Hey metal lovers! Let’s get stoked about this fantastic mid-week release from British Columbia Groovy Prog Death Metallers The Hallowed Catharsis and their new concept EP Solar Cremation!
Released January 20, 2017
Eric Burnet – Vocals, guitars, bass.
Alexandre Dupras – Drums.
Samskaras kick this E.P. off with a track like “Fuelscape” and at first, it sounds like a typical modern death metal act. Its dark and heavy, I can’t put my finger on it but the vocals have a few different styles to them. And I am not 100% sure that Eric is handling all vocals duties. But the vocals from “Fuelscape” don’t sound exactly like them on the track “Separate”. They really grab your attention around the 1:20 mark of “Fuelscape” when you hear the line “see how easy it is, to destroy a planet.” The song takes on a ferocious and dark turn, the blast beats consume you and that riff hooks you. The accents on the bell of the ride during the blast beats adds some spice to it. But then they come out and have clean vocals layered and they sound like something you would get from BTBAM. Not clean vocals in the sense that they are trying to get on the bandwagon of clean vocals. But they aren’t growling, and they aren’t bad either. I like them. I really dig “Fuelscape” so I was eager to hear more off this E.P. Solar begins like a song you would get from Animals as leaders, more melodic for at least the first thirty seconds and then they get ready to crush you again in short time. If you have never heard of Alexandre Dupras before, or heard him play. Well than this E.P. should be enough to get you familiarized with him. The drums are on point for the entire E.P. they just mesh with the guitar tones well. These two guys have a lot of talent. But having them together on this project, they are a force to be reckoned with. I have to admit the vocals on “Separate” had me thinking a few times that the vocals sound just like D. Randall Blythe from Lamb Of God, while the rest of the music going on is so much darker and heavier. Check it out on “Separate” when you get to the 1:10 mark there are similarities. But it’s the 1:43 mark that I really get this vibe. They have a really great balance of melodic to technical guitar work. Alexander’s drums are superb they sound awesome and he has gotten my attention for his talents. I know this is a 4 track E.P. but it comes with a “Name Your Price” option. The production is great, the music is awesome, and some of those riffs just get you instantly hooked and ready to throw some fists. it is worth mentioning that this E.P. was mixed and mastered by Chris Donaldson from The Grid so you know it sounds great.There is virtually no fluff as far as I am concerned, the clean vocals have a purpose and it’s not to show off their soothing voices. So don’t get hung up on the clean vocals until you hear them for yourself. I’ve been listening to this E.P. a lot personally and I dig it 7.5/10 \m/