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Thursday, December 8, 2016
First Fragment playthrough video
The tech-metal band First Fragment (Canada) had its debut album earlier in 2016. Now they have a playthrough video for those interesting in the guitar work.
OFFICIAL: With the recent release of their debut album Dasein in May 2016, Montreal's neoclassical tech death collective FIRST FRAGMENT has caught the attention of many guitar fanatics worldwide with their adventurous and eclectic sound. Combining '80s neoclassical metal, flamenco, and extreme metal influences, the music of FIRST FRAGMENT is a bold, over-the-top "monument of shred," despite it's structural and harmonic simplicity.
Captured at Humanoise Studios with Mathieu Marcotte (Augury, Humanoid) and mixed by Hugues Deslauriers (Augury, Defilementory, Vengeful etc.), the eleven-track Dasein features guest appearances from current and former members of Spawn Of Possession, Obscura, Inferi, Augury, and Elderoth, as well as artwork by Sam Nelson (Incandescence, Wayfarer, Stoic Dissention).
Metal Injection crowned the record a, "rare modern classic that people will be talking about for awhile," further elaborating, "Dasein is indeed one of the most impressive and extreme tech-death debut albums I've heard in some time. If you can imagine what it would sound like if Gorod, Spawn Of Possession, and Necrophagist joined forces with Jason Becker, [Yngwie] Malmsteen, and Origin's shred influences... you'd arrive at the frequently eye-popping sonic territory that FIRST FRAGMENT occupies." Elsewhere the sentiment echoed. Dead Rhetoric wrote in a 9.5/10 review, "A technical death metal album that is downright pleasant on the ears, look to FIRST FRAGMENTto be seen in the same sentence as genre leaders like Gorod and Beyond Creation once the world is fully exposed to Dasein." Last Rites concurred, "Dasein... is punishingly fast and overwhelmingly technical. It is, more than anything else, a monument to shred. Even so, FIRST FRAGMENT never falls prey to the common pitfalls of the style, because where tech death often feels sterile and academic, Dasein is playful, curious, and exuberant. The album is unremittingly melodic and neoclassical, with its stacked arpeggios sometimes sounding like a baroque fugue played on a harpsichord that has been dredged in liquid mercury." In a 5/5 "classic" rating, Sputnik Music gushed, "It's very difficult to make such a fast, in-your-face album and keep it consistent and intriguing per every song. This proves to be no trouble for FIRST FRAGMENT; Dasein absolutely earns a place amongst the best modern techdeath releases and deserves all the credit it gets. The tracks flow seamlessly with gorgeous melodies dominating the record." In a 4.5/5 review, Heavy Blog Is Heavy noted, "Dasein is an album that could easily be pointed at as an archetypal technical death metal album. Basically a love letter to the genre, it's infectiously memorable and groovy. Fans of the genre can find much to appreciate here, and it would serve as an excellent starting point for those looking to delve deeper as well. FIRST FRAGMENT have knocked it out of the park with their debut album, and shown yet again that there is something special about French Canada that leads to excellent tech death that is a must-listen."
Formed in 2007, FIRST FRAGMENT quickly drew attention of the underground after releasing numerous demos, and their debut EP The Afterthought Ecstasy as a three-piece. It wasn't long until the band made their official entry in the scene afterwards with a full lineup until eventually getting the attention of Californian-based label Unique Leader Records to release their debut album. Years later, FIRST FRAGMENT remains as strong as ever and unchanged to their core, and in their common obsession: To dominate the world. Onward!
Phil Tougas - L'entité Guitar Playthrough - First Fragment