Darkest Horizon- Aenigmata

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Darkest Horizon is a Melodic Epic Death Metal band out of Germany that really caught my ears.  “Aenigmata” was recently unleashed upon our unworthy world on October 6th.  They recently were billed with Wintersun on their European “By Request” tour and can’t complain all being a Wintersun fan.  The guys have a solid melodic vibe, mixed in with some great growls and singing that keep you going craving more.  There’s plenty of speed, and also some groove to go with that speed.  Darkest Horizon is quite a varied band that is a good change in pace for a guy like me that likes the weird prog sub genres and tech death explosion of recent years.

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DARKEST HORIZON:
Aurelius Lie (Vocals)
Olli Sattler (Guitars)
Daniel Baum (Guitars)
Christian Mühlbauer (Keys)
Jonas Heinzel (Bass)
Vincent Haas (Drums)

Aurelius Lie has a great voice…..his growl is also a bit lower, think Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth) heavy.  It’s very distinct and fits his band to a tee.  The guitar tandem of Olli Sattler and Daniel Baum is absolutely majestic with their melodic leads and duals that masterfully inserted in “Aenigmata”.  The band’s music makes you want to go into the forest and explore its dark and wintery landscape.  Darkest Horizon is a very great band that not enough people know about and am pleasantly surprised I do now.  The album is available on many digital and streaming platforms.  There are also physical copies currently available of “Aenigmata” and their previous releases as well. They do have an upcoming show on December 22nd in Germany called the “New Year Apocalypse”.  If you can make it, go to it!

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1997130317272037/

 

https://www.facebook.com/darkesthorizon/

http://www.darkesthorizon.com

https://www.instagram.com/darkesthorizon/

 

Inertia- Teratoma

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Happy Thanksgiving loyal web creepers! Buffalo’s fine tech death/prog/experimental trio INERTIA has released a fucking monstrous full length that isn’t Weaponex. Both bands have released my two favorite offerings this year from Buffalo bands and shit is it a treat.  Let’s dive balls deep into this wild album, shall we?

INERTIA:

Steve Mcintosh- Vocals

Kahlil Sarikey- Guitars/Bass

Doug Griffith Jr.- Drums

I’ve heard their originals, and never saw the band live until I saw them at the GAWD (Greatness And World Domination) CD release show at the Rockin’ Buffalo.  Holy fuck did they leave a lasting impression.  What I love the most about “Teratoma” is how far they’ve progressed as a band, branching out to realms outside of obnoxious riffs and technical death metal.  There’s a ton of clean sections this time around, and Kahlil’s work can not be understated here.  The guy has some of the prettiest melodic chord progressions, and then sweeps all day like its his job.  I can’t get over how clean he plays, it was a damn treat to see it live at the Rockin’ Buffalo.  As a fellow guitarist, I salute you brother!

Inertia is our local Between the Buried and Me/Contortionist mashup.  I really dig these guys because there’s so much watered down music here, and truthfully in any local music scene and they are far from that.  Inertia defies “another metal band” or “another rock band”.  Their music really shows how hard the trio works at composing their music, and transitioning from track to track.

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I’m not the biggest fan of modern metal, but the breakdowns that Inertia throws in are tasteful and totally not focused on them….you know those cool “GET YOUR FUCKING ASS UP ITS THE BREAKDOWN” annoying brocore kids, that annoying shit.  What Inertia is doing is tasteful….and ART.  You can hear all of modern prog metal and a laid back 70’s prog or classic rock all in one track.  Inertia WILL and give you one hell of a musical ride and shit you won’t want to jump off once you’re on.

Griffith’s drumming demands your attention. I loved how wild this guy gets, and then can dial it back playing tasteful fills in their clean jazzy sections. Steve’s wide vocal range is awfully impressive with some real low gutturals and higher shrieks that fits his band’s sound to a tee.  It’s amazing a band of this artistic caliber isn’t known enough around their own area, and hope everyone outside of Buffalo checks out these guys. It wouldn’t be too far fetched to say they could open for BTBAM and The Contortionist on a tour. Yeah, I think these guys are that damn good.  Bands like Inertia are refreshing to someone like me looking for weirder music, and something out of the norm.

Inertia IS hosting a release show in support of “Teratoma” at the Mohawk Place in good ‘ol downtown Buffalo.  $5, $8 day of….come on what reason DO YOU POSSIBLY have to pass up this show? I hope it goes well for the guys, I know I’m gonna make it one way or another.  GO!  It’s November 30th starting around 7pm, featuring ISHKABIBBLE (another local favorite of mine, bassist and drummer instrumental duo they’re wild), Grizzly Run and Allegiant.

https://www.facebook.com/events/182998982627715/

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Fractal Cypher November 2018 Interview

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Fractal Cypher has recently released a new piece of music and I chatted with Vincent and Simon about the album, the band and other various topics.

https://www.facebook.com/fractalcypher

twitter.com/FractalCypher

https://www.instagram.com/fractalcypherofficial/?hl=en

https://fractalcypher.bandcamp.com

 

TMR: Which of your albums do you prefer more and why?

 

Vincent : It’s a hard question to answer. I’d say neither of them is my favorite. I like every record we did, they are just really different. However, I have to say that we are really more comfortable and confident when performing the new songs. The reason is that we learned how to work together and we wrote and built the songs in a way that everyone feels comfortable so we can use the talent of each band member at its best.

 

TMR: Where was your band name inspired from?

 

Vincent : The band name  Fractal Cypher is originally an idea from Simon, the singer and Ludovick the keyboard player and composer. For those who probably don’t know, Fractal  is a term employed most of the time to describe a geometric shape or a design. It’s a geometric form or object that constantly evolves from its initial shape. Cypher means: a secret method of writing to transmit a message or a code. We thought it would be cool to put the two concepts together, which means a repeating secret code that constantly evolves on itself, so it’s finally a message that can never be found.

 

TMR: Tell everyone how Fractal Cypher came to be.

 

– Vincent : The band was founded in august 2014 by Simon Lavoie, Ludovick Daoust and Myself. I met Ludovick back in the days at college, we were in the same music program and we were sharing the same musical interest. Few years later I met Simon in a band contest (Canadian final Envol & Macadam contest) in Quebec City. At that time, Ludovick had a few songs written for a few years already and he was looking to form a band with me.  I contacted Simon and asked him if he would be down to be part of it. After listening to the tracks we had at the time, he didn’t hesitate to join us. A few weeks later, old friends of us Steven Cope on drums and Tommy Fradette on bass were joining us as well. That’s how Fractal Cypher is born.

 

TMR: What attracted you guys to progressive and experimental music?

 

Vincent : The main reason is probably because our musical influences are very large and diversified. Everyone in the band has a different musical background that touches a lot of different styles. We see progressive metal as a style with no barrier, we can do whatever we want, switch from a style to another, have a  jazzy song and a really heavy/djenty song within the same album and everything have its place. We like it when an album offers a roller coaster effect, something that is nonlinear and interesting to listen to. This is why we decided to tag our music as progressive.

 

TMR: Describe the writing and recording process for your upcoming release “Prelude To An Impending Outcome”. Did you guys do anything different musically or recording wise this time around? Where was everything recorded?

 

Simon : We recorded at the studio The Grid in Montreal, with Christian Donaldson and Marco Fréchette. This is the same studio where we recorded “The Human Paradox” in 2016.

 

Concerning the writing process, we worked the same way we did for our previous album “The Human Paradox”. The main songwriter of the band is Ludovick, the keyboard player. He usually completes the songs in term of structures and melodies and we go over them in band. They evolve to their final stage during this time. The lyrics are composed mainly by Simon, the singer, with a few exceptions where other members of the band contribute.

 

Compared to our previous album, I’d say this one sounds more how we really sound live. We took care to use our real tone, especially on guitar and bass, when we mixed the album. In terms of songwriting, I’d say the songs are more refined and more mature.

 

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TMR: Favorite song from your upcoming release?

 

Vincent : I love every song on the record, but I have to say that i like to jam “Coming Back To Life” quite a lot. The guitar solo is really cool to play on this one.

 

TMR: Does Fractal Cypher have any upcoming shows to support “Prelude To An Impending Outcome”?

 

Vincent : Yes ! We are going to do a release show on January 11th 2019 at Foufounes Electriques in Montreal. So if you are in that area we hope to see you there !

 

TMR: How did everyone’s journey as a musician begin and who primarily influenced your craft whether it’s a person or a band?

 

Simon : This is a complicated question to summarize into a single straight forward answer. We’ve all been attracted into metal music around 15 y/o with old bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica or Black Sabbath to name a few. Afterwards, we discovered bands such as Children of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Nightwish, Sonata Arctica and so on. Looking at those guys certainly gave us the will to do something similar and grab our first guitar, bass or drum kit. What comes after is only hard work and dedication to the craft, the art and mainly because we love it. It’s too hard to pinpoint one artist who changed everything. We all got influenced by the same artists/bands while growing up and ended up together by a twist of fate, a lucky twist that is.  

 

TMR: Go into detail please about the album title and ep and what everything means.

 

Simon : Since it’s a 4 song mini album, the album title doesn’t summarise the overall topic of the songs on the record. We wanted a title that gives a statement about what’s coming next. So, this mini-album is kind of a Prelude to what’s about to come. Also, it keeps to mystery about it. What’s the outcome? We like when things are not too literal and can be interpreted in a great number of ways. So we’d like to say to make it your own. What’s the meaning? You tell us!

 

  1. Who designed the EP cover? It looks cool!

 

– Vincent: Thanks, glad you like it! This artwork has been done by Mikio Murakami from Silent Q design. He also did the artwork for our previous album The Human Paradox. The work this guy does is simply amazing, you should definitely check out his site.

 

TMR: You have 8 hours of driving 4 hours each way. What 5 bands discographies do you choose?

 

  • Toto
  • Scar Symmetry
  • Pink Floyd
  • Periphery
  • Twelve Foot Ninja

 

TMR: How did your music video for “From The Above And To The Stars” go? Describe your experience.

 

Vincent: It’s been a really cool experience but a lot of work ! It was not our first music video so we knew what to expect but you really have to stay focus and patient. The video has been filmed in 2 segments, one day with the full band and another one with Simon only. The first day with the full band took approximately 12 hours to shoot. We filmed every band member one at a time and everyone did 8-10 shots each on a 8 minute song…so that is why it was quite long.  We rented a light kit to create like a space/sci-fi ambience to fit with the theme of the song. It took another 3-4 hours just to install the light kit and set everything, so yeah, it’s been a lot of work but we are really proud of the results!

 

Edgard November 2018 Interview

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I got a great opportunity to get to know EDGARD a solo artist with a bluesy/prog/jazz style that isn’t technical but very emotion and feel based…..like Robin Trower.  This guy is  something else man, check out his music ASAP.  Here’s a quick interview and attached are some of his tunes.  Enjoy!

 

https://www.facebook.com/EDGARD.music/

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TMR: Explain the history of Edgard and what influenced the band name.

As I’m playing my own original music, naturally I decided that the project would be under my own name Edgard.

TMR: I understand you are working on a debut EP.  How is recording going? Do you have any news you can share?
I’ve recorded my debut Live EP “EDGARD | Live at Bedrock” at Bedrock LA Studios in Echopark. It was an incredible experience to record  4 original songs of mine, live tracking simultaneously all the parts and capturing the moment’s energy. The EP was mixed and mastered by Arthur Luna and features alongside me Brian Singer on bass, Alex Frizzell on drums and Nathan Lorber on keys.
TMR: What made you want to blend so many sounds? I’ve recently listened to your live EP and it’s really cool! Kinda proggy, bluesy and jazzy…like a modern day Robin Trower. 
I’ve always found to write songs in the most distinct  styles and vibes. Through different sounds, portray certain emotions. I appreciate the kind words! Yeah.. my own blend of rock, blues and prog. Funny enough, I enjoy very much Robin Trower!
TMR: Who were your favorite artists growing up? And who are some of your favorite bands right now? Any great gems you can recommend?
I’ve alway been extremely inspired by Jimi Hendrix since I was a kid. Derek Trucks is another huge influence of mine. Jeff Beck, Eric Gales, Mark Lettieri, Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan… Check out these amazing artists Marcus King Band and Artur Menezes!
TMR: Are you familiar with the Threatin scandal that’s been taking over the internet lately? That’s the guy that booked his own european tour and supposedly self funded it that has been all a lie.  Any opinions on this insanity?
Yeah, I’ve heard about it. Unbelievable, I’d say. The whole story is messed up. It kind of reflects on nowadays industry demand on expressive numbers on social media and also practices of generating fake digital audiences being banalized. You never know what’s occurring on the other side, though…
TMR: Are there any upcoming shows for Edgard? I assume there has to be something soon to support your upcoming EP release.
I’ve just came back to Los Angeles from a short 3-week tour supporting my debut Live EP release. I’ve performed 3 shows in Rio de Janeiro, my hometown. First at Dumont Arte Bar in Gávea, then at Ganjah Lapa near downtown and finally at Bar Sobe in Jardim Botânico. I’m currently booking new dates and working on more material.
TMR: What is your favorite piece of gear you currently own? And something you are dying to have?
I believe it’s my electric guitar, LsL Custom Saticoy “Kaleo”. She was custom made for me and it’s a delight to play with. 
TMR: How did you get into music? What factors influenced it and did you think you would be doing it as a living rather than just for fun?
I’ve always had music in my life. I’ve picked up the guitar when I was 7 years old and have been developing my own sound ever since. To make music is beyond me. Is my passion, it is who I am. I’d be doing anything different.
TMR: What has been your single most important highlight or event as an artist? And for your band Edgard, as well.
Releasing and performing my own music in my hometown to a packed house with dear friends, family and a warm crowd.
TMR: Your favorite or best show you played? And on the flip side, the worst or most embarrassing show you were a part of?
I’ve performed at a local blues bar called The Sand Dollar Lounge in Las Vegas. We’ve performed for 3h and we were on fire that night. The crowd was amazing, enthusiastic and just kept on buying us drinks onstage. And it wasn’t embarrassing, but a weird cancer it was during a show in Colorado on Christie Huff’s tour. There was a wind storm and everything started to fell apart mid-set. We carried on and finished the songs and kept moving with the set.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No_yFi9yLo8
https://open.spotify.com/album/25ARA3RsX0ap6STf85kBbW
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Astrolabe- The Hermit, The Fool, The Hanged Man

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This band totally surprised me and caught me off guard.  After I checked out their upcoming 3 song EP, they got me hooked.  This progressive psychedelic rock band kept me interested with the fact one of my favorite prog drummers Marco Minneman stepped in and recorded the drums on this EP! HOLY SHIT! That isn’t even the best part.  The melodic guitar playing of Victor keeps the music even fresher than it already is.  You have a great psychedelic classic prog rock vibe, with some occasional yelling and shouting here and there to make sure you’re paying attention as well.  It’s a well written EP that is very artistic and tasteful.

Astrolabe has successfully blended many eras, influences and ideas into one wild melodic roller coaster.  Although the songs may be kinda technical and more unusual in comparison to oversaturated commercialized music, that shouldn’t stop anyone from checking out Astrolabe.  The heavy amount of keys, synth and organ tracks really give it the classic prog rock vibe the guys were going for.  The further the EP goes on, the more you musically and artistically understand how hard these guys really worked on this EP.  Not just musically, but the theme and lyrics as well.  This was anything BUT a half assed effort from Astrolabe.  I totally recommend this insane piece of music to anyone looking to try something new, or artistic.  Check out this EP when it’s released December 7th and buy it right away!

https://www.facebook.com/AstrolabeOfficial/

 

Catalysis Self Titled Debut EP

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Catalysis is releasing their self titled debut EP in groovy and melodic fashion.  This groove and melody driven metal band is worth your listen if that makes you tingle all over.  The guys got help from Mendel from ABORTED mixing their EP! Now let’s get to some tuneage.

I’ll be honest….modern metal (in the commercial sense) has turned to absolute breakdown riddled bullshit (at least in my continent of North America, Europe is a glorious scene and totally different in my opinion).  The better metal bands in my opinion are smaller and don’t want to sacrifice their sound to sound catchy. Catalysis though proved me wrong, with a smile on my face.  Their aggression and passion remind me of the younger, more talented Machine Head (not the Catharsis era shit).  There’s plenty of growling and some singing as well that perfectly compliments their sound.

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Here are some of the band’s upcoming shows in support of their Self Titled EP.  If you live in Europe, get to these shows!

 

Catalysis:

Drew Cochrane – Lead Guitar
Sean Ramson – Rhythm Guitar
Col MacGregor – Bass & Vocals
Calum Rennie – Drums

 

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I wanted to change it up around here, for a few articles.  Something not as tech or experimental, but still in your face.  Catalysis is a great band that brings the energy and headbanging without sacrificing any quality in their music.  Cochrane and Ramson’s chemistry on guitar is great for a fellow shredder to hear, there’s some good leads on the EP but they’re not oversaturated that they kill the songs and take up the whole EP.  The band was another fun surprise I got the chance to check out and thoroughly enjoyed their debut EP, as should the rest of the world.  The EP drops December 14th, mark that day on your calendars and get your preorders in as well at the link right below.

https://catalysis.bigcartel.com/?fbclid=IwAR0Z9f8hOAQTEJNYtoxcyDvBlNZZ6OV-TFR8v21gZM-0Q7MfJd-T7P5DfGU

https://www.facebook.com/catalysismetal/

Geoff Barone- Acquiescence

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Geoff Barone is a local musician from Western New York who writes and records his music as a mutli instrumentalist.  He has a unique sound that propels the listener to multiple galaxies all at the same time.  There is a big operatic and cinematic influence mixed in with some Devin Townsend chunks of past and present.  Acquiescence is a rock opera concept.  And how cool is that album cover? That TOTALLY SCREAMS western new york.  I enjoyed the album because there aren’t many true artists (or maybe I haven’t stumbled upon the right ones) around my area.  Not trying to be kvlt or trve, ya know.  What I’m struggling to say is an artist that not only is a multi instrumentalist and at least mixes their own music, but also dips into many genres and isn’t afraid.  We have so many one genre bands and artists that guys like Barone are a good reminder to hold out hope for those types.  He has plenty of heavier sections, but doesn’t overdo it musically.  He isn’t out to rip your heart out playing at 300 BPM, Geoff is focused on song layering and writing.  There’s acoustics, clean guitar, saxophone and lots of different piano and keyboard tracks.  Even the trumpet makes an appearance towards the end of the album!

He has that knack on not repeating himself musically.  Some bands tend to write the same exact way or stick to a certain formula.  Barone has masterfully put together a solid   album that is so diverse it should see a wider audience.  His prog background makes for a wild trip that occasionally reminds you of the old days of Zappa here and there.  He had plenty of guests make appearances vocally and instrumentally that bring this album to light.  If you’re looking for a fresh prog sound that isn’t extreme, and like a good concept album with some nods to some great artists in the genre…..Geoff Barone is your man for the job.  “Acquiescence” has been out since April and should check out the sales on his bandcamp.  He currently has a deal that includes lyrics, a few bonus tracks and iPhone voice memo recordings of the 16 songs! Oh, and there’s plenty of other albums to check out too don’t you worry. The man is a true musician and artist, don’t be a cheapskate and listen for free.  Try to support the man’s journey, at least.

https://geoffbarone.bandcamp.com

https://geoffbarone.bandcamp.com/album/acquiescence

 

https://www.facebook.com/gbaronemusicpage/

https://www.geoffbarone.com

Thoren- Gwarth 1

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My Thoren buddies are at it again, but with a much more straightforward and equally as fucked up and wild follow up to Brennenburg.  They’re an instrumental project with a shit ton of dissonance, weird rhythms and some jazz influences here and there.  “Gwarth 1” is a wild ride of that, but less experimental and proggier.  Their second born is a much more straightforward and heavier (I’m fairly convinced) offering that can appeal to metalheads with shorter attention spans.  The amazing blend of Gorguts and Ulcerate influence in this band is never-ending, and isn’t for the stupid or narrow minded (I mean that in an honest and non offensive way, for the pussies).  This band knows how to write weird songs and keep you zeroed in. If still need more motivation, the band partnered up with Kenny from Imperial Triumphant (experimental black metal with horns!) and  Alex Cohen (ex-Pyrrhon with their weird ass indescribable sound) on drum duties. Toilet Ov Hell has an early stream that started monday November 5th to check out the full album.

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“Gwarth 1” is an artistic and fucked up trip not many people can appreciate so all you Disturbed loving mofos can go take walk around the block while the adults roll with some real art!  There’s also lots of creepy acoustic guitar on the band’s sophomore release, which really makes this album flow.  Just like Brennenburg, Gwarth 1 is a creepy offering that again is similar but still fairly different musically and theme wise.

Check out the album above, and buy it starting this Friday November 9th. The preorder links are below to get your digital copy (sorry no CD’S unless there’s a dramatic rise in popularity with Thoren).  This instrumental band knows how to kick ass and take names.
https://thoren.bandcamp.com/album/gwarth-i

Thoren – Gwarth I
1. Firith
2. Agarwaen
3. Galvorn
4. Scatha
5. Daleb Dath
6. Angos
7. Ebrietas
8. Kos
9. Tyranny

Thoren – Gwarth I Line-Up
Anthony Lipari – Guitars (Evilyn, Vihaan)
Joseph Paquette – Bass (Evilyn)
Alex Cohen (Live for Malignancy, ex-Pyrrhon, Epistasis, Involuntary Convulsion)
Session Drums (Tracks 1, 2, 4, & 6-8)
Kenny Grohowski (Imperial Triumphant, Secret Chiefs3) – Session Drums (Tracks 3, 5, & 9)
Maggie Cocco – Session vocals (Track 8: “Kos”)

Additional Gwarth I Album Credits
-Mastered by John Strieder (Magma Art & Sound, formerly Magma Studios, Berlin, Germany)
-Drums recorded at Solitude Studios, Carversville, PA
-Guitar and Bass recorded in respective members home studios
-Cover Art by Anthony Lipari

https://www.facebook.com/ThorenDeath/
https://thoren.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/drylands666/
https://drylands666.wordpress.com/

Great bands from Midwest/Northwest America, and Indonesia

Yeah, there’s a TON of hot bands from these areas and I’m gonna hook you n00bs up. And verbally blowing these areas, so to speak.  There’s so many good unheard of bands between Colorado, Missouri, Washington and random countries like Indonesia. Let’s fuck shit up and hopefully some of you haven’t heard of these bands and dig them!

Dischordia-  A death metal band that isn’t afraid to experiment.  Coming out of Oklahoma  (maybe southwest or southern america? close enough I guess?) I’ve been obsessed with this band since I heard their latest wild 2 song ep Binge/Purge. All sorts of weird shit beside lots of dissonance and rhythms.  There’s some ukulele flute marimba and all kinds of random shit on this killer EP.  They’ve only progressed to greater things with every release….don’t sleep on these dudes.

 

 

Aethereus- Some sweet, sweet ass tech death with prog moments from Tacoma Washington.  Another ridiculous band that the modern day metal hotspot Artisan Era record label has recently signed.  They aren’t totally over the top tech like Brain Dill or the short lived legendary cult tech perfectionists Necrophagist, but blend their sound so smoothly and perfectly.  Great vocals, guitar work and intense drumming will keep you busy for years.  Hail Aethereus!

 

 

Ahtme-  My brothers from Kansas City put on a lights out performance in September with Micawber and Lago in Niagara Falls at STAMPS.  Their album “Sewerborn” has been on constant repeat for me.   The band present a great mix of technical death metal and the groovy side of death metal that keep you foaming at the mouth.  They have another album through the original band name “A Roman Holiday” but changed their name in their new journey as Ahtme so technically Sewerborn is their debut album.  I hope you guys love this band as much as I do.  I got a chance to talk with the guys after their set that night…..they’re even cooler and down to earth.  Support this great band!

My personal favorite AHTME rager….great grooves, some technicality….Brent’s voice is awesome on this track.  

 

Sunless-  If it wasn’t for the previously mentioned Dischordia who talked about these guys, I wouldn’t have known about these lads from Minnesota.  Sunless brings the heavy with extra dissonance, like Gorguts crazy.  Many cool ass rhythms bring this band to life.  They are also recent members of Willowtip Records one of the solid record labels out there! Horns up for SUNLESS!

 

 

Decrescent- A killer tech death release from this year from Milwaukee’s finest (quite possibly) was such a great surprise.  As a guitarist I was naturally drawn to that part of the band.  The vocals stuck with me, shortly thereafter.  They’re a great project to write down and keep an ear open for….Blackened Bequest is a great album and hell of a debut. Feast your ears on this one tech trekkers!

 

 

Vale of Pnath- A killer, killer tech/progressive death metal band from Colorado slays.  Vance Venezuela has gone through many lineups but has put out some of the most underrated music in the genre(s).  Enjoy this killer band and Vance’s wild shred, it’s one hell of a ride so hold on for dear life!

 

My favorite Vale of Pnath track….fuck yeah BLACKER THAN!

 

 

Now for a few bands from Indonesia…..yeah that’s right.  They really throw the fuck down! Here’s a few bands that will kick your ass.

Neptunus-  For you overdone tech lovers that love Brain Drill with a bit of Rings of Saturn and Necrophagist this is for you sick fucks.  Over the top, heavy, and wild technical death metal to the CORE…seriously.  Dive right into this fucker right NOW.  Product of the great Indonesian extreme label Eastbreath Records!

 

Wormrot- Okay, they’re from Singapore but they’re pretty close to Indonesia….so I guess it counts? If you like disgusting, heavy and energetic grind core this under appreciated band should get your attention. They can groove the fuck out, and then explode out of nowhere into an obnoxious realm.  They’re very, very awesome.  I have a soft spot for grind core with their heavy ass and fun quick songs….if you can’t appreciate a good grind core quickie then WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?

 

 

Cadaver- A disgusting tech death band with death metal roots from the same label as Neptunus brings the heat big time.  Some great grooves, addicting vocals and sweet drumming keep me locked in with this band at least.  These guys have a great future! Check this wild band out!

 

 

 

Okay, now that i’ve verbally wanked off these bands go check them out and their regions! Canada is churning out some great technical and progressive death metal too.  If there’s any other great bands from these areas as well don’t forget to mention them.  I figured I had to write a piece on these killer bands that more people should be familiar with.  Stay Tech my freaks!