The Algorithm

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The Algorithm
The Algorithm.jpg
The Algorithm live in Camden in 2012
Background information
OriginPerpignan, France
GenresElectronic, IDM, progressive metal[citation needed]
Years active2009–present
LabelsBasick, FiXT Music
MembersRémi Gallego
Jean Ferry
Past membersMax Michel
Mike Malyan

The Algorithm is the musical project of French musician Rémi Gallego (born October 7, 1989) from Perpignan. His style is characterised by an unusual combination of electronic dance music with progressive metal.[citation needed] Gallego chose the name The Algorithm to highlight the music's complex and electronic nature.[1]


Early years (2009–2010)[edit]

After the demise of his former band Dying Breath, Rémi Gallego decided in 2009 to look for potential members for a band that focused on mathcore, which came as an inspiration from The Dillinger Escape Plan. After a futile search for new members, with the help of his guitar and a DAW, Gallego began to produce his own music.[1]

In December 2009 and July 2010, he published the two demos "The Doppler Effect" and "CRITICAL.ERROR", which were / released via his own website for free download. Towards the end of 2010, he announced that he was working on a new EP named "Identity" (it was never completed). Also, he was preparing for his first live appearances.[2]

First live shows, arrival of Mike Malyan (2011)[edit]

Mike Malyan live with The Algorithm in 2012

In August 2011, The Algorithm released his compilation called "Method_" on which the songs of two previous demos were compiled which were also for free download.[3]

An appearance followed in October 2011 at the Euroblast Festival in Cologne, where The Algorithm featured alongside bands such as Textures, TesseracT and Vildhjarta.[4]

A month later Mike Malyan, drummer for the band Monuments, uploaded a drum cover of the song "Isometry" on YouTube.[5] After seeing this, Gallego was convinced that it would be possible to play his songs on a real drum set and Malyan was presented as an accompaniment during live performances.[6]

"Before he put his Isometry drum cover online, one year ago, I had no idea that someone could ever play my drum programmings with such dedication, musicality and tightness. He was really thrilled to play live with me and so we decided to make it happen. I can’t be more happy to work with such a great friend/musician."

In the same month, The Algorithm signed a record deal with the British label Basick Records.[7]

Signing to Basick Records and Polymorphic Code (2012–2013)[edit]

In January 2012, The Algorithm released the single "Tr0jans" via Basick Records, which was only available digitally. It was followed by appearances in festivals such as Djentival in Karlsruhe, Germany, as well as on the UK Tech-Metal Fest held in Alton, UK, where he joined the release in addition to including Uneven Structure and Chimp Spanner appearances.[8][9] On 19 November 2012 the debut album "Polymorphic Code" was released via Basick Records, which included seven previously unreleased songs as well as the song "Tr0jans".

In January 2013, The Algorithm played alongside Enter Shikari and Cancer Bats at a concert in Paris.[10] In April 2013, The Algorithm played their first live shows in the UK with a new live member, guitarist Max Michel.[11] On 17 June 2013, The Algorithm was decorated on a Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards as the best underground artist of that year, decided by the votes of Metal Hammer readers.

From September–October 2013, The Algorithm toured mainland Europe on the "French Connection Tour" with Uneven Structure and Weaksaw. However, Mike Malyan was not able to perform on this tour; Boris Le Gal of NeonFly filled in for him instead. The live line-up also performed on a UK tour with Hacktivist from November–December 2013.

Departure of Max Michel, Octopus4 and video game (2013–present)[edit]

In December 2013, the band played a show in Paris with Uneven Structure, Kadinja and Cycles: a week afterwards, it was announced that Max Michel would no longer be performing with Rémi as he had been accepted into the Berklee College of Music and could no longer tour regularly.

The Algorithm's second album, Octopus4, was released on 2 June 2014. Along with the release of the album, a crowd funding campaign was launched for a video game named "RogueStar: Pirates VS Privateers" which features music composed by Rémi.[12][13]

In 2017, an extension named "Hacknet Labyrinths" was released for the video game Hacknet, and features music composed by Rémi.[14]


The Algorithm melds several types of electronic and electronic dance music with progressive metal (including djent and mathcore).[citation needed] For live performances Rémi Gallego uses an Akai APC40, a MIDI controller produced by the company Akai, co-developed with the German company Ableton, connected to a laptop running Ableton Live.[6] In addition, a distorted female voice can be heard on almost all the releases, provided by Florent Latorre, a friend of Gallego's.[1]



Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Polymorphic Code
  • Released: June 2, 2014
  • Label: Basick Records
  • Formats: CD, download, LP
Brute Force
  • Released: April 1, 2016
  • Label: FiXT Music
  • Formats: CD, download
Compiler Optimization Techniques
  • Released: November 2, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: LP, download
  • Tr0jans (2012)
  • Terminal (2014)
  • Neotokyo (2015)
  • Floating Point (Vaporwave Remix) (2016)
  • Rootkit (Chiptune Remix) (2016)
  • Identity (2010)
  • Brute Force: Overclock (2016)
  • Brute Force: Code Source (2017)
  • The Doppler Effect (2009)
  • Method_ (2011)


  1. ^ a b c "Exclusive: interview with The Algorithm". 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  2. ^ "The Algorithm preparing live performances, upcoming EP details revealed". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  3. ^ "The Algorithm: 'Method_' compilation album released". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  4. ^ "The Algorithm: live footage from Euroblast". 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  5. ^ "Mike Malyan - Drum Cover - "Isometry" by The Algorithm". YouTube. 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  6. ^ a b Interview with Rémi Gallego on Archived 28 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. accessed on 9 February 2013.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Djentival vol. II: line-up announced, new website launched". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  9. ^ "Uk Tech Metal Fest – Heavy Blog Is Heavy". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  10. ^ "The Algorithm: full live set video from Paris show". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  11. ^ "Max Michel (The Algorithm - Tr0jans guitar playthrough)". YouTube. 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  12. ^ [2]
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  15. ^ "The Algorithm - About". Facebook. 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-09-26.

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