Thanks to a tip from Happy Metal Guy, I learned this morning about an interesting status that went up on the official Facebook page for Encyclopaedia Metallum – The Metal Archives: They have now reached 90,000 bands listed in the database.
That’s a really impressive accomplishment for one of the most useful sites on the web for lovers of metal, and I thought congratulations were in order. So, CONGRATULATIONS!
In that same FB status, Metal Archives also identified the band who became their 90,000th addition to the band database — a new 3-man outfit from New Brunswick, NJ named Senobyte. Yesterday, Senobyte released a two-song demo, which is now listed on their Metal Archives entry, and both songs — “Pumpkinhead” and “The Beyond” — happen to be available on Soundcloud. So, of course, I had to check ’em out. After all, this is history in making!
And guess what? Senobyte have really got something good going on.
The music is a slow-moving avalanche of death-doom, complete with titanic, groaning, distorted chords; an interesting snare-heavy drum line; and ghastly cavernous vokills. A lighter guitar lead peals like a bell and swarms like a mutant hornet in “Pumpkinhead”, and “The Beyond” includes passages of racing menace that break up the song’s gruesome crawl through a decaying charnel house.
I know it’s completely random chance, but I prefer to indulge the fantasy that the metal gods smiled on our beloved Metal Archives today, granting them a 90,000th entrant who are actually quite good instead of defunct or pathetic. Have a listen to Senobyte below (I haven’t found any social media for them yet, but if I do, I’ll update this post).
UPDATE: Here’s Senobyte’s brand new Facebook page: