The first featured band for 2019 is the ever so awesome Fractal Universe! The French group caught my ears when I heard “Sons of Ignorance” off their full length “Engram Of Decline” and I’ve been hooked ever since. This hard working independent prog/tech death band was also just recently signed to the Metal Blade Records roster as well! I think this band is a force to be reckoned for a multitude of reasons. I say so because they blend the right amount of tasteful work and complex songwriting along with great groove and soulful guitar leads (not wild 400 BPM arpeggios, sweeps and tapping on repeat!). They’re the total opposite of Spawn Of Possession, Necrophagist and Archspire but they’re just way too good to not be heard of. What can be summed up from my fanboying is they are extremely tasteful songwriters, and are a welcome addition to a genre that can be overdone. The band has been working hard as can be in their own country with their debut offering an EP called “Boundaries Of Reality”. They’ve relentlessly toured throughout their country and other places, as an independent band. I’ve known of them for almost 2 years now and it has been great to see the guys progress as a band and artists.
I’m trying not to post any music, so you can check out their songs all month long. For a new and young band, their music is well crafted and down to a legitimate science. Fractal Universe should be heard and known about by more people and bands, and deserve a great opportunity at this point. Getting signed to a great label should be the start of an even brighter future for the band, and couldn’t be any more excited as an avid fan of Fractal Universe. I wish the guys the best of luck on their new endeavors with the label. Also, that photo shows there is a new album due out in a few months! They have been in full promotion mode for “Engram Of Decline” since it’s release two years ago and have recently been recording between shows. If they gave us a solid offering a few years ago, I highly doubt they’ll disappoint anyone. To anyone that doesn’t know Fractal Universe…..I hope you do now and will give their music a legitimate shot. That is the point of these monthly showcases (with possible interviews, whenever I get around to them).