SCIENTIST — featuring Eric Plonka (EX founding member of yakuza) on guitar/vox with 7guitarist/vocalist Patrick Auclair (ex Taken By The Sun), drummer Justin Cape (ex Taken By The Sun), and bassist Mathew Milligan (Making Ghosts) — draw heavily from the Windy City’s long-running tradition of experimental metal. The band members themselves describe their sound as “architectural metal.” Were listeners to ponder this description alongside the band’s sound, they would imagine twisted beams, exposed glass diagonals, and post-apocalyptic concrete blocks with a decaying skyline and crimson horizon in the distance. If SCIENTIST‘s sound is architectural, it is doubtless an experimental edifice. With their second full-length, 10100II00101, the adventurousness the band displayed on their debut album has now gone thoroughly and beautifully haywire adding guest vocalists to the mix venturing away from their mostly instrumental past.
10100II00101 will be released on CD and digitally via the band’s official BandCamp page on December 11, 2015 and on double LP via Hell Comes Home Records at a later date.
"(Scientist) have created a sprawling, sludgy expansive record for fans of Remission era Mastodon and Neurosis, this album could be up there with some of sludge metals finest" -louder than war
"Storming opener “The Singularity” distils the key elements of this record into five and a half minutes. Chittering harmonics give way to the sledgehammer impact of furious, frantic riffing moving into anthemic sludge and finishing with an epic post-metal flourish. Imagine the best bits of American Heritage, Clutch and ISIS delivered with the seismic impact of Mastodon’s “Remission”. “1010II0101” is a pioneering piece of research at the cutting edge of riff technology that demands your attention"
"Scientist eschew the expected post-metal template for more of an experimental hardcore laced with sludge and faint traces of industrial. It's not a million miles from the type of stuff Southern Lord is putting out these days, but it walks a fine enough line between open sourced collaboration and "too many cooks" that it squeaked into my year end best of listjuuuuuust under the deadline"
"10100II00101, a sort of a super album with contributions in one way or another from bands such as Yakuza, Corrections House, The Atlas Moth, Taken By The Sun, Eyehategod, and a few others. Genre-wise, there is no solid way of describing it; you get a little bit of everything – kind of like a supreme pizza. A supreme Chicago-style pizza (because they’re all from Chicago). And if you’re a sane, rational person, you fucking love pizza"
- we make ovr u's V's becavse we're kvlt.
Dr. Fisting calls(scientist) “the loudest band I’ve ever heard in a club” have offered unto the world a palindromically-titled album that’s a darling of search engine optimization but a demon for memorability. Yet for all their faux-mystery, the Chicago experimental metal outfit’s output is just as enigmatic as their moniker; an effects-swamped bouquet of sludgy riffing, hoarse roars and buzzing electronics. Somewhere in between the distinctive riffing of Leviathan-era Mastodon and the melodic sensinbility of Yellow/Green Baroness, Scientist took a turn into deeper water, dredging up this sophomore effort of self-described “Architectural Metal.”...
-very much informed by Pink Floyd‘s forays into ambient music, with some Gilmour-esque noodling.
-angry metal guy
"As anthemic as it is mind boggling 10100II00101 is a brilliantly put together work that simply flows, and with that in mind the band has been able to carry me off to distant lands and embrace a bold and unique new future for the music that we love......
- No other band in the world is delivering music like this right now,....
- a crucial step forward for a genre that so often feels sterilized and held back.
-Matt Bacon from metal injection