Published Jul 11, 2018Rochester, NY's CHRMR consist of former and current members of Sulaco and Burn Everything. However, CHRMR take a different approach. Rather than the death metal/grind/hardcore leanings of those bands, CHRMR combine sludgy post-metal and noise rock in a way that's equal parts angst-driven and beautifully emotive.
Their new record, Respective Orbits, follows their 2017 self-titled debut EP and showcases the band's penchant for layering dark, angry tones with airy melodies. Fuzzy, dense riffs anchor the release, starting with "Fits," which features varying patterns. "Thermals" slows the pace, while the vocals reach soaring heights that verge on '90s alternative rock territory. The contrast of the clean vocals with heavy rhythms works particularly well on "58 Rue Madame" and "Bleeder," while "Cold Star" has a more abrasive, unhinged quality.
The release ends with the ethereal "Laugh," which features graceful, shoegaze-esque guitars that juxtapose the track's gloomy atmosphere. Respective Orbits is a divergent, emotional and unpredictable journey, and a solid release from the promising CHRMR. (Independent)