The longstanding stereotype of metal bassists is unfortunate. They’re often depicted as failed guitarists and we’re all pretty quick to make jokes about how the bass tracks don’t matter since they’re going to be mixed out anyway. This genre of music is largely for guitarists, though there are a handful of bassists who rock their instruments with pride and prowess. One of the most influential big names in metal when it comes to bass has got to be Evan Brewer (The Faceless, ex-Animosity). Brewer wowed tech metal nerds in 2011 with his solo bass record Alone, and will continue to do so with broader appeal with his sophomore record Your Itinerary.
What makes Your Itinerary different from its predecessor Alone is its full band aesthetic. Alone was aptly titled because of it being entirely composed of bass guitar. Your Itinerary makes use of drums, keyboards, and guitars, expanding the sonic palette. Just check out the new album snippet below to get a taste of what to expect from the record:
The album sounds like it’ll be quite an adventure, absolutely dripping in prog and jazz. I can’t wait to hear it! It’ll be out July 16th on Sumerian Records.