[photo by Natalie Newbold]
New Noise Magazine is now streaming “Quadrivium,” the new single from exploratory/technical rock duo GEMATRIA, as the band prepares for the release of their eponymous debut EP via Nefarious Industries next week.
GEMATRIA is a collaboration between Ray Suhy (Six Feet Under, Cannabis Corpse, ex-East Of The Wall) and Steve Honoshowsky (Daughter Vision, Billy Martin’s Fang Percussion, No Use For Humans). Delivering a hypnotically riveting, intricately crafted, wholly singular progressive sound, GEMATRIA employs the mystical numerical system of Gematria, in the creation of new compositional structures, rhythms, and melodies.
With the new single, Suhy remarks, “This was the second song that Steve and I collaborated on for this project. We titled it ‘Quadrivium,’ which is the study of four arts developed in medieval times (arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy). These subjects have always been intertwined creatively for us and played a big part in the writing of this record. This track features a spiraling, chromatic melody that is contrasted by some brighter sounding solo sections. Steve plays some great bass parts on this song!”
Honoshowsky states, “I composed the melody of this song after meditating on the Sefer Yetzirah symbol. The symbol is an equilateral triangle surrounded by a seven-pointed star that is surrounded by a twelve-pointed star. Coincidentally, the symbol in sacred geometry applied to music is chromatic.”
Hear GEMATRIA’s “Quadrivium” through New Noise Magazine at THIS LOCATION.
Nefarious Industries will release Gematria on all digital platforms and limited CD next Friday, October 19th; find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE, and see the previously-released “Star Death” video RIGHT HERE.
The songs on Gematria were composed by using elements of gematria, a Qabbalistic numerological system of relating words to numbers, and the writings of Aleister Crowley to help generate rhythmic and melodic ideas. The tracks were initially conceived by Honoshowsky in his home studio using synths and electric percussion as well as heavily effected electric bass and guitars. Suhy then wrote melodies and textures over these tracks utilizing a chromatic, jazz-like approach to his parts while utilizing spitting, fuzzy guitar tones. The duo then entered Retromedia Studios in Red Bank, New Jersey to record guitars and mix and master the EP with Adam Vacarrelli, and Michael DelGrasso supplies a guest guitar solo to the track “Hyades.”
Watch for additional audio premieres from Gematria to be issued in the days ahead and expect live shows to be announced soon.