“…everything from metallic hardcore to prog-metal to post-hardcore…” – No Echo
Stream Equivocator HERE.
No Echo is hosting an exclusive stream of the eponymous debut EP from EQUIVOCATOR, the new metallic hardcore duo formed by members of East Of The Wall, The Postman Syndrome, and more, ahead of the record’s release this Friday on Nefarious Industries.
When 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 formed. Lupo has also contributed to The Dillinger Escape Plan, High Level (the soundtrack to Rob Sheridan’s graphic novel via Federal Prisoner Records), and So Is The Tongue.
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.
With three explosive songs that introduce the band’s sound, Equivocator arrives with an amalgam of metallic and angular hardcore, 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.
Lupo delves into the inception and creation of Equivocator at No Echo’s feature, writing in part, “These three songs took a ton of effort, and I learned so much throughout the process. I rewrote, re-recorded, re-amped, and re-mixed dozens of times. I enlisted some help from Steve Alexander Ryan of The Black Queen to really help me zero in on a few things, and of course Chris lent his ear and advice many times as well. I am super proud of the result and psyched for people to hear it.”
No Echo writes with the EP stream, "Matt Lupo and Chris Alfano both bleed heavy music," describing how the songs, "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."
Stream EQUIVOCATOR’s debut EP early now at No Echo RIGHT HERE.
Nefarious Industries will release Equivocator on limited cassette and all digital platforms this Friday, September 22nd. Find preorders, presaves, merch at the label webshop HERE.