Dematerialize don’t sound like they mess around. They get right to their point as a band, which they themselves quip rests with “AGGRESSIVE CHUGS, MELODIC SWEEPS, AND ATMOSPHERIC KEYS THAT MERCILESSLY POUND THE LISTENER INTO SUBMISSION.” They’re the perfect band if you’re into metalcore and deathcore — and all of the related genre descriptors — but want something new and fresh. From a point of standing on that familiar base, they jump right into chaos, noise — and even some atmosphere via expertly placed synths on their debut single “Ephemeral,” out now.
These features are pretty intentional, they explain. They know their direction, which strengthens their sound along the way. “We like our songs to hit hard, yet still sound modern and clean incorporating all these crazy sounding vibes,” they explain.
Vocalist Stephen Jinga adds: “We really like stuff that grooves and shreds, but we also like it to be interesting and technical. Combined with our deathcore style vocals it makes for a nice blend of multiple styles and genres. We recorded everything ourselves for our first EP which allowed for us to make many revisions before we sent everything off for mixing and mastering.”
That self-titled EP drops December 7, 2018, via Famined Records, years after the band first began to germinate back in 2012. If their present offering proves any indication, that EP will pack wild but captivating extremes. There’s no apparent holding back here.
“We all like incorporating these chaotic elements into our songs,” they say. “It just sounds crazy and helps to keep things interesting. Playing around with weird synths and crazy guitar sweeps and harmonies allows us to put our own unique spin on the heavy music genre.”
In the meantime, the band’s process really cuts to the core of what gives tons of great music its place at all, one might say — personality. The practical side of their control of the recording process and their broader drive that made them ever want to record fit together.
That focus extends down to some more specifics of the album, Jinga explains. His lyrics emerge in conjunction with the band’s music, not as an overwhelming drummed up force.
“We tend to write lyrics based off the instrumentals,” he says. “For instance, our more heavier songs tend to have darker lyrics (DOOM / The Insomniac) while the more atmospheric songs are less pissed off and more objective topics (Ephemeral / Sonder).”
Their broad and unified dynamics running through these elements allow Dematerialize to focus on a key point — they really like what they’re doing.
“We love mixing synths and keys into all the chugs and sweeps,” they say. “It just adds this whole new atmospheric layer to our songs that you might not expect to hear in music as intense as ours. Plus, it’s just fun to listen to which when we get right down to it is what we hope listeners experience when they check us out.”
Listen to Ephemeral below