Canadian death metal group Depths of Hatred recently got in touch with me for their new video ‘Secluded Redemption,‘ which features the band’s guitarist Martin Trottier playing through the track. I found it of interest for the following reasons:
The song is actually good
Ben Dundas, a friend of the site, shot the video. You may know him for his work with Structures, Intervals, and Mandroid Echostar. The man does excellent work.
Martin uses a K-7, which is Korn‘s signature guitar model. Raised as a Korn fan, this brings me back.
You may know Anup Sastry as the drummer of bands such as Skyharbor and Intervals. He has also been a guest drummer for Ex-Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis. Those are some big names, and the only reason why he is such a famous drummer is because Anup Sastry is a phenomenal musician and a man of many talents. Ghost is Anup Sastry’s debut album that brings his drum mastery to the forefront. With his debut, Sastry has shown us that multi-instrumentalism is the way of the future. No longer are you required to rely on how efficient you are at playing an instrument perfectly, but rather how well you can convey across what you write. However, regardless of Sastry’s obvious technical proficiencies, Ghost is a creatively weak album that rehashes the same old djent making Ghost an overambitious effort where Sastry takes ideas from other bands he plays for like Skyharbor and Intervals, yet brings nothing new to the table. This makes Ghost a tiresome listen that tries to go beyond certain conventions of djent, yet conforms to quite a few in the process.
The Summer Slaughter 2013 lineup has officially been announced and will include The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, and Aeon, with more bands to be announced. I am so excited that I am going to faint.
Finally, our friends in the Toronto-based instrumental progressive metal band Intervals have unveiled their sophomore EP In Time, and they’ve set their bars high with Revolver Magazine streaming the record. The record is a 20+ minute journey of stellar guitar music for nerds, and I mean that in the best way. It’s all tastefully done too; guitarist and songwriter Aaron Marshall has all the skill in the world, but he doesn’t sacrifice songwriting for a dick swinging contest!
You can stream the record via the YouTube player below:
You’ll be able to own In Time next week, October 30th. Pre-orders available here. Starting this week though, you can catch them in Canada supporting The Contortionist. Dates below:
25/10 – London Music Hall – London, ON
26/10 – Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON
28/10 – Club Vinyl – Guelph, ON
29/10 – Underworld – Montreal, QC
30/10 – Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
1/11 – Coco Cabana – St. Catharines, ON
Early this week, our friends in Canadian instrumental progressive metal group Intervals have unveiled more details of their new EP In Time. A teaser of the new music has been made available, which you can check out below:
So far, In Time seems like a good mix of heavier tech metal sounds and smoother jazz inspired bouts of guitar virtuosity. Naturally, the EP is going to be a must-listen for fans of the genre. Intervals have been going places lately, even being picked up as support for The Contortionist‘s regional tour in Canada. Here are the dates for that trek:
25/10/12 – London, Ontario – London Music Hall
26/10/12 – Toronto, Ontario – Sneaky Dees
29/10/12 – Montreal, Quebec – Underworld
30/10/12 – Ottawa, Ontario – Mavericks
01/11/12 – St. Catharines, Ontario – Coco Cabana
Instrumental Canucks Intervals have been working on new music for a little while now, recently taking some new material into the studio! A studio update from the band was recently made available, which you can view below.
The band’s new release In Time will be out later this year. Expect some more updates from the band regarding this release shortly!
As a reminder, Intervals are heading out on the HBIH co-sponsored HELLO? YES THIS IS PROG tour alongside Ever Forthright and Mandroid Echostar. Check here for dates!
If you’re not familiar with Intervals, you should be. Originally a solo outing by guitarist Aaron Marshall, Intervals have since expanded into a live lineup, touring Ontario this September on the Heavy Blog sponsored HELLO? YES, THIS IS PROG tour alongside Ever Forthright and Mandroid Echostar. In anticipation of this tour and the band recently beginning the recording process of their upcoming release In Time, Aaron and cinematographer Ben Dundas have given us an exclusive behind the scenes look of the band and their first EP The Space Between. If you haven’t yet heard the EP, you can do so below:
If you live in and around Ontario, you need to make it out to see Intervals on the brilliant HELLO? YES, THIS IS PROG tour come September. Dates available after the jump!
As if I didn’t have enough to be jealous of Canada over, Southern Ontario will be host to the mindblowing ‘HELLO? YES THIS IS PROG’ Tour, featuring three of the best up-and-coming bands prog has to offer, Ever Forthright, Intervals, and Mandroid Echostar! I’m not just saying this because our logo is there, but that is one of the best tour posters I have EVER seen. It pains me almost physically that I can’t make it out to this impressive show, as we’re fans of the entire lineup.
Here are the dates. If it hits close and you don’t make it out, you’re a jerk and I don’t think we could be friends:
09.06 — St. Catherines — Coco Cabana
09.07 — Toronto — Sneaky Dee’s
09.08 — London — London Music Hall
09.09 — Brantford — Club Sagitarius
09.10 — Peterborogh — The Spill
09.11 — Ottawa — Cafe Dekuf
09.12 — Montreal — Underworld
09.13 — Guelph — Van Goh’s
09.14 — Hamilton — The Underground
09.15 — Kitchener — Koi Fest
Be on the lookout for Bandhappy lessons that will take place on the road during the tour (surely to be announced at each band’s respective Facebook pages, linked above), giveaways, and some other neat stuff to come as the tour approaches!
Our friend Aaron Marshall, mastermind of the Toronto-based instrumental band Intervals, is featured in the new video for ‘Inertia,‘ above. It’s likely my favorite track from the debut EP The Space Between, which was self-released late last year. While I love some tech riffing and shred, you also have to have some soul and emotion, and The Space Between does a good job at doing both, with ‘Inertia‘ ending the EP on a more emotive note. Check out The Space Between on Bandcamp if you haven’t already.
Be sure to keep up with Intervals on Facebook as well, as there’s some exciting news coming up on the horizon. Don’t miss out!
Toronto-based instrumental metal groupIntervals have finally released their first EP, The Space Between. If you’re into the likes of Bulb/Periphery and melodic guitar oriented music like Piotrek Gruszka, then Intervals are a band to watch out for. The Space Between was mixed and mastered by Red Seas Fire‘s Adam “Nolly” Getgood, so you know you’re getting some quality sound. Stream it below and download it at Bandcamp!