Dark Helm- Hymnus De Antithesist

Dark Helm released an obscenely awesome progressive death metal album this past Christmas, and wow the Indian band really put on quite a show.  Let’s say the country has their own Rivers Of Nihil. These guys not only blend progressive death metal and rock with some psychedelic influences…..but what really drew me in was authenticity to their home.  There’s all sorts of cool sitar and other Indian instruments added into their extremely deep and impressive sound.  Don’t worry, the guys bring plenty of heavy along  with that awesome sound of theirs.

 DARK HELM:

Dhairya Anand – Vocals
Shubhrayu De – Bass
Mohanish Deshmukh – Guitars

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To already add to their wild sound, there’s also some keyboards that widen their sound even more.  Everything about this album is fantastic from energetic vocals, killer rhythm and beautiful guitar work.  India is pumping out some solid music right meow with Orchid and Coma Rossi being two of my first discoveries.  Just like Indonesia, I think i’m starting to develop a soft spot for India and is motivating me to want to promote their music more.  When Dhairya sings, it’s like that classic 70’s psychedelic prog sound mixed with a big Steven Wilson influence.  And let me tell you how cool the layered sitar sounds when he’s singing, just wow.  There’s even hand drums too, if you were curious.  I can’t ramble on enough on how great Dark Helm is, and how artistic they are.  This isn’t another metal band trying to fit in, they’re truly unique and I strongly suggest you give them a chance.  Check out the album right here.

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INRAIN- “Rhyme Disarray Destination” Official Song Premiere

The Indonesian attack is at it again through Eastbreath Records with a band this time called INRAIN.  Now if you’ve been paying attention, ER has been signing more technical bands and that’s what the record label looks to be focusing on.  Now, let’s shift gears to something really groovy and straightforward shall we?  I have been gifted one track titled “Rhyme Disarray Destination”.  Holy crap, it grooves. It’s a solid modern take on death metal, with the energy and emotion some bands in the genre lack sometimes.  The drumming is on point, and the vocalist just rips.  The guitar lead is melodic, and an unexpected melodic progression underneath it just to change things up.  Then, it kicks back into full gear.  I dig the track, and hope you do too. You can check out Eastbreath Records right here for all your INRAIN needs. While you’re at it check out the rest of their impressive and growing roster…..must I say the Indonesian Artisan Era? Only time will tell. Stay brutal and stay tech!

 

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Hugo Doyon-Karout 2019 Interview

Beyond Creation and Obscura are my Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden for Technical/Progressive/Experimental music, and can say helped influence the creation (HAR HAR) of my website.  It’s with immeasurable excitement to announce I have successfully interviewed bassist Hugo of Beyond Creation, Brought By Pain and Equipoise.  Enjoy the read people! I hope you’re as excited as I am!

TMR: You’re such a proficient bassist and well trained….what made you want to jump into a death metal subgenre? What influenced it?

First of all, thank you for having me on here! It’s truly a pleasure for me! Thank you for that comment! I always loved the energy and uniqueness that metal has over other music styles and technical death metal is one of the subgenres that shines with those qualities. Also, I’ve always liked the challenging aspect of performing death metal!

TMR: Tell us how the Equipoise recording went. 

Pretty good overall, with quite some challenges too! I recorded the album at home using minimal gear and focusing on getting the cleanest takes possible, which ended up being very time-consuming but worth it in the end! I started recording right after my last studio session recording Beyond Creation’s ‘Algorythm’ so I was pumped and ready to do Equipoise’s ‘Demiurgus’ right away!

TMR: Are there any plans of playing some Equipoise shows?

We have been talking about it, but it’s still at that phase for now. There are 7 people in the band – most being in active and/or touring bands – so it would require proper management and scheduling to make it work for all of us. I think that touring is going to be inevitable at some point, but we’ll see!

TMR: Your main squeeze Beyond Creation released a fantastic album “Algorythm” last year. It seems to have been well received so far! Tell us about how the shows have gone supporting the album, and how making the album was as well. What did you guys specifically set out to do differently?

Thank you so much, I’m super happy you enjoy the record! Indeed, we are very grateful for the great response so far! All the shows we did supporting ‘Algorythm’ turned out amazing actually! We got on the road to perform the album in its entirety only about 2 weeks after it came out and we were surprised on the amount of people knowing the material, lyrics and song titles, it was truly a wonderful tour! The actual recording of the album was a very special experience for me, being my first time recording in a ‘real’ studio, and Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy) at The Grid made it so much enjoyable! We actually have studio update videos as well as tour recap video on our Youtube Channel for anyone who wants more insights on the studio/live side of things! For ‘Algorythm’ we wanted to do something a bit more dynamic and rich without going off the tracks of Beyond Creation’s signature sound. We’re always trying to reach the next level musically and to make music that we would listen to ourselves. Also, we took the opportunity to reach new kind of fans and welcome them into the tech-death subgenre with this progressive and intricate album.

TMR: What and who made you want to pick up a bass?

I had musicians in my family, but none of them played bass, so I though I’d just fill in on bass! I stuck to it and made it a passion and priority! I also learned guitar and drums not long later, but have not been able to practice as much as bass! As with any skill, you need to focus on one at a time to really shine!

TMR: Describe your emotions and feelings on recording your first album with the band since you joined.

It’s a pretty awesome feeling to finally be playing my own bass lines after so many shows playing Forest’s. Don’t get me wrong here, I absolutely love his work and what he brought to the band’s sound! But for some reason it’s always more exciting to deliver you own material and I have to say that BC’s fans and fellow bassists have been giving me the most amazing feedback, which I want to thank everyone for! This kind of duty obviously comes with its challenges but it turned out immensely positive overall for me!

TMR: Let’s be honest, when you joined Beyond Creation you had huge shoes to fill with Forest Lapointe leaving. And I’m in the crowd who thinks you’re doing a fine job at that, and adding your own style to their music and now helped write your first album with them. Was any of that going through your head at first?

Thank you so much man! Yes of course. Forest is and always be one of my favourite bassists so at first it was quite inconceivable to take his place in the band. I have to admit that circumstances made my life a bit easier, having joined the band only a few months after the release of “Earthborn Evolution”, I had plenty of time to develop my technique and sound as a fretless bassist before actually having to write and perform on a record. Also, as I mentioned above, I’ve been receiving tons of supportive vibes from the fans as well as from my bandmates so it’s been quite smooth.

TMR: Can you give some fellow artists tips to shrug off negativity? Not all of us can always handle it. Some people have ripped Algorythm I think they’re nuts for doing so!

Sure thing! Remind yourself why you’re doing music in the first place! Also, consider yourself lucky enough to have people actually check out your stuff, even if they leave negative feedback, can’t be worse than having zero feedback right ? There are so many bands out there trying to get their name out, there’s no time to get caught up in negativity! Take their advice for what its worth to you and move on. Instead of reading comments, you could be playing music, or just enjoying life, going outside, meditating etc! Even though musicians usually do music quite seriously and tend to blend their personal life with their professional life, I think it’s crucial to be able to disconnect from what you’re doing in life and tune in to who you really are deep inside. If you think what you’re doing is important, you need to take a vacation!

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TMR: What tour plans do you have with Beyond Creation this year and next year in 2020? And please don’t take another handful of years between albums again

So far we have a Latin America Tour planned in April 2019 as well as an Autralian/New Zealand tour in May. Everything else is still in the works/not ready to announce yet! Oh don’t you worry we will absolutely take another handful of years until we release another record brother! We have ZERO interest in rushing into new music! I don’t think it’s fair from fans to take a band for granted and act as if they owed them any new music. As a matter of fact, that is the kind of pressure that would likely discourage an artist from creating and releasing an honest piece of music. This is serious business guys, some people actually end up taking their own life because of that kind of pressure/attitude from fans towards them. Part of the problem is that we are getting used to consumerism and instant gratification in modern society, so we are constantly in need of new things to keep our brains filled with more and more dopamine. That’s why people like singles and EPs! They get their fix, stream the song a few times online for free and move on : their brain chemistry is unbalanced! Again, it’s not fair to expect anything from an artist based on our own perception of time. With that being said, I will be working on new music all year with my other bands Conflux and Brought by Pain (on top of Equipoise’s album release March 8th and tons of session work). Back to Beyond Creation, one thing that we enjoy a whole lot is touring, especially in places we’ve never been before. So we’re really looking forward to take the time that we need to visit as many countries and continents as we can on the ‘Algorythm’ album cycle. And that alone can take a handful of years 🙂 

TMR: You guys seem to have a solid chemistry artistically and really “click”. Explain the band dynamics and how important being fluid and understanding each other musically and as people as well.

I think that the easiest thing about being in a band is playing your instrument! What’s not so easy to everybody and also not that obvious is the requirement in social and communication skills to thrive as a bandmate. Most of the things that happen in a band do not require to play your instrument, especially in self-managed band like Beyond Creation. Think about what’s essential to develop to be able to go out on the road with 4 to 20 other people for 25+ consecutive shows without losing your mind, but actually enjoying it from all faces and being excited to go back multiple times a year, for many years to come. To me, it has always been important that everyone feel part of the same “family” and have the best time possible doing music altogether, and luckily it’s been a priority for Simon, Kevin and Philippe as well. Everything else seems to come naturally when you already have sense of fulfillment from being with each other and living our craziest dream!

TMR: What’s your favorite song from “Algorythm”?

I always tend to consider the title track as my favourite, but I think that each song has a very unique vibe that deserve my own recognition. 

TMR: Describe your favorite tour you have been a part of, and what made it great or special.

Great question! When I look in the past, I try to learn from it and move on. So I would say each and every tour was my favourite since they each provided me with so much personal growth and insight about what makes me happy and give me a sense of fulfillment. Each tour has been super special and made it possible for us to meet new friends, fans and develop better practices as a business, so I highly value each one of them equally!

TMR: Any new Brought By Pain music?

Yes, as stated earlier! We’re working on a full-length, which I’m pretty stoked about!!

TMR: Tour plans for Brought By Pain?

Yep, nothing concrete as of right now, but we definitely plan on getting this band on the road again and again! 

TMR: What was it like getting that band off the ground and on some tours? Do you expect it to be a constant or just occasionally tour?

It’s been great! We consider ourselves lucky to have so many dedicated followers and fans that are constantly spreading the word about us! It’s always more demanding to get things rolling properly and get out of the ‘friendzone’ (if I can allow myself such metaphor) but always worth it in the end! I think in the long run it’s going to be both constant and occasional, taking the opportunity whenever we can, without forcing things!

Don’t forget to check out the latest Equipoise single from their upcoming album!

Here’s my favorite song from the latest Beyond Creation opus.  Yeah, maybe Hugo’s tasteful bass lead at the end has something to do with it. It RIPS. Don’t fool yourself.

KC Brand of The Odious Construct debut “Vortex Of Self” Drum Playthrough

The Odious Construct’s Drummer KC Brand has released a drum playthrough of “Vortex Of Self” from their killer EP Shrine Of The Obscene.  I have been into this band since their debut album, and wow SOO made it onto Dave’s ever so expanding best of list.  The playthrough is physical evidence of how good my homeboy is on drums, and is another testament to their improving sound and talents with their second EP.  Y’all wanna get familiar with these cats if you’re into symphonic melodic technical death metal (A MOUTHFUL I KNOW).  They just rip really hard, and Brand proves it…..yet again.  Check out the video below and bang your head!

AD PATRES Debuts single “Spellbound” from upcoming album

Death metal newcomers AD PATRES have released a lyric video for the track “Spellbound” from their upcoming album “A Brief Introduction To Human Experiments”.  Its a great mix of classic death metal with some technical virtuosity, and plenty of brutality.  It doesn’t have some of the repetitive nature of brutal slam death metal bands, and is a rather intriguing song.  Sweet, meaty riffs are very welcome in the song along with some consistent rhythms from the rhythm section especially the drums.  The vocalist is ever so consistent, and the frontline energy supplier for the French death metal four piece.  I’m very intrigued, and so should you! Check out the track!

 

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Ulfven debuts “A Mother’s Betrayal”, new album out February 1st

Death Metal band Ulfven premiered their first song “A Mother’s Betrayal” earlier this month and are in full gear to promote their music in the band’s infancy.  The Swedish band’s album “Folklore” is based on Swedish folklore. Check out the song below and if you’re interested mark that date down it will be available digitally for all of you metalheads! After a strong start, I’m intrigued to hear the rest…..so give them a shot! What’s there to lose?

Human Delusion- Depravity

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Human Delusion have released their Melodic Death Metal opus “Depravity” a few weeks ago and it’s a pretty solid debut.  The guys rebranded under thew new name who were previously known as Primal Scream Therapy.  What I like is the band’s diversity to stick away from the norm of Melodic Death Metal…..their sound is more varied than some bands in the genre.  Like any genre, the music tends to get repetitive (it’s bound to happen anywhere) but the band draws you in and keeps you interested.

HUMAN DELUSION:

Tyler Minski -Vocals, Guitar
Kyle Hammer- Guitar
Derek Sloppy- Drums
Jake Van Hooser- Bass Guitar

 

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Tyler’s voice is very impressive leading with a consistent mid range guttural.  The band is pretty heavy without a doubt.  The guitarists are very raw, straightforward and to the point.  They have mixed in some good guitar solos, with some dual harmonies here and there (to the point they’re tasty, and not overdone). I think it’s worth saying Derek holds his own on drums with the band’s varying speeds it can’t be easy switching on and off constantly.  “Depravity” is a solid start for Human Delusion and look forward to better things from them on their next release(s).  You can check out the album right here.

 

Structural- Metacognition

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Holy crap do I have a serious treat for you all courtesy of Melodic Technical Death Metal virtuosos Structural! I really dig the band’s sound because (unless you’re Arsis or Inferi) it’s awfully tough to add solid melody when you’re a technical death metal band……and Structural have achieved just that.  Shani and Tamir have a wild chemistry on guitar….it’s absolutely mind blowing.  While they are well versed, the riffs are very raw and diverse for the technical scene at least.  But their leads are very melodic and emotional, something you don’t see enough in technical music.  Generally, it’s quicker guitar leads and material that’s pretty tough to play…..in this case, its very emotional and real.  Let’s be honest for a moment here, as much as I dig the genre occasionally it gets robotic and Structural is anything but that!

STRUCTURAL: 

Vocals – Nadav Zaidman
Guitars – Shani Buchbi
Guitars – Tamir Vered
Drums – Vadim Sergyenko
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Now let me dive into the realms of the band’s vocalist Nadav……what a great range of gutturals! His voice is very captivating and consistent, with some occasional highs here and there.  For the most part his energetic and passionate voice sticks to the lower end.  Vadim’s drumming is equally as impressive, holding some some solid mid tempos but can play some pretty quick parts with ease. Structural can groove as well as any metal band, don’t be fooled because they can play pretty quick as well…..there’s lots of solid foot tapping grooves everywhere! This monster album has been out since June of 2018 and I highly recommend you pick this up.  Go to their band camp and pick up the album, or you can acquire it through the Apple realms as well and on streaming services.

Alibi For A Murder- Pieces

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Alibil For A Murder are coming fresh out of the gate with their wildly heavy and technical full length album “Pieces”.  The guys are out of Germany who melt faces for a living.  AFAM is wildly energetic, consistent and killer.  There are some progressive moments here and there, but for the most part the record is technical with some Suffocation inspired groove here and there.

 

ALIBI FOR A MURDER:

Vocals: Damian Wolter
Guitar: Hüseyin Yildiz
Bass: Nikos Kampmeier
Drums: Sebastian Metken
Damian’s voice makes this band roll, and roll they do.  He has such a wide range with his highs and lows just fuel everyone else.  The guitar work is downright nasty.  There’s some pretty intense licks, and then there’s moments where it’s just groovy as can be.  If you want a solid underground death metal band with technical flare and some great groove to add to their repertoire Alibi For A Murder will most likely interest you.  You can check out “Pieces” through their website and purchase it (which would be sweet).
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Death Metal Act REVULSED Signs to Everlasting Spew Records, New Album Announced

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INCOMING!! Australian Death Metal Act Revulsed has signed to Everlasting Spew Records!  It’s been a long time coming for the guys as I still really dig their last release Infernal Atrocity.  As the picture states, the album should be ready later in the year, along with a vinyl version of “Infernal Atrocity” as well.  The guys will have all sorts of death metal treats to sink your fangs into from the band this year, and it will only get better for them from here on out.

Here’s a stellar banger to keep you occupied until the new album drops later this year.

Stay brutal!