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Album Review

After a glitchy opening track, "Ambassadors of All That Is Good," that makes Drugs to the Dear Youth sound at first like some form of ambient turntablism exercise, the second album by Tera Melos turns into a fairly standard take on the more aggressive side of instrumental post-rock experimentalism. Jagged spurts of alternately fuzz-toned and crystalline guitar, willfully odd time-signature changes, and a drummer playing like Billy Cobham on a dozen espressos occasionally makes Drugs to the Dear Youth a bit of a trial for all but the devoted fans of the style. But except for the eight-minute epic "40 Roads to the Hog's Head," the central California four-piece wisely keep their experimental excursions concise enough to set and briefly explore a particular guitar sound or fractured groove before setting off on an entirely different path. Strictly for the math rock enthusiast, but anyone who thinks Don Caballero and Cap'n Jazz are the best bands they'll ever will find much to enjoy here.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic album

Great album, this album opened my ears to a whole new type of music. Great for a long car ride....

Well done

A great math rock album that incorporates and defines what it's all about

This is what started it all.

Tera Melos has been my favorite band that has changed the way I listen to music throughout the last number of years, and it all started with this album. I probably listened to it over 50 times on repeat, not only because it is a relatively short album, but also because the more you listen to it, the more you get out of it (and this goes for all of Tera Melos’ albums). Even today I am still finding small details within this album that blow my mind, and that I never noticed before. This will forever be one of my favorite albums, and favorite bands. I highly recommend it.


Formed: Sacramento, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Melding the aggression of punk with the technical intricacies of prog rock, Tera Melos use jerky shifts in time signatures and disjointed guitar noodling bearing a close resemblance to Don Caballero and Hella. Like their counterparts in complicated rock, finger-tapped guitar parts are the centerpiece, complemented by angular bass riffs and splintered spazz-jazz drumming, but contrasting dynamics are a bigger focus of the band's songs, with ambient electronics and sparse vocal lines occasionally incorporated...
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