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When New Jersey multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter Matt Lupo (East of the Wall, Stronds, Opul, The Postman Syndrome) made the decision to mount an excursion into hostile sonic territory, he tapped East of the Wall bandmate Chris Alfano (ex-NY in 64, ex-Day Without Dawn, The Postman Syndrome) to carry the flag on vocals, and EQUIVOCATOR was born.
EQUIVOCATOR explores some of the more abrasive realms: angular and dissonant, blasting and breaking. Predominantly an aggressive venture, the project finds occasional footing on melodic ground, with a rare but welcome harmonic layer. It may sometimes feel like familiar territory, but EQUIVOCATOR is not so straightforward.
Barely harnessing three songs to introduce the band’s sound, EQUIVOCATOR arrives with an explosive amalgam of post-hardcore and progressive metal, taking the heaviest elements of its creators’ other acts to even more aggressive and forward-thinking levels, while delivering a record that fans that have followed these two artists since The Postman Syndrome’s acclaimed debut will immediately embrace
EQUIVOCATOR sees all lead vocals written, performed, and recorded by Chris Alfano, and all instruments, programming, additional vocals, and other recording handled by Matthew Lupo. The EP was mixed by Steven Alexander Ryan (The Black Queen) and Lupo, mastered by Nicholas Zampiello at New Alliance East (A Wilhelm Scream, Merzbow, Pelican), and completed with artwork and layout by Andrew Notsch.
"...powerful, layered […] sonic wallop from the pair Matthew Lupo (East of the Wall, Stronds, Opul, The Postman Syndrome) and East of the Wall bandmate Chris Alfano (ex-NY In 64, ex-Day Without Dawn, The Postman Syndrome)." - Decibel Magazine
"Matt Lupo and Chris Alfano both bleed heavy music. This is obvious if you're familiar with any of the bands they've played in throughout the years, but even if you aren't, EQUIVOCATOR will do the trick. Based in New Jersey, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter Lupo (East of the Wall, Stronds, Opul, The Postman Syndrome) and vocalist Alfano (ex-NY In 64, ex-Day Without Dawn, The Postman Syndrome) journey into everything from metallic hardcore to prog-metal to post-hardcore in the EQUIVOCATOR songwriting soup. There's nothing here held down by genre constraints." - No Echo