrast to “The Starthinker Is Obsolete,’ which has roughly thirteen parts). However, it still ended up being just as involved in its own way.”

PopMatters writes with the song’s premiere, “Inspired by surrealistic sci-fi, the collective use their full power on ‘Earth, And Squidless,’ walking the fine line between avant-garde and full-on metallic. If 2020 is a new golden age for experimental (and experiential) metal, TITAN TO TACHYONS stand at the forefront of this new era. Heavy, forward-thinking, and unapologetic, this is a new reality.”

Tap into TITAN TO TACHYONS’ “Earth, And Squidless” at PopMatters RIGHT HERE.

TITAN TO TACHYONS’ Cactides will see release on LP and all digital platforms through Nefarious Industries next Friday, August 14th. The LP is pressed on bone white and gold vinyl with aqua blue splatter, with a full-color insert in a poly bag, hand numbered, limited to 300 copies.

Find preorders at the Nefarious Industries webshop HERE and Bandcamp where “Morphing Machineminds” is playing HERE.

TITAN TO TACHYONS is planning additional materials and activities surrounding the release of Cactides including an official video, a livestream performance, and much more. Watch for details to post over the days ahead.

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TITAN TO TACHYONS’ Experimental Heaviness on Full Display via “Earth, And Squidless” (premiere) – PopMatters

“Inspired by surrealistic sci-fi, the collective use their full power on ‘Earth, And Squidless,’ walking the fine line between avant-garde and full-on metallic. If 2020 is a new golden age for experimental (and experiential) metal, TITAN TO TACHYONS stand at the forefront of this new era. Heavy, forward-thinking, and unapologetic, this is a new reality.” – PopMatters

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TITAN TO TACHYONS: Cactides – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

‪“With their excellent full-length debut Cactides, we can now add TITAN TO TACHYONS to the list of modern purveyors of this stylistic niche, such as Behold… The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia, and Ground Patrol. […] And while it’s definitely cliché to compare a “weird” rock band to Primus at this point, the instrumentation on Cactidesis frequently reminiscent of albums like Antipop. […] But TITAN TO TACHYONS balance their dazzling musical abilities with equally impressive songwriting, which combine to produce an album that you can’t help but surrender your psyche to until the final note rings out.”‬ – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

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AMN Reviews: Titan to Tachyons – Cactides (2020; Nefarious Industries)

Cactides consists of five medium-length instrumental tracks that are influenced by 50 years of metal and progressive rock, rearranged and mutilated for 2020. But Gates and company go beyond the tropes of these genres, incorporating heavy riffing, speed picking, feedback, and arpeggiated chords into unconventional structures and throwing in a dash of open improvisation here and there. […] For anyone who is disappointed by how slowly the heavy metal genre evolves and progresses, look no further than Cactides as a counterexample to that trend. Gates is a major voice, and Cactides could be her breakout appearance. Well done, indeed.” – Avant Music News

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TITAN TO TACHYONS: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Morphing Machineminds” From Cactides LP; NYC Trio With Current/Former Orbweaver, Secret Chiefs 3, Cleric, And John Zorn Members To Release Album In August Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

Titan to Tachyons - photo by Karen Jerzykphotos by Karen Jerzyk

New York City-based avant/instrumental metal trio TITAN TO TACHYONS has completed their debut album, Cactides, which is now confirmed for mid-August release through Nefarious Industries. As the record’s details, and preorders, are issued, the lead track and maiden single, “Morphing Machineminds,” has been released through an exclusive premiere at Decibel Magazine.

Newly formed TITAN TO TACHYONS is led by guitarist Sally Gates (ex-Orbweaver, ex-Gigan), backed by the powerhouse rhythm section of Kenny Grohowski (Secret Chiefs 3, Imperial Triumphant, Brand X) and Matt Hollenberg (Cleric, John Zorn). Instrumentally depicting the realms of surrealistic sci-fi, the band makes use of angular and experimental passages, juxtaposed by fluid grooves and metallic flurries.

On the heels of their first performances around New York City last year, TITAN TO TACHYONS tracked five dense, intense, and expansive movements to create their debut album, Cactides. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, the Thousand Caves (Dysrhythmia, Behold… The Arctopus, Cleric) in Queens, New York, which also coincided with the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. The closing track, “Everybody’s Dead, Dave,” features guest musician Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Secret Chiefs 3) on bass for a structured improvisational piece. The record is completed with artwork and layout by Sally Gates with photos by Karen Jerzyk.

Of “Morphing Machineminds,” Sally Gates offers, “TITAN TO TACHYONS began on a surf beach in New Zealand, with just a notebook in my hands. I started formulating the idea for a new band as a vehicle to explore my own voice and tastes that were evolving; going forward with new concepts, but also circling further back into my roots, tapping into influences that I’d never expressed musically before.

As a largely visually influenced person, I wanted to translate ideas of unsettling and seemingly abstract surrealities, particularly based on the likes of Lynch and Kubrick, into musical themes and textures. sci-fi storylines were often used as a device to map out song structures and dynamics. (To further nerd out here, Dr. Who, Red Dwarf, Phillip K Dick, etc). ‘Morphing Machineminds’ in particular paints an image of Lynch-esque illusions of backwards movement, tied to the idea of a sentient machine malfunctioning and interspersing itself within smoother, almost comical passages.

The writing process for this track traversed three cities in two different countries. After beginning in New Zealand, a lot of these parts were written during the tension and claustrophobia of awaiting hurricanes in Miami. Everything came together after relocating to New York, where I was extremely fortunate to join forces with Matt Hollenberg and Kenny Grohowski. The pair intuitively felt where I was coming from and elevated the music by adding their own highly sophisticated and skilled voices to the mix.”

Decibel writes of the track, “A band featuring current and former members of Orbweaver, Gigan, Secret Chiefs 3, Imperial Triumphant, Cleric, and John Zorn promises to be weird and TITAN TO TACHYONS does not disappoint… Take opening track ‘Morphing Machineminds’ as an example – the track is all over the place with its ideas and tempo, but TITAN TO TACHYONS never go off the rails.”

Stream TITAN TO TACHYONS’ “Morphing Machineminds” only at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Cactides will see release on LP and all digital platforms on Friday, August 14th. The LP is pressed on bone white and gold vinyl with aqua blue splatter, with a full-color insert in no-flap poly bag, hand numbered, limited to 300 copies.

Find preorders at the Nefarious Industries webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Watch for additional audio, video, and more from the album to be issued over the coming weeks.

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Cactides Track Listing:
1. Morphing Machineminds
2. The Starthinker is Obsolete
3. Tycho Magnetic
4. Earth, and Squidless
5. Everybody’s Dead, Dave

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Track Premiere: TITAN TO TACHYONS ‘Morphing Machineminds’ – Decibel Magazine

“A band featuring current and former members of Orbweaver, Gigan, Secret Chiefs 3, Imperial Triumphant, Cleric, and John Zorn promises to be weird and TITAN TO TACHYONS does not disappoint. Led by guitarist Sally Gates (ex-Orbweaver, ex-Gigan), the trio blast through six minutes of off-kilter heaviness that is equal parts melodic and dissonant. Take opening track “Morphing Machineminds” as an example—the track is all over the place with its ideas and tempo, but TITAN TO TACHYONS never go off the rails.” – Decibel Magazine

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TITAN TO TACHYONS: Nefarious Industries Welcomes NYC Avant Metal Trio Featuring Former/Current Members Of Orbweaver, Secret Chiefs 3, Cleric, John Zorn, And More – Earsplit Compound

Titan to Tachyons - photo by Karen Jerzyk
[photos by Karen Jerzyk]

Newly formed trio TITAN TO TACHYONS has joined the ever-expanding Nefarious Industries roster for the release of the band’s impending debut album late this spring.

TITAN TO TACHYONS is led by guitarist Sally Gates (ex-Orbweaver, ex-Gigan), backed by the powerhouse rhythm section of Kenny Grohowski (Secret Chiefs 3, Imperial Triumphant, Brand X) and Matt Hollenberg (Cleric, John Zorn). Instrumentally depicting the realms of surrealistic sci-fi, the band makes use of angular and experimental passages, juxtaposed by fluid grooves and metallic flurries.

On the heels of their first performances in their home base of New York City last year, the trio tracked a debut album at Colin Marston’s Menegroth, the Thousand Caves. The album features guest musician Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Secret Chiefs 3) on bass for a structured improvisational piece.

See two TITAN TO TACHYONS multi-camera live tracks HERE.

Watch for full details on TITAN TO TACHYONS’ debut to be announced in the weeks ahead, and new live performances to be posted regularly throughout the year.

TITAN TO TACHYONS Live:
3/10/2020 NuBlu 151 – New York, NY w/ Kilter

TITAN TO TACHYONS:
Sally Gates – guitar
Matt Hollenberg – bass VI
Kenny Grohowski – drums

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