Fractal Method: Form, Change and Dimension


Fractal Method arrived on the Salt Lake scene in December, 1989. The brainchild of William Clarke Walker III, Fractal has progressed through a myriad of changes since it’s inception, but it’s original paradigm, energy level and Clarke have remained constants.

Primarily a one man effort, this musical project shrieks of talent and forces recognition of many facets of reality that one might rather ignore. For example, the symbolism in songs like “Deadly Complication,” the hard painful facts of “Technology,” and Grover’s apocalyptic lyrics in “Ground Zero” might as well present us with aspects of ourselves and our reality that we’d rather not face. Perhaps we might all learn a little something as we groove with this master of sound.

The music of Fractal method is tightly wound, bursting with energy and strikes a subconscious chord throughout. I find myself swaying to and fro in perfect time to a sound that rings solid and true. Fractal Method is even more exciting onstage, in live performance than on recordings. Given a fair opportunity in the industry, this conceptual wizard should be exposing his vision on a global scale sooner rather than later. Solidly founded in the conviction that within the boundaries of this plane one should do what one must, this music speaks for itself, and is exactly what it must be.

Live shows are an invitation to permanent brain damage, as roots of punk/metal and elements of industrial/dance collide at the speed of life, leaving your consciousness shredded in the bewildering array of effects and chaotic sounds. Be prepared for some scorching vocals, ultra violent sequences, grinding guitars and killer visuals. Due to the constantly changing lineup of live musicians, one never knows what to expect from this overwhelming sonic assault. Despite any reservations one might harbor, Fractal is sure to get under your skin.

Remembering back to the first Fractal show at the infamous Speedway Cafe, I recall a shadowy, gloomy arena foretelling of a new band just come to the local scene. With anticipation, I awaited this new discovery. On came a shrouded being bearing sticks of incense and a dark, somber face. The music began, and I was fascinated, for such raw integrity and passion is rarely found in subterranean music. And every subsequent performance has been better than the last!

This appraisal of Fractal Method may extend to some national labels as well. Even as you read this, Fractal is being researched by a national record pool and considered by major label A&M. Check out the upcoming show at the Pompadour, September 13 or 14 where Fractal will be headlining a bill which includes Tom Purdue and Lily’s Remains. Fractal Method will also be playing in this year’s Sabbathon, Sunday August 25th. You’ll be sure to get your money’s worth of great tunes and danceable music. 

Clarke’s search for new musical permutations and constant production of recordings keep public appearances to a minimum, but be assured that Fractal Method will continue to play an important and unique part in the Salt Lake scene. So pay attention, folks, Fractal Method could be exploding in all directions (as fractals do!), and if you blink, you might miss something. With two full-length cassettes available, and a third on the way, this autonomous neo-industrial pagan has set his sights, and the sky is not the limit.


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