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Progressive deathcore act The Contortionist have descended upon North Carolina and have begun recording their third album, their first with new frontman Michael Lessard (above, also of Last Chance To Reason). Given their genre and location, it’s a pretty safe bet that the group will be recording with Jamie King at his The Basement home studio.
Disclaimer: I never know what it means when people say one band or one album is “better” than another. There’s no giant scoreboard in the sky that gives Necrophagist 150,000 Awesomeness Points and Barry Manilow negative 2,000,000 points. So for me these are the new releases (albums and EP’s) that brought me the most pleasure in 2013. You can argue about what bands are best but you can’t argue with me about what brings me pleasure. Chances are by this time next year I will be in love with a record from 2013 that’s not on this list because I wasn’t cool enough to know about it at the time.
Also I have two lists. One is of more established bands, the ones that came out on larger labels or that have a national or international following. The second is my “Great New Metal” bands, emerging acts that it’s my mission to help more people discover.
I hope you enjoy living in “The Golden Age of Metal” which I maintain is right fucking now!
There are bands that tour incessantly, release new music every two years, and still never really gain a following or make a mark. Then there are bands that hardly ever tour, hardly ever release new music, and yet capture the imaginations of musicians and music lovers around the world.
Son of Aurelius is definitely in that second group. Aside from 2010’s The Farthest Reaches (Good Fight) and a five-song EP released as an addendum to that release and aside from an epic full U.S. tour with Wretched and Last Chance to Reason featuring a legendary set at the 2011 New England Metal and Hardcore Fest, the tech death world has been begging for more SoA. Now it looks like we’re finally going to get it.
How fitting it is for what quite possibly be the final Last Chance To Reason national tour (at least for the time being) is a familiar trek, with direct support from Evan Brewer, who toured with the band on his first ever solo tour a few years ago. Regularly contributing photographer Maclyn Bean was able to attend the trek’s opening night in West Chester, PA, featuring special guests Ever Forthright. Check out the photos after the jump.
One of my personal favorite bands Last Chance To Reason have one of the best albums of the year so far under their belts with Level 3. The album isn’t supposed to be out until August 6th, but the band have made the album available through Bandcamp! Stream the album below:
Last Chance To Reason
02. Adrift I: A Vision Begins
03. Cosmos: The Pattern Forms
04. A Glimpse Of Omniscience
05. Adrift II: A Vision Ends
06. The Escapist
07. The Dictator
08. The Artist
Fans of Last Chance To Reason took a bit of a blow this year when it was announced that the up-and-coming prog group would shift its focus, becoming a non-touring studio project and losing both guitarists AJ Harvey and Mike Abdow. Frontman Michael Lessard also joined The Contortionist as their full-time vocalist, somewhat demoting Last Chance To Reason as a side-project. With the future of Last Chance To Reason being somewhat uncertain, there’s at least a bittersweet edge in that the group’s latest output Level 3 is the group’s most mature effort yet.
Last Chance to Reason have released yet another new track from their upcoming album, Level 3. While the previous two pieces they’ve revealed so far have been laid back (‘The Escapist’) and epic (‘Rebirth’), new song ‘The Dictator’ seems to be focused more on simply being straight up heavy. In fact, the songwriting choices the band made on this track makes the song sound quite symphonic. There’s a neo-classical sort of vibe going on that you’d hear from the likes of Fleshgod Apocalypse, except without the epic orchestration. Check it out below! View Full Article »