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Pineal Algebra (Remaster)

by Cryptic Ruse



An instrumental xenharmonic prog-metal odyssey using refretted guitars in four different equal divisions of the octave: 14edo, 15edo, 17edo, and 23edo (see track notes to see which tuning the track is in). Stylistically, this album draws influences from a broad spectrum of metal subgenres; djent, prog-metal, post-metal, and stoner metal all find representation within these tracks. This album is the follow-up to 2014's ear-bending "Chains of Smoke", and expands on that album's sound by adding synthesized elements, faster tempos, lower open-string tunings, crazier time changes, and more expansive song structures.

For fans of: the Fucking Champs, Meshuggah, Dysrhythmia, and Pelican.

All proceeds from sales of this album will go to the purchase of more microtonal guitars and the production of more crazy-ass music!

This version is fully re-mixed and re-mastered, and anyone who purchased the previous version for $10 or more gets this version for free! If you purchased the previous version and have not received a download code, please contact me and I will hook you up.


released May 27, 2017

Jason "Igliashon Jones" Yerger: all guitars, programming, engineering, mixing, mastering, and artwork. Exception: bonus track "LIVE DRUMS: Projected into the Complex Plane": drums by Connor Reilly, recorded and mixed by Ben Spees.

Cover art based on the projective tuning space diagrams of Paul Erlich, and created using WordsEye (wordseye.com) and GIMP (shout-out to free software!)


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Cryptic Ruse Portland, Oregon

Cryptic Ruse is the one-person experimental metal project of the genderqueer microtonalist known as Igliashon Joans.

Each album emphasizes a different constellation of influences, ranging from doom metal sludge to mathy progressive metal. A wide variety of microtonal tunings are employed on every album but Sierpinski's Casket, which is all in 12-tone equal temperament.
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