Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Going from Selling a Band's Wares to Drumming with Them

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Going from Selling a Band's Wares to Drumming with Them

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Sean Vizcaino sold Binary Code's merchandise on his first tour with the North Jersey-based progressive metalers. The next time the band hit the road, Vizcaino was perched behind their drum kit.

"I always wanted to be in Binary Code," the 25-year-old North Bergen resident said. "I admire their work ethic and drive. Jesse Zuretti (bandleader/guitarist) is the most passionate person I know when it comes to music.

"My thought was, 'They already have a drummer, but it would be cool to work their merchandise because I was a fan,' " he said. "Then they needed a new drummer after the tour," said Vizcaino, who joined Binary Code in 2014. "I learned the songs and the set and have been with them ever since."

Binary Code will perform its new sophomore album, "Moonsblood," in its entirety on June 15 in Clifton. Vizcaino makes his Binary Code studio debut on "Moonsblood," which was released in May.

Zuretti praised Vizcaino's workmanship. "I always knew him to be an amazing drummer," Zuretti, of Lake Hopatcong, said in a separate interview.

"I would see him with his old bands and remember saying at the time, 'I wish this kid was older.' "

"Moonsblood" is a huge step forward from Binary Code's debut, "Suspension of Disbelief." Whereas "Suspension" is an all-out technical assault, "Moonsblood" sees the band expanding its range, adding spacey soundscapes and lush atmospherics to complement their frantic riffs and rhythms.

" 'Moonsblood' is more cohesive and directed," said Zuretti, 30. "I think it shows my growth as a musician in terms of not overcompensating with crazy guitar parts all the time instead of writing a really cool, memorable song. I think some people will be surprised but not turned off by it because it's still Binary Code and still familiar."

Songs like "Dark Meditations" and "Trees 100FT Underwater" show the band playing in a more straightforward and melodic yet no less powerful style. Other tracks, like "Immersion" and "Knell," feature intricate, push-pull riffing from Zuretti and fellow guitarist PJ Spilletti while Vizcaino and bassist Connor Appleton take the listener on a wild ride through rhythmic twists and turns. …

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