Tera Melos – X’ed Out (2013)
Tera Melos are an experimental rock band from California.
X’ed Out is their fourth album and I’ve listened to it a few times now, but I honestly still have no idea what to make of it!
As a band, they are like a sponge taking in all different genres; the two most prominent are math rock and noise. New Chlorine sounds like it could be Sonic Youth, while Slimed sounds similar to Ruins. There are other influences as well, Sunburn begins with an almost Barbara Ann vocal riff, and indeed has a fairly surf style throughout.
I think if you had an interest in experimental rock, Tera Melos would be a great band to check out; really pushing some boundaries without being unlistenable. Math rock and noise are constant themes and it is done extremely well. As I said, I’ve listened to the album a number of times and am still trying to get my head around it; it may take a few more to fully appreciate X’ed Out, but I think I like it, and for now, that’s fine with me.
Favourite tracks: New Chlorine, Until Lufthansa, Slimed