The Algorithm

Brute Force

As metal and EDM renew their periodic mating ritual (which dates back to the ’80s heyday of Ministry and continues with bands like Enter Shikari), the spawn is usually best described as “pulverizing.” But the third album from Frenchman Rémi Gallego is less brutal than bombastic, boasting an intricacy and melodicism that hearkens back to the grand old days of prog. Sure, the first minute-and-a-half of the title track is an electro-metal face punch that’ll leave you down for the count. But if you stay there, you’ll miss the Yes-like grandeur that allows the track to soar. Little symphonies that reward moshing and headphone study equally help this sophisticated Algorithm offer multiple (listening) solutions.