"After years of playing together in a wide-ranging assortment of Atlanta bands, musicians Mitchell Sosebee (drums) and Ryan Taylor (guitars, electronics) converge their creativity to the core with their new mano-a-mano venture Rat Mass. The duo’s five track, instrumental EP1 is a compelling wallop of torrential percussion, inexorable bass annihilation, jabs of electric guitar and pervasive electrical sonic accents, all improvised live in the studio. At times it borders on metal, but most metal bands I’ve heard can’t muster this sort of prolonged intensity, usually because the singer opens his mouth and starts croaking some comical demonic nonsense."
- Stomp and Stammer, 25 February 2013
"This opening salvo from experimental metal/avant noise duo Ratt Mass finds drummer Mitchell Sosebee and guitarist Ryan Taylor (AkuYou) wrangling with thundering drum blasts, improvisational guitar freakouts and foreboding subliminal textures. It’s visceral and discordant, but not entirely inaccessible. For a group that enjoys leaning into every left turn, there’s a remarkable sense of cohesion to this track and there are segments where the duo’s truculent fury dissolves into something atmospheric and tuneful. The energy may feel a little spastic but Sosebee and Taylor attack the song with authority and the dynamic tension they create makes for some truly righteous catharsis."
-Latest Disgrace, 13 March 2013
released November 4, 2012
Recorded and mixed by Bruce Bennett
Produced by Ryan Taylor, Mitchell Sosebee, and Bruce Bennett
Improvised, deconstructed, and reanimated by Ryan Taylor (guitars, electronics) and Mitchell Sosebee (drum kit, cans, sheet metal, saw blades, Wavedrum, coolant tanks...)
Mastered by Alex Lowe
Cover art by Brian Sosebee
Photography by Jules Perry
Layout by gMedia
Rat Mass is the result of years of experimental collaboration between drummer Mitchell Sosebee and guitarist Ryan Taylor.
Working as a duo and with other veteran musicians, they use rock and metal as a framework for improvisational noise freakouts and textural soundscapes....more