Listening to The Beast of Left and Right, the debut full length from Lazer/Wulf, is absolutely enthralling. It seems impossible that just three people created this hydra of prog, math rock and metal.
Jagged riffs from both guitarist Bryan Aiken and bassist Sean Peiffer drive these nine songs, while octopus-limbed drummer Brad Rice keeps the percussion interesting without being a distraction. Vocal parts are few and far between, only really coming in when an additional element is deemed necessary to make the song complete. There is no way in hell to tell which way these songs are gonna turn; “A Conflict of Memory” starts rather subdued, but near the end reveals even the softest of beasts still have claws; “Beast Reality (Center Piece)” wouldn’t sound out of place on an Exotic Animal Petting Zoo record; “Choose Again (Left Path)” is darker and more violent than its brother to the right. Then, for those of us who wish bands could emulate Botch and not royally fuck it up, there’s “Who Were The Mound Builders,” which swings from mathcore to Ghost Reveries-era Opeth and back with ease.
Lazer/Wulf absolutely kill. If you pass on this aptly named Beast, it will be one of the worst mistakes you make musically this year.
The Beast of Left and Right is out now on Retro Futurist Records.
Rating: 5/5 Stars