The Montreal band Fall Of Stasis originally formed in 2014 with the intention of creating original music that couldn’t be defined by a specific genre, and in that they surely succeeded, as abundantly demonstrated by their forthcoming debut album The Chronophagist which will be released on February 25th.
We’re told that all the band members bring different influences to the table, and that all of them had creative input into every song, resulting in considerable variation from track to track and a melding of styles that include death metal, black metal, prog, and folk metal.
Such an eclectic approach has its obvious benefits in terms of attracting and maintaining the interest of listeners, but it also means that a single song premiere isn’t likely to provide a completely representative snapshot of the 50-minute album as a whole. Nevertheless, a single song premiere is what we have for you today, and although it’s a compact offering, it still gives you vibrant hints of the band’s eclectic creativity. The name of the song is “Baal Arise” and it’s presented through a demonic lyric video.
L-R – Sergei Lecours (Drums), Mélissa Bissonnette (Keyboard), Mathieu Groulx (Bass), Jessica Dupré (Lead Vocals), Gabriel Bernier (Lead Guitar), Tristan Bergeron-Boucher (Rhythm Guitar)
Photo Credit – Martin Trottier, Darkest Media
Lyrically, the song describes a demon’s awakening and his wish to enslave humanity. Musically the song is a brutal one that flies like a bat, discharging obliterating drum munitions, flurries of technically adept guitar work that generate sensations of jolting punishment, frenzied madness, and swirling exoticism. But it’s also overlaid with a symphonic layer that lends an air of menacing grandeur, as well as dancing keyboards that channel ebullience. The vocals combine voracious growls and vicious snarls — until they surprisingly change into singing in the song’s high-flying chorus.
It might not immediately make sense to read that The Chronophagist is recommended for fans of Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Unexpect, but it will make more sense after you hear this:
The band explain:
This song was almost entirely written by Tristan [rhythm guitarist], although it’s been fine-tuned and improved thanks to the band’s creative input. This song is short and very aggressive, and for that reason, we feel like it is very effective in grabbing the attention of our target audience. It was inspired by old-school metal songs that usually delve into satanic themes. We also felt like the storytelling was interesting and well-suited for a lyric video.
As mentioned, the album will be out on February 25th. It was produced by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy) and includes cover artwork by Roberto Napolitano. Links for picking up the album are below, along with the previously released video for “The Cult”.