I’ve mentioned that I have an impulse-control problem. Case in point: I took a short break from the job I’m actually being paid to do so I could check my NCS e-mail, and I saw the name Beyond Creation in a press release I got, and the short break turned into a long break. You may remember Beyond Creation — a Montreal band whose Marco Hasmann album cover for their 2011 debut, The Aura, lured us into checking out the music in one of our EYE-CATCHERS posts (here). To quote myself (because if I don’t, who else will?):
“We’re too lazy to keep Best of the Year lists, but if we did, I’m pretty sure The Aura would be in my personal Top 20, maybe my Top 10. . . Beyond Creation is a head-spinning trip like few bands you’ll hear this year.”
What I learned in the press release from Ricburn Media were three things: First, there’s a Toronto death-metal band called Nephelium who will be releasing their new album, Coils of Entropy, on August 20. Second, to celebrate the event, Nephelium is headlining a CD release show in Toronto on the same day, with support from (you guessed it) Beyond Creation, as well as two other Toronto bands, Nexortus and Fragile Existence. Third, to celebrate the event, the four bands on the bill teamed up to make available a free digital split via Bandcamp, consisting of one song from each band.
I just like everything about the way this is being done, but most especially, I like the idea of offering a free digital comp to promote a metal show — one song from each band. IMHO, the same idea would work just as well for tours, too. In addition to helping spotlight the show, it also uses the show to help introduce fans to the bands’ music. (more after the jump . . .)
As for the music, I already know and love the Beyond Creation contribution, “Omnipresent Perception”. The Nephelium song, “Merciless Annihilation” is . . . a motherfucking merciless annihilation — a fast-moving blast wave of hot shrapnel, with brutally addictive rhythms, flashy guitar leads and solos, and vocals that sound like a convention of demons. Truly overpowering shit. (You see what I mean about this split being a crafty idea? I’m already mighty interested in Nephelium because of it.)
The song from Fragile Existence (“Honour Among Thieves”) turns out to be my style, too. More fast-paced death metal, witha pleasing combination of rapidly slamming riffs and spinning guitar solos. And the Nexortus track? You might be able to take a cue from the song title: “The Inverted Cross”. More high-speed? Check. More septic brutality? Check. More flame-spitting guitar solos? Check again.
In a nutshell, there’s a better than even chance that listening to this 4-way split will turn your brain to goo, or at least lead to post-traumatic shock syndrome. You can stream all this tasty nastiness below, and you can GO HERE to download the split.