Cell Press – Cell Press


Artist: Cell Press

Album: Cell Press

Label: No Funeral Records and Ancient Temple Recordings

Release Date: 27/11/2020

Country: Canada

Let’s start the day with something a lot louder, more aggressive and fast paced in the form of Cell Press and their self titled debut EP, which drops tomorrow through No Funeral Records and Ancient Temple Recordings, in partnership with Asher Media Relations.

If you aren’t familiar with Cell Press, you’re not alone because I only came across them recently myself. The band are relatively new to the scene having formed in 2019. The band is Sean Arsenian (guitar and vocals), Mark McGee (drums), PQ (vocals) and Joey Cormier (bass). They play a blend of harsh noise, grindcore, noise rock, punk, groove and sludge with plenty of genre defying and experimental elements.

The EP was actually recorded pre Covid at Boxcar Sound Recording Studio. The band also managed to draw in some impressive names in the production department, drawing in Sean Pearson (Cursed, Shallow ND, Fiftywatthead). Mixing was done by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City, Town Portal, Great Falls) and mastering by: Carl Saff (Ken Mode, Blacklisters, Fu Manchu, Childbite). The fantastic album art is courtesy of Wurmzilla.

The band actually made a pretty fantastic statement summing up the EP and their overall sound and style as a band, “This EP sorta sums up what we’re about at this particular moment. Genre people might not be satisfied with our lack of adherence to any one sound for too long but we didn’t make these songs for those sorts of people. This might not be metal enough or noise rock enough or sludge enough or whatever, but we’re the kinda guys who get bored real fast, so there’s some channel surfing going on here. That said, we wrapped up all these ideas with burlap and tied it with razor wire. Hopefully, fans of ugly music will appreciate what we’ve done here as an introduction to the band and anticipate whatever else is coming down the pipe from us.”

The album features 5 tracks and comes in at 24:18, kicking off with Piss Police. You immediately see what the band means about making ‘ugly’ music, things are harsh and chaotic. However underneath the chaos there is a definite rhythm and groove present. The vocals are halfway between shrieked and barked and add plenty of energy to the music. The guitar and bass work is fantastic, presenting us with some truly memorable riffs and some highly audible bass lines. Overall, this is a solid introduction to who Cell Press are.

Track 2 Desert Breath doesn’t leap into the mess as quickly, taking a few seconds to warm up, but once it does things hit hard. The vocals on this track are much more grindcore influenced and are harsh as hell, shifting between more guttural barked vocals and raw shrieks. The blend of punk and grind energy is unrelenting, rolling over the listener. Around the 2-minute mark we get some reprieve from the momentum on the song, but that shifts us instead into a heavy sludge style segment.

Track 3 Blacked Out in Verdum is another mover, being high energy but less harsh and heavy than track 2. This one is a good mix of punk/hardcore and groove with plenty of noise and sludge elements as far as the instrumental work is concerned. We get some pretty catchy riffs throughout the song. The vocals are more powerful than harsh, I mean they’re still pretty damn harsh but they’re more about force and energy in this track than being harsh and raw as in the last song.

Track 4 Dead at OACI is a little slower in the energy department but makes up for it in aggression and rawness. The track leans a little more into the sludge side of things, having a constant heaviness to, which is complimented by just how shrieked the vocals are. It feels like there’s a bit of that southern sludge groove to the track from bands such as Weedeater and Buzzoven, but with a bit more technicality to the music.

Track 5 My Son Will No the Truth brings us to the end of the album but takes its time to do so, coming in at 11:40 and making it by far the longest song on the EP. The track is a completely different genre to the rest of the album and gives us some fantastic atmosphere. What we get is a mix of dark ambient and noise with a meandering drumline. There are parts that could be classified as harsh noise in the mix and others where we get reverb and feedback. Overall, the track is somewhat unsettling with the blend of mysterious sounds and silences. The band have created a fantastic soundscape here and found an interesting way to contrast the rest of the EP.

Overall, this is a truly solid EP and a fantastic introduction to Cell Press. This is a band that I can see going places, they have a unique sound, they’re uncompromising in their vision of their music and they delivered an impressively polished debut EP. If you’re a fan of genre defying music or harsh and raw music with underlying groove, then this will probably be for you.

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