One of my most anticipated releases this year has to be Chicago, IL’s Alaya and their upcoming debut album Thrones, which comes out March 17th via Basick Records. The band first got my attention with their track “Inside“, which feature a mix of melodic tech metal with clean vocals and strong melodies that was something that sent hooks into my skin and has failed to leave since. You can (and totally should) pre-order your copy of Thrones via iTunes.
But something that I didn’t realize about “Inside” until I spoke with drummer David Jacob Robison was that the song was lyrically heavily influenced by the French horror film of the same name. In fact, Robison told me that several tracks on the debut album were lyrically inspired by several horror films. And now, with the album coming out soon, we’re able to bring you that exact list! Head on below to read how Alaya might just be the best kept secret when it comes to the melding of horror and music! READ MORE
Melodic tech-metal band Alaya have released an official video for their new track “Sleep”, which comes from the upcoming album Thornes (tentatively out this Spring via Basick Records). You can watch the video, which has several strong horror influences (The hands pushing through the wall? The shadows creeping along the floor?) below courtesy of Metal Hammer. READ MORE
French progressive metal band Uneven Structure has released a full stream of their EP 8. Originally released in 2009, the band has since “re-worked, re-recorded and re-packaged” the EP to bundle it with their 2011 full length album Februus (which is a fantastic album, I might add).
Guitarist Igor Omodei states, “8, as a collective piece is something we love to play live but the way we do now is quite different from the 2009 EP. So we decided to release this altered version by going back to the drawing board, reworking it, taking advantage of the lineup consolidation and technical progress we’ve been through since the original was out. This is a thank you to our fans for being so supportive and believing in us, and we really hope they will enjoy what we’ve done with it. Whilst they enjoy this, we’re busy in our batcave, working on our second album. We want to get that exactly right as it’s a concept album, the technical aspect is more engaging than on Februus and we’re leaving more room for experimentation which means our writing spectrum is broad as hell.”
Described as “…Pink Floyd’s creativity meets Meshuggah’s brutality with a side serving of Devin Townsend’s progressive charm,“, the 8 EP is available to pre-order along with Februus here. You can listen to the full stream below. READ MORE
UK tech metal band Aliases have released a music video for their new track “Exasperated”, which comes from the band’s upcoming debut album (out later this year via Basick Records). The single is also the band’s first release with new singer Joe Rosser.
Comments new vocalist Rosser, “It’s been great to bond with a group of musicians with the same sort of outlook on music as me. I think the moment we shared ideas we gelled together really well. Not only that but the fact that they are such great people to be around, we have become good friends. Working on the single has been so much fun. From laying down ideas to progressing it to a full length song, it more or less took its course and the rest of the bend felt what I added gave it a better twist than they anticipated. Recording the video was insane. Lack of sleep, lots of energy drinks and a huge office block with a DIY bedroom set…. It couldn’t have been more surreal! Ben Herbert who directed it was so sound to work with and brought out the best in the ideas we had for the visual aspect of it all. I’ve admired the band for some time and never thought I could match the standard, but it seems this time I proved myself wrong and I am looking forward to a progressive future with Aliases. It’s gonna be a blast!”
You can watch the video below as well as download the song for free. READ MORE
French progressive metal band Uneven Structure has released a fantastic video for their track “Frost/Hail”, which you can watch below. The highly-stylized video makes great use texture as well as an almost Argento-esque flair for different colors. It’s a very epic video, completely with icy landscapes, strange monoliths, and gigantic waves.
Director/guitarist Igor Omodei comments, “Our first video, “Awaken”, was always meant to be followed by “Frost/Hail” and we wanted to finally release it before we completely immersed ourselves in writing and recording our second album. Awaken was about getting used to the characters and getting out of your comfort zone. Frost/Hail is about discovering what’s out there, the rules and hazards defining your world/mind but also the limitless potential lying in taking the risk to confront and bend these.”
“Frost/Hail” comes from the band’s 2011 release Februus, which you can listen to after the jump. READ MORE
Well, this is it folks, the last day of 2012. It’s been a year just like any others. We’ve had good stuff happen, we’ve had bad stuff happen. But now is the time to look forward and feel excitement. After all, it’s a new year! It’s a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, etc… And what makes things better than some new music, right? So, with that in mind, I’ve come up with 14 albums that I just cannot WAIT to get my grubby little mitts on. Check ‘em out below and make sure to leave your most anticipated albums in the comments! READ MORE
Basick Records have signed Chicago band Alaya to their roster. Their debut album Thrones will be released next year. As part of this announcement, the band has released a video for their song “Inside”, which I highly recommend you check out below. I can’t exactly put my finger on why, but I’ve been listening to this song on repeat for the past half hour and I’m not getting tired of it at all.
Vocalist/Guitarist Evan Graham Dunn comments, “It’s surreal – signing to a label that supports bands I’ve been a fan of for some time. Uneven Structure especially has been in my deck since “8″ was released. As a band, we’ve waited for our entire career for someone to give us this chance, and we’re going to do everything we can to make the most of it. We can’t wait to hit the ground running and continue to work our collective asses off knowing now that Basick Records has got our back.”
One of the things I noticed was that Dunn uses a Godin LGX-SA, which on top of being a gorgeous and fantastic guitar (I’ve played several and they were all amazing) has the ability to hook up a guitar synth system. The sonic possibilities are pretty endless once you do that, so I’m really intrigued to see what sounds and textures they come up with. These guys are definitely on my “watch” list. READ MORE