Brazilian Extreme Progressive Metallers ABSTRACTED
Sign with M-Theory Audio
Full-length debut due later this year; new song “Decree of Sunlight” now live
The Brazilian progressive death metal act ABSTRACTED – whose sound blends the blistering technicality of acts such as Obscura and Edge of Sanity with moments evoking the melodic side of bands such as Opeth and Fates Warning – have signed with M-Theory Audio. The quintet's debut full-length, “Atma Conflux,” will be released worldwide later this year. In the meantime, a small sample of the group's scintillating sound can be experienced by viewing the visualizer video for their latest single, “Decree of Sunlight,” HERE. The song features a guest vocal appearance from Mike Semesky (Raunchy, Interloper), and is also available for streaming/download at https://abstractedmetal.bandcamp.com.
Says the band, “We are very humbled and equally excited to announce that we are now part of M-Theory's amazing roster of artists. It's a huge achievement to find people to work with us that really like what we are doing. We are setting things up for a new release later this year, and we can assure you that the wait will be worth it! We've been working on this album for four years now and have a critical mass of proggy mayhem to deliver, so stay tuned.”
"The first single, 'Decree of Sunlight,' is very melodic with some heavy tech/death-ish vibes in the middle that has become a huge part of Abstracted's way of writing. The song also features a guest vocal from the great Mike Semesky, known for his work with bands that we love like Intervals and The HAARP Machine. Spread the word and give us your feedback."
ABSTRACTED was formed in the band's hometown of Sao Paolo, Brazil in 2014. The group was initially birthed from the ashes of Nyth, a previous band that Rosano Matiussi (vocals/guitars) and Guilherme Nolasco (guitars) had been involved with. After their first live performance – rounded out by drummer Alexandre Dantas and then-bassist Allen Lordaro – the new group entered the studio to record an album showcasing a sound that was birthed by a love for bands that balanced metallic intensity with a propensity to stretch the progressive boundaries of the genre. ABSTRACTED took their name from a song by Swedish melodic death metal greats Scar Symmetry, and influences from other European acts such as Necrophagist and Gojira, American bands such as The Faceless and Between The Buried And Me, and genre giants such as Death and Coroner all formed the basis for the sound that the band explored on their thrilling 2015 debut EP, “Ophidian.” The recording of the EP saw new bassist Riverton Vivela enter the picture and featured guest appearances from Allegaeon guitarists Michael Stancel and Greg Burgess. The group continued to build their name in the years that followed while balancing scholastic pursuits with live appearances on festivals throughout their native country.
ABSTRACTED began recording their debut full-length, “Atma Conflux,” in 2018, and continued writing, crafting, and producing the record throughout 2019. The new album sees the group – which recently welcomed keyboardist Carol Claro – integrating synthesizers and orchestral keyboards into their already-expansive sound. With their lineup now fully solidified, a new album ready and live performances imminent soon, ABSTRACTED is poised to unleash their sound to the masses in 2021.
More information on ABSTRACTED and “Atma Conflux” will be revealed in the weeks to come.
Rosano Matiussi (vocals/guitars)
Guilherme Nolasco (guitars)
Riverton Vivela (bass)
Alexandre Dantas (drums)
Carol Claro (keyboards)
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Unveils Video for Title Track of New Concept Album ‘Psychosomatic’
The extreme progressive/power metal group IMMORTAL GUARDIAN has unveiled a video for “Psychosomatic,” the title track of their acclaimed new concept album that was inspired by and recorded during the coronavirus pandemic. The clip can be viewed HERE.
“One thing we started noticing early on in the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 was the overwhelming number of friends that were getting sick only to find out they tested negative and never had the virus. Us included! There were so many moments where we were so convinced that we had covid because we felt all the symptoms and totally freaked ourselves out even though we never left our house. Just to take a test and find out we didn’t have it and even feel the symptoms disappear after 24hrs. This was happening to so many people I know and we thought it would be a very interesting topic to write about,” explains Gabriel Guardian. “This is not to take away from the seriousness of the virus and the harm it has actually done to some of our other friends and family. It’s been a very rough year for all of us... But if there was something, we noticed did affect the majority, it was the big amounts of fear and confusion that literally made us all feel sick just from living through the experience. Our silent pandemic is psychosomatic.”
“Psychosomatic” is the latest in a series of creative videos that IMMORTAL GUARDIAN has released in recent weeks. Last month, the group unveiled a clip for “Phobia,” which featured a guest appearance by Angra guitarist Marcelo Barbosa. Previously, their videos for “Clocks,” “Lockdown” and “Read Between The Lines” earned praise from the likes of MetalSucks, Metal Injection and Gear Gods.
After making a splash via their 2018 full-length debut “Age of Revolution” – which featured its own fair share of creative music videos, including the “Armageddon”-meets-telenovela “Stardust” – and through tours with the likes of Marty Friedman, Exmortus and Powerglove, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN gathered in Las Vegas at the beginning of 2020 to record their second album. As the spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent pandemic began to ensue, shutdowns around the world began being enforced, resulting in the band completely scrapping the record that they had been working on and writing and creating a new thematic record about their emotions surrounding current events. The resulting “Psychosomatic” was a truly multi-national record, with guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian – known for his uncanny ability to play the two instruments simultaneously – remaining in Las Vegas, singer Carlos Zema recording his vocals from his home in Brazil, drummer Justin Piedimonte tracking from Montreal, and bassist Joshua Lopez recording from IMMORTAL GUARDIAN's native Texas.
“Psychosomatic” is a product of the extraordinary turmoil of 2020 that affected millions of people around the world, as well as the next step in IMMORTAL GUARDIAN’s exhilarating melding of melodic power metal with progressive/shred tendencies. CD and limited-edition purple vinyl editions of “Psychosomatic” are available now HERE.
THE ABSENCE Unveil Video for ‘Choirs of Sickness’;
New Album ‘Coffinized’ Due June 25
The Florida-based melodic death metal quartet THE ABSENCE have unveiled a music video for their new song, “Choirs of Sickness.” The clip can be viewed HERE, and the song itself is available now for streaming and download at all digital music outlets.
“Choirs of Sickness” is the first single from THE ABSENCE’s upcoming album “Coffinized,” which will be released June 25 by M-Theory Audio. CD and limited-edition vinyl variants can be pre-ordered now HERE.
Says vocalist Jamie Stewart, “Haven’t we all been Coffinized since last year? Cooped-up, masked, distanced, trapped within a formless bubble, longing for a collective exhale. We lost loved ones; we lost time, work, sanity... in a way, we lost ourselves. In regard to most bands' craft, we lost an integral portion of the thing that charges our collective batteries: SHOWS. We lost our abilities to release and to connect with all of our friends and family. We miss the spark; we miss the conversations; and most of all, we miss each and every one of you.
“This record is a void-bending combustion chamber of creativity,” he continues. “Every single song bears a torch of deprivation, darkness and triumph. In the end, we do actually win. One second, you feel creative and accomplished, validated and whole. The next, you seem empty and worthless, and feel the claustrophobia of being forced into an unwilling casket. ‘Coffinized’ collects in detail the hysterical scratches and screams found on the inside of this casket’s lid – the kind of gashes made by four beings who are very much alive and giving their all to be heard from a forced burial.”
“Coffinized” is THE ABSENCE's follow-up to their 2018 comeback record, “A Gift For The Obsessed.” That album was the band's first in eight years, as well as their first for new label home M-Theory Audio. The time period between that album's release and the COVID outbreak saw the band stay busy by taking their new songs to the road, touring alongside acts such as Deicide, Origin, Jungle Rot, Exmortus, and Hatchet. Band members also stayed busy with other outside endeavors, with drummer Jeramie Kling manning the kit for Venom Inc., bassist Mike Leon gigging with Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy, and guitarist Taylor Nordberg playing with Massacre. Those three band members took the expieriences from those touring gigs and reconvened in the studio with Stewart who has also been busy with his other project, Hot Graves, to put together 11 tracks of pummeling death metal that compose "Coffinized."
“Coffinized” was produced and engineered by Kling and Nordberg and mixed by Kling. The album was mastered by Jonas Kjellgren (Immortal, Overkill, Scar Symmetry) at Sweden’s Black Lounge Studios. Its track listing is as follows:
- Future Terminal
- Choirs of Sickness
- Radiant Devastation
- Cathedral Dawn
- Black Providence
- This Consuming Nocturne
- Aperture Expands
- Faith in Uncreation
THE ABSENCE first burst onto the scene in 2005 with their crushing, Erik Rutan-produced Metal Blade debut, “From Your Grave.” The album and its two follow-ups, 2007’s “Riders of the Plague” and 2010’s “Enemy Unbound,” showcased a perfect mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and skull-pounding aggression, truly making them one of the premiere bands of the melodic death metal scene. THE ABSENCE further cemented their reputation via numerous tours supporting some of the biggest names in metal, including Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Goatwhore, Evergrey, Malevolent Creation, Kataklysm and Destruction. Following a lengthy hiatus, the band regrouped in 2016 with a new lineup uniting founding members Stewart and Kling with longtime bassist Leon and guitarists Nordberg and Joey Concepcion for "A Gift for The Obsessed." (Concepcion appears on four tracks on “Coffinized.”)