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The Algorithm — Brute Force

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★☆☆ This album starts off feeling like a less compelling, emotionally vacant synth demo cover of Chimp Scanner. The chiptune stuff is at least different than what I’m used to hearing in our genre (which works, from a metalcore-adjacent standpoint). That said, and I never thought I’d say this: knowing upfront how electronic this work is… just makes the drums’ “virtuosity” feel completely pointless. But once you reach the title track, the arrangement and composition ease up on the accelerator a bit, and the relative airiness of the last half of the album redeems the first.