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East Of The Wall is (L-R): Matt Lupo: guitar/synths/trumpet/vocals, Matt Keys: guitar/synths, Chris Alfano: bass/guitar/synths/vocals, Greg Kuter: guitar/vocals, Seth Rheam: drums.



Biography

Every East of the Wall full-length, now five and counting, has had a major lineup change roughly at the midpoint of the writing sessions. I’m not sure why – maybe the guys defiled a tomb. Regardless, constant change seems coded into the band’s very DNA. The fourth LP, Redaction Artifacts, saw perhaps the most seismic shift in East of the Wall’s structure when longtime guitarist/melodic vocalist Kevin Conway and founding bassist Brett Bamberger took their leave. As a result, guitarist/main “aggressive” vocalist Chris Alfano moved to bass, and new members Greg Kuter (guitar, main melodic vocals) and Ray Suhy (guitar) joined.

During the writing sessions for the newest album, NP-Complete, Ray departed in order to focus on his other musical endeavors, and East of the Wall experimented with a two-guitar/four-piece configuration for the first time since its instrumental days a decade prior. While the exit of a single six-stringer wouldn’t seem as meaningful as the personnel change that occurred previously, the more sparse instrumentation allowed the band to experiment more with dynamics and space now that there was one fewer cook in the kitchen.

The result was a less chaotic approach, not as hell-bent on cramming in every possible note each measure. The music could breathe, which allowed the group to more carefully refine the material. Conscious choices were made about which motifs would be focal points and which would be textures. Vocal sections would be more confidently “about” the vocals, but conversely, instrumental passages would be more proudly voice-free.

Near the end of the album’s completion, East of the Wall realized that in NP-Complete they had created their densest, most layered collection of songs. And while the resulting output was something special, the songs would be a bit of a bear to actually pull off live with a mere four musicians. New guitarist Matt Keys, from longtime scenemates A Fucking Elephant, was brought in to assist, completing the lineup that included Alfano and Kuter in addition to longtime drummer Seth Rheam and original second guitarist/sometime melodic vocalist Matt Lupo.
Oddly enough, after all this transition, East of the Wall’s sound has looped back around to be more reminiscent of its first album, Farmer’s Almanac, or to harken back even further to its members’ spiritual predecessor bands like The Postman Syndrome, Day Without Dawn, and F44:876. NP-Complete distances East of the Wall from modern metalcore without abandoning the group’s progressive slant, instead leveraging adventurous new angles. It’s a cavernous, intricate labyrinth for you to stumble into and lose yourself in.

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Discography

NP-Complete, 2019 (Translation Loss)
split with Cryptodira (EP)
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2015 (Epistemic)
Redaction Artifacts
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2013 (Translation Loss)
The Apologist, 2011 (Translation Loss)
Ressentiment, 2010 (Translation Loss)
split with Rosetta and Year Of No Light (EP), 2009 (Translation Loss/Vega Vinyl/Denovali)
Farmer’s Almanac, 2008 (Forgotten Empire)
East Of The Wall (EP), 2006

Video Interviews

Scene But Not Herd – March, 2012
jasonfreakinbang – March, 2012
American Aftermath
– November, 2011

Audio Interviews

TBD – TBD

Text Interviews

Pure Grain Audio – August, 2014
Pure Grain Audio – June, 2014
The Aquarian – April, 2013
Metal Titans – March, 2012
The Aquarian – March, 2012
Blow The Scene
– January, 2012
NPR – November, 2011
Cvlt Nation – November, 2011
Slug Mag – November, 2011
American Aftermath
– December, 2010
Metal Underground – July, 2010
Gravedigger Magazine – April, 2010
Sea Of Tranquility – March 7th, 2009
The Ripple Effect – December 21st, 2008

Reviews

Deceibel (issue 072)
“Put simply, East Of The Wall have have written a minor prog-metal masterpiece without being assholes about it.”
9/10

The PRP
“The intricate balancing act between vocals and instrumental numbers continues, but this time it exudes an indelibly organic air. Delicate melodies rife with jangling chords and angular riffing instill beauty. While brutish eruptions of combative Neurosis-like bellowing shatter the tranquility. It’s a dizzyingly vicious cycle, but one that the band approach with enough intelligence to foster both diversity and vitality.”
4/5

All Music
“In the end it all adds up to one of the most impressive and validating displays of progressive ambitions likely to be heard in 2011, and makes The Apologist a virtual gauntlet to be picked up by all those who would challenge East of the Wall’s newfound dominance in this competitive field.”
4.5/5

This Is Not A Scene
““The Apologist” by East Of The Wall will thrill people with a taste for adventurous, cutting-edge and highly original music. I prefer this record over any release by Dream Theater or Opeth.”
9/10

Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“The band, despite showing signs of easing into their sound for good, avoid putting themselves into one single cover. They let loose and go for all-out tech-wizardry wow factor on the absolutely insane and unfittingly titled “Underachiever” to the slightly more subdued and emotionally-driven “Linear Failure,” which is contender for guitar solo of the year.”
4/5

Metal Reviews
“From shorter pieces like Horseback Riding In A Bicycle to the seven-minute title track, East Of The Wall have crafted a high-quality album here, sitting on the progressive wall between post-hardcore and metal, with a firm grasp on the jazzy influences that help give the music such a vibrant, alive feel. Even the moments with largely clean-singing vocals, such as on the penultimate Whiskey Sipper, avoid the usual ‘core pitfalls and have an oddly human power of their own that is only built upon by the harsh vocals rather than contradicted. This is far from ‘pillow-biting’, as the final track Underachiever shows, violent technical bursts topped off with a melodic guitar line almost at odds with the rest of the music, but making a perfect sense. If only all hardcore was this good.”
85/100

About.com
“The record is energetic and robust, as the band ups the technical aspects of the music. The instrumentals bust out with fabulous lead guitar harmonies, and the calmer sections feel more tangible and emotional. The Apologist excels in its most adventurous moments, where the electricity given off by the tight cohesion between the five band members is reflected throughout.
4/5

Sputnik Music
“The Apologist is an incredibly interesting album that plays to its strengths nearly flawlessly. The songwriting is great, the riffs are fantastic and in general, it’s just a joy to listen to.

Metal Blast
“East Of The Wall supply a seemingly never ending supply of thick riffs and interesting drum-play that accentuates each other nicely, and vocals almost feel like a treat when heard.
4/5

Heavy Metal Time Machine
“Not only is this the next step of East Of The Wall as far as their career goes but also another shinning example of just how good metal can be despite not fitting into any one’s neat little package.”

Scratch The Surface
“The Apologist is a great, well crafted record and is worthy of the attention of anyone into great, challenging and inventive music”

Lords Of Metal
“Het is met afstand de beste plaat van East Of The Wall tot nu toe. ‘The Apologist’ is de ideale plaat voor iedereen die zowel Isis als de oude Mastodon mist. Een nieuwe ster aan het post-metal firmament.”
90/100

Exclaim
“…you most likely haven’t heard this many annoying Phish-y style bass jams in a while.”

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    • 02/27/19 in East of the Wall in Long Branch, NJ @ Brighton Bar w/ Disparager, Zvi