Pearls in the making

Beyond Creation - The Aura

"The Aura" Cover Artwork
1. No Request For The Corrupted
2. Coexistence
3. Chromatic Horizon
4. Omnipresent Perception
5. Injustice Revealed
6. Le Détenteur
7. The Aura
8. Social Disability
9. Elevation Path
10. The Deported

Technical death metal from Canada? Yes we've heard that before. But Beyond Creation has a special asset: an insanely talented bassist playing a fretless bass.

So what can you expect from The Aura? Take a little bit of Necrophagist, mix it with some Cryptopsy and add a little bit of Pestilence to it. You'll get 53 minutes of technical metal madness: breaks, solos and high-speed powerhouse drumming.

But the really interesting thing about Beyond Creation is their ability to slow down at times ("Coexistence", "The Aura"), and not to overstrain their technical abilities. They even know how to write solos and leads with real feeling - something that has become rare these days.

As I've mentioned before, the intriguing thing about this band is their bassist - Dominic "Forest" Lapointe. His fretless bass is audible throughout the record and adds a wierd feeling of unpleasantness to the songs, which makes them really stick out. (Tip: "Le Détenteur) I don't even have to mention that he's insanely talented - they're from Canada, right?

The only let-down of the record is the vocalist for me. I'm not saying that he's bad by any means. He's just not as special as the other musicians.

"The Aura" showcases, how Pestilence would sound like if they would still be awesome.

I highly recommend checking this band out!

Beyond Creation - Coexistence

First Fragment – The Afterthought Ecstasy EP



1.              Ordnance
2.              Fake Repentance
3.              Obsolete Ascendancy
4.              Quintessential Rebirth
5.              The Afterthought Ecstasy
6.              Paradoxal Subjugation

A virtuosic classical piano intro. Blast Beats. Death Growls. Intense Riffing. Odd time signatures. A soulful solo. Back to the riffing.

These guys from Longueuil, Canada manage to combine all of those aspects into not only listenable, but cohesive songs.

Imagine a bastard of Necrophagist, Chopin and At the Gates. Listening to First Fragment, you’ll get all advantages of those combined.

The cool thing about those guys is, that their songs are not a slaughterhouse from front to back - they try to keep the songs dynamic. (check out the intro for: Quintessential Rebirth.

By adding vocal patterns, the vocalist functions more than another "instrument" if you will.

This EP is the bands debut, and they are writing on their first full length. Get those guys on tour with other technical bands from Quebec (preferably Beneath the Massacre and Origin) and they’ll be internationally known.

The only letdown is, that the bass isn’t very audible on the EP. Other than that, the production fulfills its purpose.

If you are a fan of the mentioned bands and aren’t afraid of experiments – check those guys out!

More info about the band:

„Obsolete Ascendancy“

Introducing the new Section – Pearls in the Making!

Since there is an insane amount of young, talented, aspiring, yet still unknown musicians out there, we figured we’d give them space here at our blog.

Derelict – Derelict EP


 1. Perpetuation
2. Expiry
3. Yours to Surpass

Technical Death Metal Outift Derelict, from Montreal, Canada simply blew me away with this EP.
As we all know, Death Metal, has been on an ongoing derivative development. Yet Derelict manage to stay special in a lot of aspects.

First of all, the vocalist actually has a recognizable voice. For me, he sounds more like a traditional swedish vocalist, rather than one of the same exchangeable, guttural death metal vocalists out there.

Another great thing about Derelict is, that they aren’t afraid of moderating their speed. This adds a certain groove to their music. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t a mid-tempo band. But they aren’t afraid of slowing down when the song demands it.

That’s one of their main advantages – if feels like they always try to do the song itself justice, instead of showing off their musical and technical ability (which is outstanding by the way!)

The production is at a high-standard as well. The bass is audible all the way through and the drums don’t kill the guitars, which is a plus.

The EP features three songs which will also be on Derelict’s next full-length, due out in late 2011.

The song „Perpetuation“ is up for free download!

If you like technical death metal and are tired of bands copying each other and showing off, you're definitely in for a treat!
Check out the band out:

Video for the song "Machete"