Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Samskaras - 2017 - Asunder (LP)

Samskaras is a two piece death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Asunder is their debut EP, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy) and Marc-Olivier Fr├ęchette at The Grid. It follows two singles from 2014. Samskaras consists of Eric Burnet (Derelict, Unburnt) providing guitars & vocals and Alexandre Dupras (Teramobil, Unhuman) providing drums. From the opening moments of Fuelscape it is clear there has been an upgrade in sound, the production gives these songs a fuller, grander feel.

Samskaras play technical death metal with a progressive flourish. It can be easy for bands that play technical or progressive music to get lost in the technicality, to complicate the music with time changes simply to complicate the music. Samskaras avoid that problem by writing good songs and avoiding cliches, everything is where it should be in the proper amount. Here's where I would list my favourite songs but there's no need when an EP is this consistent. If you're looking for some technical, progressive death metal that isn't purely that, Samskaras' Asunder will serve well.