NJ progressive metal legion East Of The Wall share their non-metal influences on their ripping, forthcoming new full-length, “NP-Complete” with Decibel Magazine.
East Of The Wall
NP – Complete
March 29, 2019
Translation Loss Records
New Jersey progressive metal outfit East Of The Wall return after 6 years with their most potent release to date titled, NP-Complete. 8 new songs, all serpentining through genre boundaries, and delivering seismic yet delicate vitality, NP-Complete distances East of the Wall from modern metalcore without abandoning the group’s progressive slant, instead leveraging adventurous new angles. It’s a cavernous, intricate labyrinth for you to stumble into and lose yourself in.
Every East of the Wall full-length, now five and counting, has had a major lineup change roughly at the midpoint of the writing sessions. Constant change seems coded into the band’s very DNA. The fourth LP, Redaction Artifacts, saw perhaps the most seismic shift in East of the Wall’s structure when longtime guitarist/melodic vocalist Kevin Conway and founding bassist Brett Bamberger took their leave. As a result, guitarist/main “aggressive” vocalist Chris Alfano moved to bass, and new members Greg Kuter (guitar, main melodic vocals) and Ray Suhy (guitar) joined.
During the writing sessions for the newest album, NP-Complete, Ray departed in order to focus on his other musical endeavors, and East of the Wall experimented with a two-guitar/four-piece configuration for the first time since its instrumental days a decade prior. While the exit of a single six-stringer wouldn’t seem as meaningful as the personnel change that occurred previously, the more sparse instrumentation allowed the band to experiment more with dynamics and space now that there was one fewer cook in the kitchen.
The result was a less chaotic approach, not as hell-bent on cramming in every possible note in each measure. The music could breathe, which allowed the group to more carefully refine the material. Conscious choices were made about which motifs would be focal points and which would be textures. Vocal sections would be more confidently “about” the vocals, but conversely, instrumental passages would be more proudly voice-free.
Near the end of the album’s completion, East of the Wall realized that in NP-Complete they had created their densest, most layered collection of songs. And while the resulting output was something special, the songs would be a bit of a bear to actually pull off live with a mere four musicians. New guitarist Matt Keys, from longtime scenemates A Fucking Elephant, was brought in to assist, completing the lineup that included Alfano and Kuter in addition to longtime drummer Seth Rheam and original second guitarist/sometime melodic vocalist Matt Lupo.
After all this transition, East of the Wall’s sound has looped back around to be more reminiscent of its first album, Farmer’s Almanac, or to harken back even further to its members’ spiritual predecessor bands like The Postman Syndrome, Day Without Dawn, and F44:876. NP-Completedistances East of the Wall from modern metalcore without abandoning the group’s progressive slant, instead leveraging adventurous new angles. It’s a cavernous, intricate labyrinth for you to stumble into and lose yourself in.
1. Tell Them I’m Sorry
2. Fast-Bang Pooper Doop
3. The Almost People
4. Somn 6
6. Clapping on the Ones and Threes
7. N of 1
8. Non-Functional Harmony
East Of The Wall is:
Seth Rheam: Drums
Chris Alfano: Bass, Vocals, and Synths
Greg Kuter: Guitar and Vocals
Matt Keys: Guitar and Synths
Matt Lupo: Guitar, Trumpet, Vocals, and Synths
Drums recorded by John Ferrara at Portrait Recording Studios (May 2017)
All other instruments recorded by Chris Alfano at Volume Fact. (June 2017 – May 2018)
Mixed by Scott Evans at Antisleep Audio (August – September 2018)
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (September – October 2018)
Artwork by Bryan Olson, layout design by Jacob Speis
Promotional photos by Scott Kinkade
Release formats via Translation Loss Records:
2xLP – Version 1:
Royal Blue with Heavy Silver Splatter (limited to 150 copies)
2xLP – Version 2:
Purple and Royal Blue Merge with Heavy Silver and Mustard Splatter (limited to 100 copies)
Digital available across all platforms
Live show dates:
Feb 27 – Long Branch, NJ @ Brighton Bar w/ Disparager, Zvi
Apr 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds w/ Marching Teeth, Disparager
Apr 14 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Brewery w/ Hundreds of Au, Low Light
Web – http://www.eastofthewall.com/