Our writers are often involved in music projects of their own, and the latest in-house output comes from writer Anthony “Alucard” DiGiacomo’s project Encircle‘s new album Into The Dreamstate. Seeing release this Friday, the album is available for digital pre-order at Bandcamp, where the song’s title track is available for streaming. If you’ve never heard the instrumental project before, think along the lines of a heavier and more metallic Scale The Summit, and you’re in the ballpark. And no, it’s not djent.
Here’s the tracklist:
1 – Instances
2 – When the Colors Bleed Away
3 – Into the Dreamstate (ft Sarah Longfield of The Fine Constant)
4 – You Were The Tempest
5 – As the Horror Unfolds
6 – An Awful Image of Calm Power
7 – Confessor
8 – An Ending Without A Story (ft Plini of Halcyon)
9 – Retribution (Ft Dan Wieten of The Omega Experiment)
10 – The Serpent and the Static Between Thoughts
11 – The Curse of Consciousness (ft Mark Hawkins of DEVOLVED and Chris Vogagis of Wide Eyes)
12 – If The Day Should Come
Having heard the album this past weekend, it’s easily his best work yet. Give it a spin when the album drops this Friday, January 11th.
Some of you may be aware of who I am. AlucardXIX on youtube, amongst other websites. The guy who does all the Veil of Maya covers, the mind behind Encircle, and another writer on this here great ol’ blog. 2012 was both an interesting and disappointing year to me, musically. Some absolutely astounding albums came out this year, and some serious let downs as well (The Faceless, The Contortionist). Originally it was hard for me to pick a top ten; I thought about all the albums I’ve heard that I abandoned after a few listens, albums I loved at first listen and then wondered how I even thought that to begin with. I thought I could barely muster together 10 albums to begin with, but remembering back to the beginning of the year, I managed this humble fifteen:
If you weren’t familiar with his work, our newest contributor Anthony “Alucard” DiGiacomo is behind Encircle, an instrumental project akin to Cloudkicker and the like. He’s been hard at work on his upcoming album Into The Dreamstate, and to tide us over until release, he’s streaming the album’s title track on his YouTube channel. You can give that a good hard listen above.
For my first post, I want to bring you all up to speed on a little thing I started for my friend Cameron. After the departure of Jason Richardson from Born of Osiris, the first person I thought of that could easily fill his shoes is my friend Cameron Barton. Cameron is one of the most ridiculous shredders I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. His technique is something you’d see alongside John Petrucci or Rusty Cooley.
I started a Facebook page for the cause, and it’s gotten over 200 likes in less than 24 hours. There is a good bit of support for this so far, and I’d love to see even more for my friend who really deserves this chance of a lifetime.
Here is a video of Cameron showing his chops. Unfortunately he’s out of a guitar right now, but his Carvin 8 string should be in soon!
“Milhouse is not a meme” is a meme in and of itself, which makes Milhouse some sort of wonky meta-meme. This is why I love the internet.
Trollface, the meme-based demi-supergroup collaboration thing with Tre Watson and Anthony DiGiacomo (known for his work under the name Encircle), have a new song titled “Milhouse Is NOT A Meme.” I’m beginning to greatly enjoy Trollface’s output so far, reminding me of some hybrid of The Black Dahlia Murder, Born of Osiris (Tre’s surprisingly amazing vocal work in particular) and Beneath the Massacre. The song is absolutely killer for the following reasons:
Lyrics seemingly written as an empowering letter to Milhouse, as if to say “you may not be a meme, but don’t let that get you down!”
Last week we reported that Anthony DiGiacomo, the mastermind behind Encircle, would “soon” be releasing a new album entitled Watch The Sky Fall. Well, “soon” is sooner than expected, as Watch The Sky Fall came out today!
As Gunnar said, Encircle is a “somewhat unique take on metal, fusing djent, progressive, and a suggestion of post-rock”. The album clocks in at just over 52 minutes, and features cameos by Tre Watson (of Carthage), Joe Malovasic of Sentients and Mike Dunn of The Paradoxical Spiral.
For those who don’t know of Encircle, it is a one-man labor of love tended by Anthony DiGiacomo. He plays a somewhat unique take on metal, fusing djent, progressive, and a suggestion of post-rock into his music. He has posted a teaser for his LP entitled Watch the Sky Fall that will be self-released via his bandcamp. The album will contain three tracks from his EP of the same name, and there will be nine new tracks in the album.
Count me excited. No official date yet, but you can catch all his news on his official facebook and official youtube. Also, a neat little tidbit: Both his EP and his upcoming LP were mastered by Tre Watson, and the two have even collaborated on a song. Be sure to follow him and his musical endeavours.
So following Dormition’s Top Tunes I decided to share my own favorites from this year. There’s some overlap, so I decided to exclude songs that he already included. This is a loosely ordered list, so don’t rage on in the comments section about band A being better/worse than band B.
1) Encircle – “Watch the Sky Fall“
This one’s by my friend Anthony DiGiacomo. I don’t usually like solely instrumental music, but this one’s pretty good. And I’ve heard more tracks from his upcoming debut album, Watch the Sky Fall, and they’re all great. If you’re a fan of Cloudkicker, Veil of Maya and Meshuggah; you should definitely keep your eyes open for this one. As more becomes available, I’ll share them with you. In the meantime, check out his Youtube channel or Encircle’s Facebook page for more stuff by him including other original songs and many covers.
2) Tre Watson – “Charmander is Evolving!“
Tre is also a good friend of mine, and he’s probably the only other artist that I enjoy in this vein. This is a redo of his older track “Charmander used Flamethrower!”. He has an EP coming later this year, and having heard some of it, I can say that it is insane. Again, keep checking back for more news on his work, and in the meantime you can download his previous albums from his BandCamp page, and become a fan on Facebook.