This review is from: Champions (Audio CD)
apparently this kind of music is called math rock. this has something to do with the bands using complicated time signatures, or something. i think the phrase math rock is stupid, but the general idea is 'hey, we're so talented that our music is unlistenable. yay.'
still, it's interesting. there are some slightly odd bits on this album (when i first heard it i was a little perplexed by the ridiculously out of key lead guitar breaks in the first track), but i wouldn't let that put you off - if you give it time the sound begins to make sense. they veer easily from the ferocious to the cautiously melodic; from pummeling crescendos with drums clattering like machine guns, thrashing guitars and screamed vocals, to the gentle swell of clean guitar chords and some neat vocal harmonies.
they pretty quickly won me over, but i would not blame you if you found their ceaseless complexity alienating, or even annoying. it's not so much that they're too 'out there,' more that that is exactly what they seem to be aiming for. this is a seriously talented band, and that fact will not be lost on you, but perhaps they are too talented (or too eager to show it) for their own good. nonetheless, in terms of both tune and rhythm the songs on this album are pretty adventurous, and it is well worth a listen. you need to concentrate on it, but it will reward you.