In December, for one of our MISCELLANY posts, we wrote about a then-unsigned technical death metal band from Vancouver called Archspire that had really impressed the hell out of us. The band featured two guitarists who blazed away on 7- and 8-string guitars, a bassist who worked wonders on a 6-string fretless bass, and a drummer and vocalist who matched them stride-for-stride.
By sheer chance, the following month we interviewed Virgil Palazzolo, the head of a French record label called Trendkill Recordings, and within days of that learned that Trendkill had just signed Archspire to a recording contract — a coincidence that made us quite happy.
Last week, Archspire’s Trendkill debut, All Shall Align, became available digitally on iTunes and it was released as a limited digipack CD in Europe yesterday; the CD will be released in the U.S. and Canada on April 21. That limited digipack CD and a very limited CD/T-Shirt bundle, which features eye-catching artwork by Toshihiro Egawa (Dying Fetus, Suicide Silence, Devourment, and more) are still available at Trendkill’s webshop (here).
A few days ago we learned that the album is now streaming at a French site called Deezer (here). If you’re a fan of bands like Origin, Decrepit Birth, or Spawn of Possession, we think you’ll fall hard for Archspire, and now’s a good time to listen to the album while that stream lasts. If you happen to live in Canada, you’ll soon have the chance to see Archspire live — because they begin a 3-week tour of the country today. Dates and places follow the jump . . . Can you tell that we think this band fuckin’ rocks?
ARCHSPIRE CANADIAN TOUR
15.04.2011 @ Vancouver BC – The Rickshaw Theater – CD Release Party
16.04.2011 @ Kelowna B C- Oasis Nightclub
17.04.2011 @ Calgary AB – Dickens Pub
18.04.2011 @ Edmonton AB – The Mead Hall
20.04.2011 @ Saskatoon SA – Walkers Event Center
21.04.2011 @ Brandon MB – The North Hill Inn
22.04.2011 @ Thunderbay ON – Kilroys
23.04.2011 @ Sault St Marie ON – TBA
24.04.2011 @ Oshawa ON – The Deizel Room
25.04.2011 @ Ottawa ON – The Rainbow
26.04.2011 @ Trois Rivieres QC – L’Accro Bar
27.04.2011 @ Quebec QC – The Scanner
28.04.2011 @ Montreal QC – Cafe Chaos
29.04.2011 @ Peterborough ON – TBA
30.04.2011 @ Toronto ON – The Hard Luck Bar
01.05.2011 @ North Bay ON – Les Compignons
03.05.2011 @ Winnipeg MB – The Zoo
04.05.2011 @ Regina SK – The Exchange
05.05.2011 @ TBA
06.05.2011 @ Jasper AB – The Horseshow Club
07.05.2011 @ Kamloops BC – Plaza Heritage Hotel