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A Span is All That We Can Boast is the debut full-length album from Canadian experimental band Parliament Owls. The band employs wide spectre of elements in their music, and if you are a fan of bands such like The Mars Volta, ThriceTool, and more, I kid you not, you will make a room in your heart for this album.

A Span is All That We Can Boast consists of modern day, relentless, in-your-face riffs, and pounding rhythm section. The drums really shine through over the groovy, heart-pounding tracks with insane sound quality and wicked speed that are easily to focal point in many of the songs.

Parliament Owls add this ear-popping and near hypnotic distortion to their heaviness which really adds character to the album. Their heavier take on the already heavy genres is what makes this record a very pleasant discovery.

Buy the album from Bandcamp here.

A Span Is All That We Can Boast

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/band-of-the-week/parliament-owls-bandcamp-undercover/

A Span is All That We Can Boast is the debut full-length album from Canadian experimental band Parliament Owls. The band employs wide spectre of elements in their music, and if you are a fan of bands such like The Mars Volta, ThriceTool, and more, I kid you not, you will make a room in your heart for this album.

A Span is All That We Can Boast consists of modern day, relentless, in-your-face riffs, and pounding rhythm section. The drums really shine through over the groovy, heart-pounding tracks with insane sound quality and wicked speed that are easily to focal point in many of the songs.

Parliament Owls add this ear-popping and near hypnotic distortion to their heaviness which really adds character to the album. Their heavier take on the already heavy genres is what makes this record a very pleasant discovery.

A Span Is All That We Can Boast

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/bandcamp-undercover/parliament-owls-bandcamp-undercover/

A Span is All That We Can Boast is the debut full-length album from Canadian experimental band Parliament Owls. The band employs wide spectre of elements in their music, and if you are a fan of bands such like The Mars Volta, ThriceTool, and more, I kid you not, you will make a room in your heart for this album.

A Span is All That We Can Boast consists of modern day, relentless, in-your-face riffs, and pounding rhythm section. The drums really shine through over the groovy, heart-pounding tracks with insane sound quality and wicked speed that are easily to focal point in many of the songs.

Parliament Owls add this ear-popping and near hypnotic distortion to their heaviness which really adds character to the album. Their heavier take on the already heavy genres is what makes this record a very pleasant discovery.

Buy the album from Bandcamp here.

A Span Is All That We Can Boast

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/bandcamp-undercover/parliament-owls-bandcamp-undercover/

A Span is All That We Can Boast is the debut full-length album from Canadian experimental band Parliament Owls. The band employs wide spectre of elements in their music, and if you are a fan of bands such like The Mars Volta, ThriceTool, and more, I kid you not, you will make a room in your heart for this album.

A Span is All That We Can Boast consists of modern day, relentless, in-your-face riffs, and pounding rhythm section. The drums really shine through over the groovy, heart-pounding tracks with insane sound quality and wicked speed that are easily to focal point in many of the songs.

Parliament Owls add this ear-popping and near hypnotic distortion to their heaviness which really adds character to the album. Their heavier take on the already heavy genres is what makes this record a very pleasant discovery.

Buy the album from Bandcamp here.

A Span Is All That We Can Boast

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/carnage-inc-tenebris-review/

The thrash revival movement is somewhat of a touchy subject for many a seasoned veteran of the genre. Whilst bands such as Bonded By Blood and Lich King have a few decent songs and are just about listenable they are certainly a far cry from the days when thrash was consistently gifting many amazing bands. The core difference between “Bonded By Blood” and many of the old thrash bands such as Anthrax, Megadeth, Kreator, Coroner and Annihilator is that each of those older thrash bands had at least one release to truly be proud of and brag about and that laid the template for what each of these rip-off revival bands have attempted to create. From the modern thrash scene however there is one band that can truly be mentioned up there among the best of the bands in the genre and that is Carnage Inc.

Hailing from Mumbai in India, Carnage Inc. is a trio originally formed in 2011. The band are heavily inspired by Voivod but this is only limited to their progressive style of thrash metal as the band’s first release, 2016’s “Fury Incarnate,” proved. Carnage Inc. combine intricate song structures with a variety of riff tempos and some highly technical guitar work alongside murderous vocals.

Carnage Inc - Tenebris

“Tenebris” is an album that sounds completely fresh among a collection of revival groups that sound like carbon copies of their influences. In place of the reliance on fast tremolo picked guitar lines Carnage Inc. brought something new to the table. After an intro title “Veljeys,” “Eradicate the Empire” instantly captures the listener’s ear and doesn’t let go until the full album has finished by which time you are flat on the floor wondering what just hit you. The guitar work on this release is about as varied as it gets, as is immediately evidenced by the thrilling “DeathScape” and “Saffron is the New Black.” “High on Panic” opens up with some slower chord based riffs before plunging headlong into a lightning fast verse riff that still remains marvelously creative. If your jaw is not already on the flaw by now with absolute awe then the ridiculously well placed guitar fill after the chorus should do so. This is also an album that does not let its solos dissolve into mindless shred fests as this song also shows with a fantastic solo that sounds so great within the context of the album and adds the icing to an already amazing cake.

The progressive side of this band is also something really amazing. The song structures are constantly adjusting and evolving meaning that even the longest of songs on the album do not get remotely boring. This is a band that does not know how to not fire on all cylinders and put in one hundred and ten percent effort as both their releases can stand testament to.

From the dark and chaotic sound of the album to the faint jazz influence to the manic song structures, “Tenebris” is an album that succeeds on every level and is an album that will never fail to amaze. I recommend this to anyone who wants a progressive metal album that constantly evolves and remains exciting all the way through.

For more about Carnage Inc. like them on Facebook.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/carnage-inc-tenebris-review/

The thrash revival movement is somewhat of a touchy subject for many a seasoned veteran of the genre. Whilst bands such as Bonded By Blood and Lich King have a few decent songs and are just about listenable they are certainly a far cry from the days when thrash was consistently gifting many amazing bands. The core difference between “Bonded By Blood” and many of the old thrash bands such as Anthrax, Megadeth, Kreator, Coroner and Annihilator is that each of those older thrash bands had at least one release to truly be proud of and brag about and that laid the template for what each of these rip-off revival bands have attempted to create. From the modern thrash scene however there is one band that can truly be mentioned up there among the best of the bands in the genre and that is Carnage Inc.

Hailing from Mumbai in India, Carnage Inc. is a trio originally formed in 2011. The band are heavily inspired by Voivod but this is only limited to their progressive style of thrash metal as the band’s first release, 2016’s “Fury Incarnate,” proved. Carnage Inc. combine intricate song structures with a variety of riff tempos and some highly technical guitar work alongside murderous vocals.

Carnage Inc - Tenebris

“Tenebris” is an album that sounds completely fresh among a collection of revival groups that sound like carbon copies of their influences. In place of the reliance on fast tremolo picked guitar lines Carnage Inc. brought something new to the table. After an intro title “Veljeys,” “Eradicate the Empire” instantly captures the listener’s ear and doesn’t let go until the full album has finished by which time you are flat on the floor wondering what just hit you. The guitar work on this release is about as varied as it gets, as is immediately evidenced by the thrilling “DeathScape” and “Saffron is the New Black.” “High on Panic” opens up with some slower chord based riffs before plunging headlong into a lightning fast verse riff that still remains marvelously creative. If your jaw is not already on the flaw by now with absolute awe then the ridiculously well placed guitar fill after the chorus should do so. This is also an album that does not let its solos dissolve into mindless shred fests as this song also shows with a fantastic solo that sounds so great within the context of the album and adds the icing to an already amazing cake.

The progressive side of this band is also something really amazing. The song structures are constantly adjusting and evolving meaning that even the longest of songs on the album do not get remotely boring. This is a band that does not know how to not fire on all cylinders and put in one hundred and ten percent effort as both their releases can stand testament to.

From the dark and chaotic sound of the album to the faint jazz influence to the manic song structures, “Tenebris” is an album that succeeds on every level and is an album that will never fail to amaze. I recommend this to anyone who wants a progressive metal album that constantly evolves and remains exciting all the way through.

For more about Carnage Inc. like them on Facebook.

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/sleeping-in-traffic-exoplanets-premiere/

Edmonton’s SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC have been busy writing and recording two EP’s, which while complementary to each other are still dramatically different and allow fans to explore each side of the band’s music as its own entity and to hear each aspect fully fleshed out instead of blended together. Premiering today is a single “Exoplanets”; hear it below.

With influences from Between The Buried & Me, Devin Townsend and Tool, the newest album is a split EP that explores that dual nature of the band’s music. One EP ‘That Which Destroys Us’ is dark and aggressive, while the other EP ‘That Which Saves Us’ is upbeat and catchy. The band explains the duality in their vision:

“The first ‘That Which Saves Us’ is the “upbeat EP”. It strongly represents a lot of the pop-punk influences that Ryan and Greg bring to the band, and features songs with inspiring themes and uplifting major keys. The other ‘That Which Destroys Us’ displays more of the band’s extreme metal influences, without abandoning some of the weirdness the band is known for. The EPs continue to explore odd time signatures and polyrhythms in the context of heavily distorted guitars, snarling synths, and guttural vocals.”

The first single for these two releases is ‘Exoplanets’ from ‘That Which Saves Us’, in the band’s own words, they highlight the track:

“As always, our music is designed to take the listener on a journey through unexpected terrain and to reward listeners who sit down with the song and let it carry them along. ‘Exoplanets’ is a big, spacey, synth-filled odyssey that creates a sweeping and ever-changing landscape that tells the story of mankind’s desire to find another place among the stars to live and discover.”

The EPs will be available on September 27, 2019 and available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

Copy of TWSU Cover Final web

Copy of TWDU Cover Final web

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/sleeping-in-traffic-exoplanets-premiere/

Edmonton’s SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC have been busy writing and recording two EP’s, which while complementary to each other are still dramatically different and allow fans to explore each side of the band’s music as its own entity and to hear each aspect fully fleshed out instead of blended together. Premiering today is a single “Exoplanets”; hear it below.

With influences from Between The Buried & Me, Devin Townsend and Tool, the newest album is a split EP that explores that dual nature of the band’s music. One EP ‘That Which Destroys Us’ is dark and aggressive, while the other EP ‘That Which Saves Us’ is upbeat and catchy. The band explains the duality in their vision:

“The first ‘That Which Saves Us’ is the “upbeat EP”. It strongly represents a lot of the pop-punk influences that Ryan and Greg bring to the band, and features songs with inspiring themes and uplifting major keys. The other ‘That Which Destroys Us’ displays more of the band’s extreme metal influences, without abandoning some of the weirdness the band is known for. The EPs continue to explore odd time signatures and polyrhythms in the context of heavily distorted guitars, snarling synths, and guttural vocals.”

The first single for these two releases is ‘Exoplanets’ from ‘That Which Saves Us’, in the band’s own words, they highlight the track:

“As always, our music is designed to take the listener on a journey through unexpected terrain and to reward listeners who sit down with the song and let it carry them along. ‘Exoplanets’ is a big, spacey, synth-filled odyssey that creates a sweeping and ever-changing landscape that tells the story of mankind’s desire to find another place among the stars to live and discover.”

The EPs will be available on September 27, 2019 and available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

Copy of TWSU Cover Final web

Copy of TWDU Cover Final web

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/inferno-sunn-interview/

Indianapolis based heavy metal trio Inferno Sunn has recently launched a debut EP ‘Fidelity’ with influences ranging from classic groups including Metallica, Rush, Pantera, Black Sabbath, and more. In an interview for Prog Sphere, Inferno Sunn talk about the EP, and more.

Define the mission of Inferno Sunn.

To create something unique, honest, and brutally heavy to give a breath of fresh air into the genre.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your new EP “Fidelity” and the themes it captures.

One of us would bring a few riffs to the table and we would jam them, and arrange them into a full song. As far as lyrics go, we always saved those for last. We would get together and try to come up with a theme for each song and once we had that, we would start working on the words themselves and how they fit in with the rest of the music.

Inferno Sunn - Fidelity

What is the message you are trying to give with “Fidelity”?

The overall theme that developed with this EP would be awareness. The EP starts off with Lost. In this song, the overall vibe is emptiness. Songs like Civil War and Propaganda War Machine tackle the more political side of our music. We use this to bring awareness to events happening in the world and in modern politics. Songs like Sick and Inferno Sunn put more light on mental health, addiction, and self awareness. Fidelity is almost like overcoming these issues and moving forward to something bigger. It definitely has a very triumphant vibe to it.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

We are lucky enough to have access to Protools and recording equipment to be able to quickly document what we are putting together.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Its mostly chronologically put together as far as when the songs were written but ended up working out with our theme.

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

We actually recorded the whole thing in our basement. As far as how it was recorded, we kept it raw and honest in the sense that we did not use pitch correction, quantizing, or samples for anything. A big part of our sound is just being old school with how we play and record.

Inferno Sunn

How long “Fidelity” was in the making?

We officially started working towards putting together an EP about a year ago. Back then it was just me (Sam) and Adam throwing riffs around and trying to come up with something cool but a lot of ideas ended up being thrown out or the riffs were saved for something in the future. It was really hard back then because we didnt have a drummer to be able to jam things out with, but once Tommy joined around January, things started moving way faster.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

The biggest influences for sure are Metallica, Slayer, Mastodon, Tool, and Alice In Chains just for a few.

What is your view on technology in music?

Its a great tool to help make recording easier and more accessible, but it shouldnt be a crutch for poor musicianship. There are a lot of bands that rely too heavily on backing tracks, pitch correction, and quantizing and it ends up making all of that music sound the same.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

We are trying to open peoples eyes towards some of the problems in the world and government as well as prove that music can still be evolved.

What are your plans for the future?

Continue making music and playing for people as long as we can as well as try to push the boundaries of what we can do as musicians.

Follow Inferno Sunn on Facebook.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/inferno-sunn-interview/

Indianapolis based heavy metal trio Inferno Sunn has recently launched a debut EP ‘Fidelity’ with influences ranging from classic groups including Metallica, Rush, Pantera, Black Sabbath, and more. In an interview for Prog Sphere, Inferno Sunn talk about the EP, and more.

Define the mission of Inferno Sunn.

To create something unique, honest, and brutally heavy to give a breath of fresh air into the genre.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your new EP “Fidelity” and the themes it captures.

One of us would bring a few riffs to the table and we would jam them, and arrange them into a full song. As far as lyrics go, we always saved those for last. We would get together and try to come up with a theme for each song and once we had that, we would start working on the words themselves and how they fit in with the rest of the music.

Inferno Sunn - Fidelity

What is the message you are trying to give with “Fidelity”?

The overall theme that developed with this EP would be awareness. The EP starts off with Lost. In this song, the overall vibe is emptiness. Songs like Civil War and Propaganda War Machine tackle the more political side of our music. We use this to bring awareness to events happening in the world and in modern politics. Songs like Sick and Inferno Sunn put more light on mental health, addiction, and self awareness. Fidelity is almost like overcoming these issues and moving forward to something bigger. It definitely has a very triumphant vibe to it.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

We are lucky enough to have access to Protools and recording equipment to be able to quickly document what we are putting together.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Its mostly chronologically put together as far as when the songs were written but ended up working out with our theme.

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

We actually recorded the whole thing in our basement. As far as how it was recorded, we kept it raw and honest in the sense that we did not use pitch correction, quantizing, or samples for anything. A big part of our sound is just being old school with how we play and record.

Inferno Sunn

How long “Fidelity” was in the making?

We officially started working towards putting together an EP about a year ago. Back then it was just me (Sam) and Adam throwing riffs around and trying to come up with something cool but a lot of ideas ended up being thrown out or the riffs were saved for something in the future. It was really hard back then because we didnt have a drummer to be able to jam things out with, but once Tommy joined around January, things started moving way faster.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

The biggest influences for sure are Metallica, Slayer, Mastodon, Tool, and Alice In Chains just for a few.

What is your view on technology in music?

Its a great tool to help make recording easier and more accessible, but it shouldnt be a crutch for poor musicianship. There are a lot of bands that rely too heavily on backing tracks, pitch correction, and quantizing and it ends up making all of that music sound the same.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

We are trying to open peoples eyes towards some of the problems in the world and government as well as prove that music can still be evolved.

What are your plans for the future?

Continue making music and playing for people as long as we can as well as try to push the boundaries of what we can do as musicians.

Follow Inferno Sunn on Facebook.

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