The Midweekly – Genghis Tron

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Back in the mid 2000s the band Genghis Tron materialized onto the scene with a tastefully inventive style that combined hardcore metal with electronica, and one of the most clever names in heavy music. After only a few releases they unfortunately called it quits. Over a decade later the New York based group is back with Dream Weapon, their third LP. Though a lot of the record maintains GT’s harder edge, it also displays an evolution into more subtle riffs and tones. It’s difficult to classify this album as metal to be honest. For instance, their original vocalist, who decided not to rejoin the band, brought the screams. But the new singer has a cleaner approach. Another change up is the frenzied blast beating, or lack thereof. In the past GT relied on drum programming, but with the addition of a real drummer the music has taken on a more organic and driving rhythm. Most of the songs stretch long, and the lyrics are as abstract as the shapes and textures these tracks conjure. The digital conqueror rides once again with Dream Weapon in hand, across the territories of rock. 

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