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News : Premiere: Archspire unveil crushing new track, “Involuntary Doppelgänger”

By on July 6, 2017

Photo: Alex Morgan

Canadian tech-death band Archspire are gearing for the release of their third full-length album, Relentless Mutation. With Relentless Mutation set to be released on September 22nd this year via Season of Mist, the band have now revealed their first slice of what to expect with the new album, and it is a truly devastating and crushing work of art!

Entitled “Involuntary Doppelgänger”, we here at Metal Obsession are very proud to present the brand new track below!

Welcome to first class technical death metal madness. Machinegun vocals rattle remorselessly over a furious flurry of arpeggios, scales, and everything else that the two string wizards of ARCHSPIRE can pick at break-finger speed out their guitars. If this sounds hardly human at the level of technical execution, the

Gatling-style hyper-drumming pushing these monstrous compositions forward is

adding to the alien impression. It cannot even be a question that the Canadians have outdone themselves with their third full-length, ‘Relentless Mutation’.

This album is simply insane in a most excellent way. The level of musicianship that ARCHSPIRE offer, will leave even tech death fans drooling. Yet the outfit from Vancouver in British Columbia is bringing an important extra to the table, the rare ability to write great songs. ‘Relentless Mutation’ is not just another compilation of outstanding musicianship, but the songs come with recognisable patterns that make sense in the greater conceptual framework of the album. And a clever use of contrasts leaves moments of clarity for the listener to take a breath and get ready for the next assault.

ARCHSPIRE exploded onto the scene in the year 2009 – after an earlier prelude under the moniker DEFENESTRATED. The band grew out of the rich Canadian scene for technical extremes that includes illustrious names such as GORGUTS or BEYOND CREATION. Yet ARCHSPIRE set out to take the sound to the next level from the start as their debut album ‘All Shall Align’ (2011) made clear, which immediately received critical comparison with the scene’s spearheads like OBSCURA.

The band developed a lyrical concept revolving around a dystopian science fiction universe, which was expanded on their sophomore full-length, ‘The Lucid Collective’ (2014) that witnessed ARCHSPIRE gaining widespread international recognition as one of the hottest names within the tech death community and beyond.

With ‘Relentless Mutation’, the Canadians are pushing the limits of their genre even further than before on all levels. ARCHSPIRE come crushing like a whirlwind to free ears and minds from pre-conceived notions about technical death metal.

Time to leave your shelter and face the tempest. This is the future.

The cover of ‘Relentless Mutation’ has been painted by renowned artist Eliran Kantor already well-known in the metal world for his works for TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, and HATE ETERNAL among others.

‘Relentless Mutation’, out September 22 via Season of Mist

Pre-order your copy HERE

Track-list

1. Involuntary Doppelgänger (3:46)

2. Human Murmuration (4:13)

3. Remote Tumour Seeker (4:01)

4. Relentless Mutation (4:35)

5. The Mimic Well (4:05)

6. Calamus Will Animate (3:50)

7. A Dark Horizontal (6:10)

Line-up

Dean Lamb: guitar

Spencer Prewett: drums

Oliver Rae Aleron: vocals

Tobi Morelli: guitar

Jared Smith: bass

Recording, Mix, and Mastering: Dave Otero at Flatline Audio

Style: Technical Death Metal

Cover art: Eliran Kantor

Available formats

CD

Gatefold LP in various colours

About

Jonathon is an aspiring fantasy/sci-fi novelist and music journalist. Thanks to the influence of the music he grew up with, he has always possessed a keen interest in metal and rock. He is also a huge fan of mythology, legend, and folklore from all across the world. You should follow him on Twitter.