THE DEN is the second installment by San Francisco’s own Freighter. Freighter consists of founding and lifelong friends Travis Andrews and Jason Braatz, along with Matt Guggemos to form what they dub themselves as a technical thrash trio. It has been close to 11 years since the release of their self-titled debut.
The first time I started to give this one a listen, I think I made it 2 or 3 tracks in and moved along to the next album. I gave it another attempt while in rush hour traffic in Chicago and thought I was going to go berserk. A couple days passed and I sat back in my office, turned the lights down and gave it a full on listen with all my attention devoted to it. Man, what a crazy collection of songs.
I thought at first that none of these 3 guys are playing the same song. Something I have heard before, but the insane technicality these guys spew out is nothing short of intense. After a little history digging on the band, ‘math-core’ kept popping up in articles on the band. Ah, that makes sense. That is a genre I never really listened to. Maybe I am not intelligent enough to keep up, but it never did anything for me.
A couple more listens and I must say, Freighter’s music can kind of grow on you a bit. It has what I’m told, the math element to it but there is so much more here. A lot freakin’ more! It’s thrashy in spots, jazzy in others, and sort of grinds as well. One thing that kept me coming back was/is the musicianship here. These guys really shred some shit up. Devastating is an understatement.
So if you are into the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan, Cleric, The Crinn, Car Bomb or even just some insanely hard and heavy music, you should give these guys a listen. It may not be high up on my list of bands to listen too on a regular basis, but again, these guys play with an energy like there is no tomorrow.
Jason Braatz – Bass
Travis Andrews – Vocals, Guitars
Matt Guggemos – Drums