We’ve spoken to a few solo artists in our time but Canadian thrash project Sorting Infinity is one of the coolest so far.
The work of guitarist Mo Taheri, the project has taken the thrash sound and fused it with elements of metal and progressive rock> So expect heavy riffing with plenty of elaborate guitar solos.
The latest offering of this is brand new single Chaos of Mind, which was released last week. It dives straight into a fun thrashy riff and pounding drums, which continue under a verse led by engaging vocals. Spinning guitars into a fun chorus that drops into more heavy guitars and drums, then a big guitar solo. A brief return of vocals gives way to more delicious thrashy guitar riffs to bring the track to a close.
That follows instrumental track Artificial Insanity, which opens up with chugging guitars that continue under a variety of fun guitar solos. Give it a listen here:
And that followed Eternal Lies, which features probably the longest chorus we’ve ever heard at 1 minute and 8 seconds. Impressive. There’s rightfully a pause for breath with a section of drawn-out high-pitched guitar screeches, then cool chugging thrashy guitars feed into another, much shorter chorus before ending with big guitar riffs. Give it a listen here:
We had a chat with the man behind the music Mo Taheri to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Sorting Infinity?
MT: “Sorting Infinity is my solo recording effort. I’m based out of Toronto, Canada. I had been a part of a ton of bands but nothing seemed to come of it. So I got tired of playing other people’s music and started writing my own. It started as a bit of an outlet for frustration but grew as I got better access to recording equipment. At this point, it’s just me but I’m in the process of recruiting more musicians to turn this into a full band.”
GR: You just released Chaos of Mind. What should people be expecting from the song?
MT: “It’s a pretty aggressive thrash song with a bunch of changes and a few different ideas linked together. I was inspired to write it when I watched a family member’s mind degenerate to the point that they stopped recognizing anybody who visited them. It made me wonder what it’s like to wake up every day not knowing who you are and not knowing anything that happened before.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
MT: “I’d say Sorting Infinity is primarily a thrash band with some progressive influences. I’m pretty heavily influenced by bands like Megadeth, Dream Theater, Lost Society, and to a lesser extent older Metallica.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
MT: “I often write music because I need an outlet for my growing frustration with the stuff I see happening around the world. I tend to write about loss – usually on a personal scale. I’d say that I also like to touch on politics a little bit. Mostly on the ideas about how the older generation has really done a number on the younger generation and then has the gall to blame them for what they perceive as failures.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2020?
MT: “Because of Covid-19, my ability to put a band together has been put on hold at least for now. I have at least three songs that I’ve got in the works that I plan to release over the next few months. Gigs are being held off until I can actually get a full band together. But I’ll definitely be recording more music.”