The Tech Death gods from ARCHSPIRE are about to kick of their upcoming European tour together with BENEATH THE MASSACRE, VULVODYINA and INFERI. The Canadian tech maniacs are blasting through 21 cities at 350 bpm, playing their lates opus ‘Relentless Mutation’ in full. A full list of confirmed shows can be viewed below.
The band comment: “Tech the halls! Ho ho hope you’re ready for some extreme technical death metal, and santa is going to be stuffing your ear-stockings with an extra special gift this holiday season!!! We’ll be playing the entire ‘Relentless Mutation’ album on our upcoming tour TECH TREK EUROPE! We’re bringing our friends Beneath the Massacre, Vulvodynia and Inferi along with us, so don’t be a Grinch and come spend your holidays with us! Merry tech-mas!”
+Beneath the Massacre +Vulvodynia +Inferi
30 Nov 19 Karlsruhe (DE) Weisse Rose
01 Dec 19 Sint-Niklaas (BE) De Casino
02 Dec 19 London (UK) Underworld
03 Dec 19 Bristol (UK) The Exchange
04 Dec 19 Glasgow (UK) Cathouse
05 Dec 19 Birmingham (UK) Asylum2
06 Dec 19 Manchester (UK) Rebellion
07 Dec 19 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg
08 Dec 19 Paris (FR) Glazart
09 Dec 19 Toulouse (FR) Rex
10 Dec 19 Madrid (ES) Caracol
11 Dec 19 Barcelona (ES) Bóveda
13 Dec 19 Aarau (CH) Kiff
14 Dec 19 München (DE) Feierwerk
15 Dec 19 Ljubljana (SL) Orto Bar
16 Dec 19 Vienna (AT) Arena
17 Dec 19 Prague (CZ) Nova Chmelnice
18 Dec 19 Hannover (DE) Mephisto
19 Dec 19 Berlin (DE) Musik & Frieden
20 Dec 19 Leipzig (DE) Naumanns
21 Dec 19 Bochum (DE) Matrix
The cover of ‘Relentless Mutation’ by renowned artist Eliran Kantor can be viewed below together with the album details.
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)
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.