Haut Et Court - La Vie

Formed June 2012 Haut Et Court translated means “High and Short” so that answers the first question and secondly, Math core, also known as math metal, is a rhythmically complex and dissonant style of metal core. It has its roots in bands such as Converge, Botch, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. The term math core is suggested by analogy with math rock. Both math rock and math core make use of unusual time signatures. Math rock groups such as Slint, Don Caballero, Shellac, and Drive like Jehu, have some influence on math core, though math core is more closely related to metal core. Prominent math core groups have been associated with grind core, so I hope that clears up any confusion! (Slightly)

Very little is known about Haut Et Court and the band members seem to want to remain anonymous for some reason known only to them. So as a result I can only review the music that is now listed.

Reviewing a varying number of genres really opens your eyes as to what is “out there” and until this very day have never in my life heard of Math core! Maths was not one of my brilliant subjects at school – nor out of school, suffering from what is known as Dysalculia which was never diagnosed until about six years ago, but as I don’t have to use figures – I am particularly interested.

I do however enjoy a nice bit of brutal music and enjoy the complexities this kind of genre brings to the now very large table of ever expanding sub genres of metal.>

Whoa and this is something all its own with experimental passages and grinding with growled guttural vocals. The drumming is somewhat animalistic and feverishly played to yes some very complex rhythms and in true grind style lasts all but a few minutes long but some tracks last a little longer than others.

Its great music to freak out to and I bet Haut Et Court are good strong portrayers on the live circuit – although sadly I am not going to get any chance to see them play live any time soon living in the UK! Unless I win the lottery!

The images of a savage mosh pit and loads of stage diving springs to mind here with complex crossover rhythms and pounding savagery on the kit although saying this some of their breakdowns can be quite slow and experimental in delivery but good to know it does not last long before the immense and intense auditory onslaught continues, which is good for all you grind fanatics out there – me included!

The brutality continues on every track with mesmerising quality. The abrasive rhythms and beats and the accompanying noises keep coming at you at a terrifying pace with its boot firmly planted into the groin area and never lets up for a second. Frenzied and complex just as its genre suggests this is one brute of an album.

This erupting, at times fast paced other times experimentally savage album will satisfy the largest of appetites providing they like the gurgling growls and complicated rhythms – this is definitely growing on me and must go and check out other math core bands. But Haut Et Court is simply biting, raucous and extreme and a great listen to boot!

Now if they used math core to explain the times tables, geometry, and logarithms I may have stood a chance at understanding maths logic... well maybe!


  1. Let It Burst
  2. Krokodil
  3. This Genesis
  4. Collision
  5. Life
  6. Wasted Time For Wasted Minds

Self released
Reviewer: Pagan Hel
Feb 26, 2013

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