Mikau make the kind of music the cybergoth dance party kids might dance to if they knew better. Their updated brand of mid-aughts metalcore has arrived just in time for the hyperpop revolution. Today, the D.C. metro three-piece fronted by John Irby, with Adam Stergis (Cambrian) on bass, guitar, and electronics, and Austin O'Rourke (of Infant Island) on drums, dropped Abandonware. The new EP follows their 2020 full-length debut, PHANTOMa; a January 2021 split tape with p.s.you'redead; and a demonic video edit of a live set at H3LLWORLD, a virtual digital-hardcore showcase.
On Abandonware, Mikau journey to the outer limits of metal, shredding their hearts out in a way that's both visceral and self-aware. Listen below.