ABIOTIC are set to release their new album "Casuistry" April 21st on Metal Blade Records. In support of the album, the band will be hitting the road starting this April for an extensive North American tour. ABIOTIC is heading out alongside Boris the Blade, Alterbeast and more. The tour kicks off April 12th and wraps up May 8th in San Francisco, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below.
The first song from “Casuistry” entitled 'Cast into the Depths' which features Dying Fetus front man John Gallagher on guest vocals is available for streaming at http://www.metalblade.com/abiotic. Casuistry is available for pre-order in exclusive bundle packages at the link as well.
ABIOTIC signed to Metal Blade Records and released their debut album, "Symbiosis," which was followed by regional and national touring. Reviews for the album were predominantly positive - Terrorizer Magazine called the record "a monstrously ferocious first full-length" and Decibel Magazine claimed that ABIOTIC "could eventually help propel some kind of post-djent prog bandwagon." The promotional cycle for "Symbiosis" concluded with a support tour with Dying Fetus and Exhumed. By the end of 2014, ABIOTIC had re-tooled their line up by adding vocalist Travis Bartosek and drummer Brent Phillips.
In the late summer of 2014, ABIOTIC ventured to Basement Recordings with acclaimed producer Jamie King. The collaboration would prove fruitful. Guitarist John Matos elaborates: "Working with Jamie was unlike any other studio experience we've had before. Tracking with someone who's produced bands like Between the Buried and Me, Wretched, and The Contortionist put our minds at ease and allowed us to put
The addition of Brent Phillips and Travis Bartosek were particularly influential on the recording process. Phillip's drumming allowed for the band to spend more time exploring tones and sounds than ever before. He brought a renewed sense of groove and feel to the process, along with being the fastest drummer the band has played with to date. Vocally, fans will notice the largest change here. Bartosek took over lyric writing duties and topics range from suicide, Middle East conflict, religion, and a bit of misanthropy. An additional note on vocals - John Gallagher of Dying Fetus can be heard lending his trademark sounds on "Cast Into the Depths."
An ABIOTIC record would not be complete without space-y leads and the bands brand of breakdowns. Leads were a major focus for the album. Seven of the nine tracks contain guitar solos from both John Matos and Matt Mendez. And, of course, Alex Vasquez's bass flourishes can be heard throughout. There's even a drum solo on "Molecular Rematerialization." And, as an added challenge for the band to learn to play live, guitarist Paul Waggoner from Between the Buried and Me offered a solo of his own on "Absence of Purity." It's all of these elements, flourishes, and individual musical muscle-flexing that gives ABIOTIC their trademark sound.
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Tour w/ Boris the Blade, Alterbeast, Reaping, Asmodeia
04/12: Shreveport, LA @ Hotshots
04/13: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room w/ Vital Remains, Vale of Pnath
04/15: Memphis, TN @ High Tone Records
04/16: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
04/17: Kenilworth, NJ @ 10th Street Live
04/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Coco 66
04/20: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
04/21: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
04/22: Detroit, MI @ The Ritz
04/23: Danville, IL @ Vintage Villains
04/24: Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
04/25: Lacrosse, WI @ Warehouse
04/26: Milwaukee, WI @ Metal Grill
04/27: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
w/ Boris the Blade, Alterbeast
04/28: Denver, CO @ The Skatuary
04/29: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
04/30: Pocatello, ID @ Green T
w/ Boris the Blade, Alterbeast, Lord of War
05/2: Spokane, WA @ The Pin
05/3: Salem, OR @ Duffy's Hangar
05/5: San Jose, CA @ The Rockbar
05/6: Upland, CA @ The Grizzly Den
05/7: Camarillo, CA @ Rock City Studios
05/8: San Diego, CA @ Soma