For veteran musician Garry Brents, paying homage to his influences and soothing his own creative itch go hand in hand. For his most recent musical incarnation, (he has also helmed the projects Gonemage, Homeskin, Cara Neir and Sallow Moth to name a few), Brents sought to reconnect with the nostalgia of nu-metal, accented with the angst of metallic hardcore and the intensity of industrial metal.
In 2022, Brents began his ambitious solo endeavor in Memorrhage - a dynamic, multi-tentacled monster birthed from the musician's desire to reconnect with the heyday of turn of the century aggression.
Brents spoke about what was the catalyst for the project. “What led to the surfacing of this nostalgia started with watching the Woodstock '99 documentary in 2022,” stsid Brents. “Seeing KORN on there revived the feeling of them being my first favorite band from the mid to late 90's. This feeling also tied in with the social media phenomenon of Crazy Ass Moments in Nu Metal History on Twitter and Instagram.”
Debuting his first release under the Memorrhage moniker, Brents shared :"Memory Leak" in late 2022 - a track that resonated not only with Brents existing base, but with an active, passionate Discord community called The Nu Metal Agenda, created by the same people behind Crazy Ass Moments in Nu Metal History accounts.
“I started to go deeper into my own nostalgia by revisiting everything I enjoyed from nu-metal in 95-03 and got the feeling that I loved the genre even more than I did as a kid,” explained Brents. “For reference, I was born in 1987. I hadn't heard a lot of these albums in full, with a sense of newfound excitement, in 20 years. For starters, early albums from: Korn, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Spineshank, Soulfly, Static-X. So with the start of Memorrhage, it's a project that I dreamt of doing back then if I had the songwriting/production knowledge that I've since developed, while injecting a modern sensibility into this first self-titled album”
For the latest offering from the self-titled full length debut, Brents combined the musical innovation of the era with dark, futuristic dystopia that delves into cybernetics, time travel, mechs, and body horror. On the latest single, "Walk," Brents pens a disturbing portrayal of humanity and artificial intelligence set to menacing soundtrack.
Brents explains, "’Exit’ is about a person waking up in a cybernetic factory and coming to the realization they're not just human anymore, but now an android stuck in this factory trying to find a way out. I wanted Zoe (Wolfe) to have as much freedom with the video as possible in terms of the editing, intentional degradation, and glitch FX overall.”
The debut, self-titled release from Memorrhage is currently available via Big Money Cybergrind.
Get the release and stay up-to-date with the project - HERE