Boomkat Product Review:
If you're a fan of Bay Area '80s thrash, Fantomas or John Zorn's Naked City prepare for a treat here. The Mass are a fearsome fusion of awkward time changes, pummeling bass riffs and copious amounts of saxophone,.. "The Mass is an angular four-piece band from Oakland, California comprising Matt Waters (sax / vocals), Matthew Solberg (bass - also plays guitar in From Monument to Masses), Tom O'Donnell (guitar) and Tyler Cox (drums). The band play dynamic, stop-on-a-dime music that gallops through a variety of styles, incorporating math-rock, punk/ jazz saxophone and huge metal riffs with grindcore vocals that range from high-pitched screams to deep guttural growls and unearthly howls. Tracks such as 'Trapped Under A Ice' and 'We Enslaved Elves To Build Our Death Machine' are epic trawls through ever-shifting landscapes of squalling saxophone, drifting art-rock drones and crushing guitar. Despite the varied nature of their music, the songs somehow remain cohesive and even melodic."