New Jersey’s Toothgrinder impresses
BY AUSTIN VICARS
New Jersey’s progressive metal band with an aggressive edge, Toothgrinder, is becoming one of the genre’s best young groups. The band is reminiscent to bands like Between The Buried and Me, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge; a chaotic and heavy weighted sound is displayed in their tracks. The use of odd time signatures, constantly changing song structure and harsh vocals gives Toothgrinder a unique sound.
The band caught the attention of metal-heads when they released their EP “Schizophrenic Jubilee” at the end of last year, and they are geared to release a full-length album soon.
After a show in Grand Rapids, vocalist Justin Matthews said, “We’re going in with about 18 to 19 songs,” talking about the future record. “[We’re] probably going to pick the best 12 out of those.”
The band is hitting the studio with producer Taylor Larson (Periphery, Capture the Crown, Darkest Hour and I, The Breather) in April. There has been no announced release date for the upcomingalbum, but fans will most likely see the record hit stores and the Internet later this year.
Toothgrinder recently finished a tour with Fallujah, Revocation and The Contortionist and is geared up to go on tour again in May with 36 Crazyfists and Sleepwave.
Translating the energetic music to a live show is expressed well. The band demonstrated their energetic live stage presence at The Intersection in Grand Rapids as a part of their latest tour on Feb. 27. Matthews was lively and involved, running around stage and jumping into the crowd several times. Despite being the opening band of the tour, Toothgrinder received a strong response from the crowd for their quality songs and live show.
The group had a successful 2014, and this year is looking to make it even better. Appealing to both progressive metal and hardcore fans, metal band enthusiasts are going to need to keep an eye open for New Jersey’s Toothgrinder in 2015.