In terms of the math metal structure, N.A.M.E. don't pelt anyone with a flurry of notes; rather they operate in frazzled, noisecore regions on "Killer Whales, Man" and the humorously titled "Dave Mustaine." Sure, there's a lot of what has already been done going on here, yet N.A.M.E. keep things interesting by adding melodic flourishes to their music, something that drives home the four-part "Emphatic Communicator" series. EMO territory is partially, if barely explored during these portions, although one has to say the melodies present are too strong to lambast with such a tag.
Additional passages of the shoe or metalgaze nature are unveiled during the gentle "Avaler l' Ocean," while a brief techno ditty pops up on "The Sycophant, the Saint, the Gamefox," thus warranting those Dillinger-circa 2007 comparisons. The kitchen-sink approach is in full effect, obviously.
For a scene that is so accustomed to aping one another, N.A.M.E. has gotten off to a promising start, primarily because of their melodic tendancies. Bear in mind they don't sound like your Johnny-Come-Lately mathcore band; this more disciplined, expansive metal of the math variety that is a few sticks of dynamite away from full detonation.
By David E. Gehlke