The past decade and a half has spawned a death metal olympics of sorts, becoming a competitive sport as drummers fight for the speed throne and guitarists fight to keep up. Origin completely changed the game with 2002’s Informas Infinitas Inhumanitas, forcing bands and especially drummers around the world back to the rehearsal room to practice tedious rudimentary endurance exercises. Despite their technical prowess, the band injected crafty and effective songwriting which only improved over the span of the four albums leading up to now. Unparalleled Universe is an exploratory affair that sees the band continue to reach beyond their carefully carved niche just enough to keep things interesting.
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to talk to Vincent Bennet of The Acacia Strain about their new album, new members, and becoming a veteran band. He was super down to earth and fun to talk to. Here’s what we said.
Richmond, VA post-rock/metal act Shy, Low are a band that have miraculously escaped our official attention on this site, which is quite simply a huge mistake on our parts. The band’s previous full-length, 2015’s Hiraeth, is an example of brilliantly-executed and emotionally-tinged cinematic instrumental rock that skirts the line between post-rock and metal in league with the likes of Caspian and We Lost The Sea. It’s great stuff that any fan of this kind of music should be listening to.
The late ‘90s and early 2000s were a time of great change in the underground punk and metal scenes. A combination of the rise in popularity of a stable of bands who played differing varieties of metal-influenced hardcore, a flourishing DIY scene, and the fact that bands were endeavoring to…