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.

Mechanized Dirge Bass Playthrough Premiere “To Shed The Flesh Form”

Mechanized Dirge is premiering their bass playthrough for the track “To Shed The Flesh Form” today through TMR! If you didn’t know, that is the bass player of Crevassian!  Check out this wild technical death metal band on all of their pages and stay up to date on the band’s actions!

 

Filmed by Dark North Media: https://www.facebook.com/DarkNorthMedia/ Recorded/filmed at Practice Roomz Stevenage Playthrough audio recorded, mixed and mastered by Adam C Taylor (of Everest Queen: https://everestqueen.bandcamp.com/)

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!

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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Necropathy- The Unborn Malignancy

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Mind blowers Necropathy released a new song on Christmas, and wow…yeah that’s all I have to say.  If you imagine Brain Drill, Necrophagist and Viraemia had a child out of wedlock Necropathy would be the result of that wild evening.  Yeah….so let’s get down to business.  It’s a blistering band with such sweet guitar work from Ollie and Jordan.  There’s momentary lapes of consistent groove, but with their wild guitar scales and licks it still bangs really hard.  Marcel’s drumming is absolutely outstanding, bringing this band to a whole new level (PANTERA STYLE SUCKAS!).

NECROPATHY: 

Vocals – Mac Smith (USA)
Guitar/Bass – Ollie Morgan (AU)
Guitar – Jordan Dearsley (AU)
NS Stick – Darren Joy (AU)

Mac Smith’s vocals are absolutely wild…..no they’re not consistent but his range of lows to highs is astonishing.  This band is on crack, for sure.  Their energy is never-ending, and I really dig this band.  The future of Necropathy is very promising, just based on this first song I heard.  “The Unborn Malignancy” is a well written, over the top and heavy song that’ll keep your ears very satisfied if your a technical death metal freak.  Pay attention to this project, as you won’t be disappointed if this is a great sign of things to come from these technicalmen.

In Asymmetry Official Song Premiere “Edge Of Divergence”

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Tech Deathers In Asymmetry are premiering their new song through our website right now, and wow we couldn’t be any more happier right now. The track is a serious shredder, with some melodic guitar leads by songwriter and shredder Victor.  The drumming is absolutely on point, as are those awesome gutturals that accompany the music.  It’s a great start for this band who just recently signed to Eastbreath Records.  Enjoy this face melting track!  Stay tech!

Equipoise unveil new single “Waking Divinity”

Equipoise released a new single “Waking Divinity” today in wake of their upcoming album “Demiurgus”.  It’s a great track, and equally as promising for a sign of great things to come from this tech supergroup of epic proportions.  Check out the song and support the boiz!  Preorders are live on the Artisan Era website!

Short Attention Span Theatre

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The weird Progressive/Funk/Metal/Experimental band Short Attention Span Theatre bring a much needed and fresh sound to our local Western New York music scene.  Music is watered down these days, and it’s cool to see weirder and more artistic bands slowly come out of the woodworks.  These cats draw heavy influence from classic and modern progressive bands.  They’re very quirky like Protest The Hero and Dillinger Escape Plan….are they THAT good? That’s up for the listeners to decide, but I think they’re pretty good no matter what.

If you don’t know the band’s rhythm section (Gus on bass and Kenny of Avulsion on drums) make up a great instrumental band I absolutely love from our beloved Buffalo area Ish Kabibble.  I’m a sucker for these bands, if you know me well enough….SAST is not a one trick pony and bring lots of versatility and talent to the drawing board.

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Ryan Mis- Vocals
Gordon Carlson- Guitar
Augustin Brand- Bass
Kenny Brand- Drums

 

Ryan’s voice is so pure, and can also fake you out with such a low guttural you wouldn’t think someone could get down that low for a guy that has a higher range.  Its wildly impressive, to be honest.  Gordon’s guitar work is all over the place, but is pretty sweet for the Primus fan in me. I think he has a lot of those weird ‘Ler guitar movements on his leads if you know what I mean.  I don’t need to say anymore on the greatness of the Brand father and son combo, they’re aliens from another multiverse. It’s well documented in their band, and now in here with Short Attention Span Theatre.  If you remember Avulsion from back in the day, Daddy Brand used to do some serious blasting for the Buffalo Death Metal heroes. You can check out the band’s wild musical adventures on their band camp and see when they will play out next by stalking their Facebook page.

Habitual Depravity- Realms Of Abysmal Servitude

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Habitual Depravity released this banger of an album a few weeks ago on December 30th.  It’s a brutal technical death metal project between guitarist/bassist/vocalist Jonathon Urwin and legendary drummer Marco Pitruzzella.  If I knew of this project a while ago, I would have added it to my wild 2018 list.  It’s a well produced album, with over the moon musicianship.  It’s impressive enough that Jon did a solid amount of the work, with wild guitar licks just set ablaze all over “Realms Of Abysmal Servitude”.  For a band of this magnitude, they do actually groove sometimes believe it or not.  His growl is very consistent and pleasant to the ears as well.  I’m more into the consistency, than growlers that constantly change pitch.  But, i’m a fan of both but his style fits his band PERFECTLY. If they could get this out in the real world, they sure as well would look beautiful with Decrepit Birth or Decapitated….no lie, they’re that good and can hang with the tech-ier bands if they could hire a few guys and play some shows here and there.

Now for the machine gun blaster Marco, holy crap. If you’re familiar with Bleak Flesh the Chilean neoclassical tech-deathers have him recording drums for their upcoming album. His blast beats are so clear, and effortlessly plays fills like he’s a legitimate robot.  This project is so great that doesn’t get enough credit.  However the album is brand new so give it more time to get more press and credentials.  For 2019, this is definitely going to end up in my gigantic “Best Of” article for sure.  The precision this duo masterfully displays is absolutely earth shattering.  Words can’t express how much I dig thi classic and modern mix of death metal with hints of prog and tech.  It is legitimately a half hour pure technicality, brutality and musical mastery.  If you want something killer and fresh, this project is for you.   Let the music do the talking, not me!