In the late noughties, when his previous band came to an end and efforts to put together a mathcore band proved futile, French musician Rรฉmi Gallego began producing his own music. What grew from this was The Algorithm – a true hybrid of EDM and metal, specifically prog and djent influenced metal.

While there are artists who successfully create metal-adjacent music exclusively via electronica, and do so with great results, Gallego really does meld the two. Guitars, bass, drums – these are often โ€œrealโ€ instruments. When I saw them live, the use of a real drum kit on stage further accentuated the feel that this was a proper rock show.

Tracks can shift from synth-led melodies, to pulsing dance beats, to chugging guitars and blast beats. This is very much some strange cousin of progressive metal. A futuristic, cyborg cousin, but a cousin nonetheless.

Gallegoโ€™s writing, while innovative, is also just plain good. Itโ€™s energetic, at times beautiful, and absolutely heavy when necessary. For mostly instrumental, rapidly shifting, somewhat experimental compositions, it is a testament to the quality of the writing that it never once feels meandering or hard to stick with. Because once it gets its hooks into you, itโ€™s a great ride.