Tuesday, September 11, 2018

NEWS: releases on Friday: Anisoptera

As a work of prog-death/jazz extreme metal, Anisoptera offers several expectations that are the standard for the genre, and a few that are a bit more unique to this project. For a debut, and an independent one at that, the sound quality is strong and it is as loud as fans of the style would want.
True to the jazz metal attitude, the music crosses boundaries and genres and at some moments this gives a glimpse of musicians with minds not loyal to a genre but rather loyal to a mentality of tentative experimentation. They seem willing to try out different moods, and they are not committed to one in particular. For now, they go in the direction of heaviness and progressiveness. Progressive to Anisoptera does not mean a genre, but rather ideas about pushing themselves in loud, extreme music. Genres don’t mean that much. Deathcore, melodic death, groove, tech-death, metalcore, djent, shred, blasting speed, and chugging heaviness is all in various ways here.
They are working hard to make it worth the time of the listener. For instance, the vocals show a desire to have growling that is a bit more comprehensible. As a debut, it is worth for the die-hard prog-death fans and collectors to check out the tunes that are available now for listening at the link below, after the official information.
Spawn of Odonata
14 September 2018
“Float like a dragonfly, sting like a bee.” That’s probably how Anisoptera prefer to think of the legendary Ali quote, as they explore the wonders of this carnivorous insect on their d├ębut full-length through the medium of progressive death metal. Spawn of Odonata lands straight in the middle of the Californian hotbed of metal in the Bay Area, fully formed and fighting fit.
As a mission statement, Spawn of Odonata is ambitious; fusing jazz, technicality, melody, and blistering death metal, Randall Krieger knows precisely how to craft the right balance that darts all over the place but without becoming tiresome. His riffs and solos echo the greats in Obscura and Decrepit Birth, interwoven into a death metal tapestry that offers much on repeat listens. Robby Perry, meanwhile, lays down a gauntlet of harsh vocal dominance. His lows are a roar that offsets well against the higher screams, not unlike Travis Ryan in decimation mode.
Aside from the wealth of talent between the duo, there are a few other names of note. Behind the mixing desk is producer Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, Bleeding Through), while guesting in the vocal booth are Jared Christianson (Arkaik, on “Aerial Predator”) and Jimbo Patton (Aethere, on “Cursed”), both of whom provide unique dynamics against Perry’s already varied harsh vocals.
Having already shared the stage with a bewildering list of bands - from Deicide and Dying Fetus to Sepultura and Septicflesh - Anisoptera are just getting started with making a name for themselves. Spawn of Odonata is a quintessential example of a band emerging from their cocoon, ready to take on the world at large.
FFO: Cattle Decapitation, Obscura, Deeds of Flesh
Anisoptera is:
Randall Krieger - Guitars
Robby Perry - Vocals
(Guest) Jared Christianson (Arkaik, on “Aerial Predator”)
(Guest) Jimbo Patton (Aethere, on “Cursed”)
Mixed by Mick Kenney at The Barracks Recording Studio.

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