Combining mathcore and jazz fusion elements with obtuse blackened tones a la Deathspell Omega, New York-based outfit Castevet is a band not many are familiar with, but should be. Last year’s Obsian was under-publicized but highly praised, culminating in a gig at the high-profile Maryland Deathfest. If you missed their last album cycle, then you’ve already missed the boat, because they’ve just announced that the band have called it quits.

The band announced their split via the following message on their official website:

Castevet is no more. There is no single reason or event driving this decision; it is based on the need of each individual involved to continue to develop their vision within new and existing projects. To put it simply, it is time to move on.

Thank you to all who have supported Castevet since our inception in 2006.

This news is a huge bummer. The band unfortunately never managed to “take off”  by metal standards, but like I said, they were praised for their virtuosic and forward-thinking approach to black metal. Had they managed to continue past the decade point and push the envelope, the trio could have done even greater things not only for their discography, but for the genre at large. They’ll definitely be missed by those fortunate enough to have discovered them.

For the rest of you, now’s a good time to catch up.

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– JR

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