Between The Buried And Me- Automata 2


North Carolina’s premier prog band released the second part of the “Automata” series recently and like Auotmata 1 took a long time to sink in…..why? Well, for starters the second release was melodic like part one but a lot more experimental! The band incorporated more jazz elements and even some scat vocals! Lots of odd rhythms (as expected from any progressive band) are littered throughout this glorious trips along with some cool guitar duals, and some kick ass bass work from Dan Briggs himself including some bass solos.

BTBAM outdid themselves on both parts, but in the end 2 is my personal favorite of the two releases.  It’s not only heavy and melodic, but the band further pushed it’s boundaries on what they can write and what styles they can succeed in.  “Voice Of Trespass” blends all of those elements including the jazz and classic 1970’s prog influence as well.  Automata 2 further proves the perfect musicianship of BTBAM as a collective, and their true diversity sticking to their guns and original sound without sacrificing integrity continuing to push those boundaries.  Some fans think they “sold out” with Coma Ecliptic, but the band wanted to write something more melodic.

It’s a perfect mix of their 15 year existence of the band, and a mature evolvement in my opinion.  They keep raising the bar in modern prog and continue to be a very overlooked band.  I think its safe to say they know how good they are.  One of my favorite drummers of my generation Blake Richardson continues to shine and proving his diverse skill set.  It’s a top release of 2018 with many more great ones on the horizon.  Check out the songs below and then buy the damn thing!





Mordant Rapture- The Abnegation

Mordant Rapture - The Abnegation cover art

Mordant Rapture is releasing its debut EP “The Abnegation” July 13th through the Artisan Era.  I have to try to be objective, but holy shit this band hauls ass.  This is my personal favorite signing the label has made this year at least.  Why? Josh Miller is a fucking beast of a drummer, lets go with that.  The guitar work of Ben and Kent are out of this world…..this is tech death to the next level.  There’s all sorts of great track layering between synth/keys and orchestration that expand the sound of Mordant Rapture.

I love the experimentation the tech death movement with Mordant Rapture being a prime example.  Bands such as Burial In The Sky- Creatio Et Hominus (AMAZING album from Burial In The Sky, by the way) have experimented with saxophone, on top of their psychedelic prog death metal influence.  Dischordia- Binge/Purge is another great example (AWEOSME EP by the way definitely the band’s best work yet!) with its odd rhythms, flute, dissonance, marimba, ukulele and other extra instruments that Dischordia diversified their unique sound with. And yeah, their bassist Josh Turner plays the flute sections live.  The vocals of Rodriguez are so fierce and energetic it carries immense waves of adrenaline during “Abnegation”.

Mordant Rapture crafted a great debut EP, and look forward to their future with immense pleasure.  Tech freaks know Necrophagist is dead, and Spawn of Possession called it quits.  If you ask me, I think Mordant Rapture is ready to take a seat at the Tech Death table like King Arthur’s knights did.  These guys are off to one hell of a start as a band and hope this EP gets the respect it deserves.  Keep tech death great shredders!


Find out more about the band in my interview I did with them!

Mordant Rapture June 2018 Interview

The Abnegation:
1. Unsightly Beast
2. Withered
3. A Plea Above Ashes
4. Quell the Voiceless
5. Natal Trophies

Mordant Rapture:
Vocals- Rodrigo Rodríguez
Guitar- Ben Wilkinson
Guitar- Kent Congdon
Drums- Josh Miller

Carnal Decay- When Push Comes To Shove

Carnal Decay - When Pushes Comes To Shove. Cover Art


Carnal Decay is releasing a 7″ split vinyl on July 20th (also available digitally!) through Rising Nemesis Records.  I love death metal you can’t understand (like Visceral Disgorge heavy, for example) but vocalist Michael Kerns has a constant guttural you can understand. “When Push Comes To Shove” is also going to be distributed through other labels including: Nice to Eat you Records, Sevared Records,  Fat Tub of Lard Records, Brutal Mind, Pathologically Explicit Recordings, and UKEM Records.

Carnal Decay is disgusting heavy.  They have a handful of releases so far in their career and have a great sludgy and groovy rhythm.  The band just played a bunch of shows in Japan, as well.  That, and a whole ton of other shit including this upcoming release can be found in an interview right fucking here!

The band has groove for days.   Sebastian Mantel’s drumming really stands out as well.  It’s a great 3 song effort that shouldn’t be ignored.  The good news is they are working on more material for a full length. I totally approve of this band. Buy this shit!

Catch them at a show if you live anywhere near these dates in Europe!
21. July, Spain, Barcelona, Move Your fucking Brain Festival
20. October, Germany, Wermelskirchen, Bahndamm
24. November, Belgium, Peer, Brutality over Belgium North Edition

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Carnal Decay:
Drums: Sebastian Mantel
Bass: Nasar Skripitskij
Guitar: Isabelle Iten
Vocals: Michael Kern

All the preorder links are right here!


When Push Comes To Shove Track Listing:
1. When Push Comes To Shove
2. Food For Thought (feat. Igor Fil of Katalepsy)
3. We All Bleed Red



Inanimate Existence, Last Of Lucy, Fields of Elysium & more @ Stamps 7-3-18



Last night this obnoxious and teched our tour stopped in a half hour from my place, in Tonawanda. Let me tell you, well wait… can see my obsession. Inanimate Existence is turning into one of my modern day favorite bands more and more each weeks.  Their melodies, groove, track layering, awesome guitar work from Cam…..blistering drums from Ron, and killer backup growls and bass work from Scott……I really like this band a lot more every increasing week.  Fields of Elysium is killer, and thanks to this flyer released months ago to promote the tour I really end up digging their crazy style…..and I already knew Last of Lucy.  If it stops out near you at the end of this run, you shouldn’t even question it!




There was another opening band on the bill from the area that I didn’t arrive in time to check out. BUT I did get to the venue in time for Protopilot! One local band dropped off and these guys filled the spot.  Their instrumental sound was glorious! It mixed a ton of different genres…..rock, punk, funk, psychedelic and even grind core influences! It was a nice surprise to see how good they were.  Western New York does unfortunately have watered down bands, in the sense theres a lot of bands in the same popular genres (metal, rock, punk, acoustic, pop, etc.)…..but nothing I’ve seen that’s real experimental, proggy or against the norm of just being another band.  There is only a handful of bands I could rattle off that are instrumental, and was a fun and refreshing set of music. Stereotypically, instrumental bands are over the top technical.  What I dug about Protopilot is the guys had layered music focused on rhythm and melody……not over the top crazy, and cared about their songs not just showing off and playing as fast as they could.  It was a fun change in instrumental music…..I’d love to see them again.




Next up in the evening was the batshit crazy tech fiends Fields of Elysium! Holy shit did they put on a display of obnoxious technicality and groove that could last for months!  All the crazy tapping, sweep picking (did I mention a 7 string bass?) and great vocal dynamics between two different growls and some singing made it a very entertaining set.  The assumption (which is true half of the time) different progressive and technical bands go over the top didn’t necessarily apply here.  Their music is well thought out and goes as well together like the classic combination of Peanut Butter and Jelly.  If you’re into a high octane experimental death metal band these boys are for you! I think they almost blew the roof off of the venue last night.





Next up were the technical heavy hitters The Last of Lucy.  Wow, are they fun live! Relentless and energetic I didn’t fall asleep for hours after the show was over! The guys have crafted an interesting and unpredictable band that is ready for some great tours and definite festival slots.  These guys are relatively new and wish them nothing but the best.  They were super cool, to boot.  That’s why I love underground and independent bands more.  They’re not held up to a high stature and can say hi to them and don’t pay hundreds of dollars to tell them their music is awesome.  I love the intimacy of smaller shows and not a fan of arena shows for the most part.  As a guitarist, I was a bit wooed between Christian and Gad.  I tried an 8 string guitar before, didn’t know how to play off of that extra string…..I respect guys that can play those larger scaled guitars, which is why I leave it to the pros! Their vocalist Josh ended up hanging with the crowd  and going crazy during one of their songs.  They’re just flat out fucking good, kids. They also have saxophone in their music, and some jazzy sections.  They’re part of the experimental side of death metal….they stand out in many ways. Check them out!




And onto the main event.  After Last of Lucy tore our heads off and smacked us with them, Inanimate Existence took the stage……temporarily. After a song, the shitty laptop cutout.  Know what? They’re fucking professionals, shit happens.  Every touring artist knows it, no matter how prepared you are and want to be prepared for the worst.  They handled it well, unfortunately losing a good 15 minutes of their set…..but still heard 4 full songs (a few attempts at the same tracks when the laptop powered off :/  ) and even a new song they decided to play! The Artisan Era has been signing great bands, and when I found out about IE 3 years ago that catapulted my obsession with the band and record label.  Since then they’ve been signing top notch underground talent, and Inanimate Existence is another great band.  It’s amazing how cool and supportive the label and its bands are of each other, a true music family.  Cam’s guitar work is just great….great melody, knows when to rip a shred section and scale it back….just an absolute treat to watch a guitar wizard for a fellow 6 stringer like myself.  Scott’s growls and killer bass playing round out a very interesting sound for the trio, you may not always hear the bass the greatest in music sometimes it gets drowned out with the bass drum of the drum kit.  Hot damn, he played his ass off last night and didn’t ride one string their whole set.  Lots of killer fills and parts that weren’t necessarily easy…..color me impressed.  Now, to the skins man himself Ron is a great drummer.  I was drawn to that part of the band as well when I heard “Calling From a Dream” when it was released about 3ish years ago (I think?).  He has tasteful fills, and a nice blast that’ll make any death metal fan smile ear to ear.  Overall, this adds up to a very under appreciated and underdog of a band.  Minus the technological bullshit I’m glad I got to see another band off the Artisan Era record label and meet a band I really, really dig a lot.




Carnal Decay June/July 2018 Interview

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Switzerland death metal headbangers Carnal Decay are putting out a 7 inch vinyl release July 20th via Rising Nemesis Records (Don’t worry there’s digital versions available too!). The band recently toured Japan in support of the new release, and also talked about many other things.  Their vocalist Michael Kern answered the questions, if you are curious. Enjoy!


TMR: What got you guys into death metal?

It’s that raw, brutal sound that was fascinating to me from the very first time i heard it on until now.

I remember one of the first Bands i heard playing Deathmetal was Cannibal Corpse, back in that time I only knew Hardcore Bands like Sick of it all, Biohazard, my own victim…. and of course I knew Slayer but then there came these Growls, that blasting drum, and those (lets call it) slamming riffs. Just pure Brutality banned on CD. Now we know way more bands, that are faster, catchier and whatever but still it’s fun to listen to some new Albums of Cannibal, these guys are just still the same, like a rock!

TMR: How was the band name conceived and what or how was it influenced?


It’s that word Carnal if you search for that in an English->German Dictionary it means “fleshly”  and also “sensual”, to let these two things decay is like being unhuman…. I always liked Marvel Comics so there’s the match 😀


TMR: What’s it like being a smaller band?

It’s great! As a professional Sound Engineer i see a lot of Bands that are way bigger than my own but for some reason lots of those tours that are coming across the Clubs i work for are missing the fun and the “realness”.

Fake smiles and stressed out musicians is what I see sooo much that I really appreciate doing this all just for the fun of it.

We don’t have a label that’s telling us how to sound like or how many shows we have to play or whatever.

We are right where we want to be.


TMR: Any big dreams or goals for Carnal Decay?


Visiting more countries and play for people that are into our music, that’s it.

Of course to play more shows in different countries we have to make new records and sell those but to be honest I don’t want to be on a race track around the world and just put a needle into every country I played in. I prefer leaving a country with an experience that’s why we always try to make it some kind of holiday when we play abroad and enjoy some sights and food and beers and of course meet new people.


TMR: Who are some of your favorite bands these days? And all time favorites, as well.

I’ve always liked the bands i already mentioned, Biohazard, Hatebreed, Terror and stuff like that are a big influence to me on the Hardcore side, inside Death metal there’s mostly the beginning of 2000’s era that is a big deal for me, Bands like Pyaemia, Severe Torture, Disavowed (I just realized that the first bands getting in my mind are all from Holland) but also Despondency, Inveracity, Gorgasm (Masticate to Dominate aaaaaaaaah yessssss)…. great stuff from that time. I’m pretty much stuck in those days 😀

I hear new stuff but a lot of things dont really catch me that much, part of this is surely because a lot of records are very interchangeable. It’s somehow computerized, you get too much correction and the life gets sucked out of the music itself.


TMR: What are your show plans in the near future? Anything in the works?

21st of July 2018 we’ll be in Spain for the first time! YEAH! Move your fucking brain fest, that one will be in Barcelona! 20th of October in Wermelskirchen, Germany, that’s also going to be a fun one, Birthday bash for an old friend. Later this year 24th of November we’ll hit Belgium again on the “Brutality over Belgium” Festival. Some more shows are in planning we always put that stuff on our Facebook site:


TMR: Did the band intentionally write a few songs for a 7” or was that how many you felt was good for a release? 

Yes we just needed some new stuff and said  “Hey lets make a vinyl only thing”,, now that everyone is just downloading and streaming a CD with such a small cover art is pretty much senseless. So if you pay a cover artist Vinyl is the way to make it worth the money 😉


TMR: Anything for a full length you guys are working on?

We’ve got some riffs but nothing ready to record, we’ve always been kind of slow when it comes to songwriting but now that we live 400km apart from each other it doesn’t really speed things up if you know what I mean. It’s hard to find dates to rehearse and so we’re just taking it easy on that.

And trust me I know there’s ways of being online and send stuff back and forth but we still all prefer the old school way when it comes to songwriting. You can’t cheer each other through skype.


TMR: What bands/artists are you guys keeping an eye on you think are going to be great?

We just played with some great Bands over in Japan that I really like to mention here! “World End Man”, is kind of Misery Index-ish Death/Grind with a lot of drive, very energetic live show and great Musicianship!!!

“Eye Have you” nice Hardcore-Dudes from Osaka, great show, nice people! Really worth a check!!!

“Strangulation” from Tokyo, great dudes, nice tunes!!!


But when it comes to my actual fave album, Malevolence “Self Supremacy” and Enemy Mind “no safe place” are doing the trick for me at the moment 😉


TMR: How did your first few shows in Japan go?

That was a GREAT experience!!!! Those shows were crushing, we had so much fun on stage. Especially Osaka was one of the sickest shows for us since this band is existing, so much positive energy that came back to us from each visitor! So much love and respect. PLUS! The Whiskey was actually great over there 😀 we had that local one where you cant read a sign on the bottle haha.


TMR: What was it like in Japan? Were there any big moments of culture shock or did you guys naturally love it? I’ve kinda wanted to go myself at one point. Where did you guys play and visit before or after shows?

We were mostly in Tokyo and just traveled to Osaka for one show. Well Tokyo was nice but it’s like a lot of big cities in this world, there’s tons of shops, restaurants and bars and because we’re kind of lazy we didn’t find the “real deal” Japanese food. But what I can say is that people are extremely nice and helpful! All those signs that you see in the subway are unreadable to the western civilization but every time we asked someone for help they really try to help out the best they can and they are never too lazy to explain everything as good as they can without speaking the same language!


TMR: What are you guys interested in outside of death metal and music?


Outside of music there’s not that much time anymore, at least for me, as I said earlier I’m a Sound Engineer so that’s my day to day business with music. But I also like snowboarding in winter, going out skateboarding (downhill) in summer or just drive my motorbike around the Alps.

We all like nice views, good drinks and hanging with our friends I guess that is the main thing we’re into 🙂

TMR: Opinions on the second comeback album from At the Gates?


I just had to give it a listen on Spotify…. Well not my cup of coffee, I’m not that Swedish when it comes to death metal, it’s all well played but I prefer vocals to be more brutal and hateful, drums to be blasting and guitars to just slam and chunk, that’s too much melodyfor me in there.

I remember At the Gates to have more drive and not being that “dark” that was the time when I liked it a bit more but to be honest it never really got me.


TMR: What are your favorite albums or eps of 2018 so far? And what are you looking forward to?


I’m really looking forward to every new Band that crosses my path and it doesn’t matter what kind of music they play. If a band does it with passion it can be everything. That’s what I love about my job I see/hear so much new stuff that I don’t get stuck in one genre.


TMR: What are your favorite pieces of gear or instruments/mics past or present? Anything you’d love to own that you currently don’t?


SM58, preferably wireless not because we’re playing the big stages but it’s because I mostly stumble and fall over the fucking cables :-D.

Beside that our guitarist is playing an Ampeg VH140 which is our guitar tone for years now. A great piece of gear! And not easy to find when you’re over here in Europe! I know they go kind of cheap every now and then in the States but they’re close to impossible to reach over here! So anyone has a spare one? Hit me up please!!!!

Our bass player Nasar just got himself a Spector endorsement, nice basses with a good tone. You can hear that on our upcoming 7” 😉

Beside all that we’re a fucking punk rock band. We just play what’s there to play.

TMR: Provide links here whether it’s music related or not for anything you do outside of the band. Thanks for taking the time to chat and best wishes I love your music! 


Thank you very much for the interest in Carnal Decay! We feel honored!


Our Bassplayers Label Rising Nemesis Records:


Here’s some links to our drummers 5000 Bands, give them likes!!! 🙂

Take fucking Action (Grind):

Candero (Brutal death):

Bösedeath (Brutal death):


Of course this one here:


And my own company, if you need a soundguy/Backline for the Road 😉








Inanimate Existence July 2018 Band Of The Month!




Technical/Progressive Death Metallers Inanimate Existence is TMR’S July 2018 Featured Band Of The Month! As promised, they are this month’s showcased band as they placed third in total votes in May’s Battle Royale.  Plus, I fucking love this band.  The California Trio released their 4th album “Underneath A Melting Sky” last year and I am basically obsessed with it still a year later.  Good news is the guys are working on a follow up already.  I initially heard the band on Youtube I believe.  “Calling From A Dream” was when I heard them for the first time and I love the prog death metal mashup with the female vocals! I loved how diverse their sound was on their 3rd album with occasional clean sections and plenty of death metal too, mixed in with clean vocals and gutturals made it very appealing to me.

IE is not a one trick pony and that’s what I dig about the band.  Frontman and guitarist Cameron is a solid guitarist, to say the least.  The band’s latest album showcased his dramatic improvement as a songwriter and guitarist.  He knows how to harness his immeasurable talent, while making his leads very tasty and melodic…..far from boring and not necessarily repetitive.  Oh, and I get to see my homeboys in a few days on the 3rd when they come to town!


Left to Right: Guitars/Vocals Cameron Porras, Drummer Ron Casey, and Bass/Vocals Scott Bradley


In their short time, they have put out some very tasty passages and some great grooves too.  They’re one of the best bands out there on the scene right now, and a huge underdog.  The sky (HA!) is the limit for Inanimate Existence and if given a great opportunity I know they’d wow the masses of  a bigger festival or tour.  Ron Casey holds down the drums impressively every time he steps behind the kit.  Bradley keeps a great rhythm on bass, and also offers a second set of gutturals that gives the band two different voices in their songs.  The guys were initially signed with Unique Leader Records and within the last few years made the transition to the ever potent and rising Artisan Era record label.


I hope everyone digs IE, checks out their music and makes it to a show! They’re currently tearing it up with The Last Of Lucy and Fields of Elysium! Hope to see some of my local Buffalo metalheads at the show on July 3rd! Stay Tech bitches!








Alterbeast/Inferi/Nyktomorph @ Stamps June 27 2018

Alterbeast, Inferi and Rivers of Nihil are conducting a nation wide tour in support of all three band’s releases with Nihil headlining.  Fortunately for us Western New Yorkers, the supporting bands booked an off date with local black metallers Nyktomorph opening up. A second local band was supposed to play but dropped off last minute.  iPhone quality photos, excuse my amateur status I hope you enjoy the article!


I think this was the band’s 3rd show? I saw their first show at the Rockin’ Buffalo, and they had a good performance.  As you can tell, they’re a 3 piece now they need a bass player. They’re going to start working on their full length during the summer, so you won’t see the band coming out of hibernation until the fall time I heard there’s a show sometime in September I think they’re playing.  They’re a black metal band, without all the getup.  I was impressed this time around as much as their first show……they’re dark and eerie like any black metal band, but there’s something I really dig about them I can’t put my finger on……It’s just heavy as fuck, and awesome. My colleagues in THE METAL were at the show and also took some video….




Next up were the Inferi dudes. When they took the stage, there was a confirmation their other guitar player Mike couldn’t make the tour for some vacation or something? But they’re continuing the tour as a 4 piece.  Both guitarists Malcom and Mike run their record label The Artisan Era together.  They’re continuously signing mind blowing tech bands including their own (Inferi and Oubliette).  Unfortunately the guys played a handful of songs even with a smaller bill with the other band cancelling….point is I still got to see one of the most overlooked technical death metal bands on the scene right now.  They’re all the way out in Nashville, so it made it easy to go to the show knowing they may or may not be back.  Their latest album “Revenant” is one of the best releases of the year without a doubt. The neoclassical elements and obnoxious guitar playing of the bearded wizard Malcom made it a very entertaining set.  The band’s first two albums are great, but the production wasn’t the greatest……Revenant is a well produced album and if you didn’t know they’re working on remastering and remixing their first two and putting them on vinyl!

If you somehow need further convincing you can check out the stream of Revenant right below here.


Here’s some great guitar work from Malcom himself…..I swear the dude is extremely underrated and if put on a larger level, he’d wow larger crowds. An inspiration for all guitarists, especially for a bum like myself!


Video clip of Inferi via The Metal:




Now for the main act…..Tech death thrashing Alterbeast.  Wow, their 2 albums do them no justice in comparison to their live show.  Now, if you know me I’m the laid back metalhead who doesn’t really mosh, protects the people who get thrown from the pit and constantly headbangs.  During Alterbeast though, they really energized the crowd and I felt the need to be a stereotypical metalhead.  I really like Alterbeast’s formula of fitting as much into a shorter song rather than the opposite of the band who played before them Inferi who have some bigger songs.  Their latest album doesn’t even hit the 40 minute mark! They’re quick, tech, and straight to the point.  The Californians put on one hell of a show and left me pumped full of adrenaline.


Here’s the stream of their latest album “Feast” which dropped earlier this year in February.  Buy it!


Video clip of ALTERBEAST via The Metal:


Overall, this was a killer show and for a measly $12 who wouldn’t want to see a lineup as killer as this? If it cost $30 I wouldn’t have felt ripped off, considering the talent that was put on display that evening. Next week Inanimate Existence pops (another great band like Inferi signed to Artisan Era!) with Last Of Lucy and Fields of Elysium at the same venue Stamps on July 3rd.  I’ll be there, so you can probably expect another article similar to this….and I have an obsession with Inanimate Existence, so it might be a bigger article.

Stay tech!