Came across this group due to my love of other Kenny Grohowski-affiliated projects (Abraxas, Imperial Triumphant, SC3) and instantly fell in love. Came for the Tycho Magnetic grooves, stayed for the Starthinker is Obsolete. Never heard melodies quite like these!
"Cactides" gets way out there real quick. Fusion-jazz informed prog metal with some seriously challenging psychedelic guitar runs (how many metal releases can call on both early Al DiMeola and "Live/Dead" as guitar tone touchpoints?). I'm also always huge fan of anything including Kenny Grohowski & he once again puts on a drumming clinic. So if you are a metalhead who may also have an equal love for The Mahavishnu Orchestra & "On The Corner" then this is the record for your jazzmetal soul.
Favorite track: Tycho Magnetic.
So much spooky, groovy, complicated, and loud fun to be had. Many points of reference but the music blasts off in all directions from them. Unlike most metal or metal-adjacent music there's no attempt to colour within the lines of certain tropes, everything is very confidently itself. Joy plus freshness!
Favorite track: Everybody's Dead, Dave.
i listened to Cactides twice back-to-back and bought it soon after. a field recording of outer dimensions, realms of warped metal and cosmic avant-garde. at times soaring delirious like early UFO, or a space metal Tortoise, but T3 aren’t derivative in the slightest.
Favorite track: Everybody's Dead, Dave.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
This is so fucking awesome. I've loved bungle for so long for so many reasons. And when I heard about this re-release I had to be peeled off the ceiling. The only way i could be happier is if they re-released Disco Volante as well. That album was pure genius for different reasons. But thats Bungle for you. No two albums sound the same. This release shows how amazingly far ahead of the metal curve they were even waaayyyy back then. Mr. Bungle has influenced so many artists. Long live Mr. Bungle! DeKremp