ABYSMAL DAWN – Obsolescence

Abysmal Dawn - ObscolescenceArmed to the teeth with a vast array of weaponry, ABYSMAL DAWN go all out on Obsolescence. With the modus operandi of always pushing forward, the band successfully push its boundaries of musicality and intensity.

Obsolescence has the sophistication and dynamic range of latter era-DEATH balanced with sheer heaviness and brutality. With their chops, it’s too easy to take for granted the plethora of excellent riffing. The agility and precision involved is inspiring to musicians. ABYSMAL DAWN also incorporate a good blend of straight forward, simple riffing/song structures harkening back to old school/classic death metal.

Speaking of songs, they always come first here. The sheer intensity and sense of urgency evoked is something to behold. The track listing also plays a pivotal role in keeping the listening experience varied and compelling. Peaks and valleys in all facets of songwriting are so important.

Vocalist/guitarist Charles Elliot‘s vocals take prominence in each song, commanding a lead presence. It’s clear that his phenomenal performance on BEREFT‘s debut album has carried over to Obsolescence. His long, high screams hit at the most intense parts of songs. Certain vocal lines are accented by dual vocals (ala DEICDE) to nice effect.

The band’s cover of the DISSECTION classic, “Night’s Blood,” will bring a tear to any DISSECTION fan’s eye. It’s not only a flawless tribute but fitting that the first song on Storm of the Light’s Bane serves as the album closer.

As a music listener, a good rule of thumbs is to leave labels behind (i.e. “technical death metal”). Enjoy ABYSMAL DAWN‘s Obsolescence for what it is – fine music. (Relapse Records)

Stream the New ABYSMAL DAWN Song “Inanimate”

The new song from LA death metallers, ABYSMAL DAWN, is now online for streaming.  Check out “Inanimate“:

“I’m very happy to present a new ABYSMAL DAWN track after almost three years of waiting,” commented vocalist/guitarist Charles Elliott. “It’s a heavy one, so get ready to bang your fucking head with the song on repeat until your neck won’t move anymore!!!”

“Lyrically this one is about losing your idealism and becoming a cold, unfeeling shell of a human being, in order to survive our modern society. An inanimate object if you will; one without hope that has cut themselves off from emotion. Our experiences in this life can carve us into stone, but they can also desensitize us in the process. In short, this might be the most depressing song you ever wanted to circle pit too.”

“We hope you enjoy ‘Inanimate‘ and that you catch us on our tour with Deicide this fall. We’ll also be playing a few headlining shows that we hope you’ll cause chaos at as well. See you soon and cheers!”

ABYSMAL DAWN‘s new album, Obsolescence, hits late October 2014.

ABYSMAL DAWN’s Obsolescence Strikes October 2014

Los Angeles death metallers, ABYSMAL DAWN, return with full force on their fourth full-length, Obsolescence. Obsolescence will be released October 28th in North America (UK/World October 27th and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th) via Relapse Records. Pre-orders will be available shortly.

Mainman Charles Elliott provided the details:

“Three years have passed since the release of ‘Leveling the Plane of Existence‘, and it’s high-time we released another slab of epic, bludgeoning death metal. This album took over a year and a half to come to fruition between writing and recording, and I think the blood sweat and tears definitely show in the final work of art.

“The title of the record is inspired by the term ‘planned obsolescence’, and is applied to all of mankind. In business terms, it means to manufacture a product that’s made to breakdown after a certain amount of time, so that it can be replaced. People. Societies, governments and religions all have an expiration date for their usefulness in this world; they break down and are replaced just like any other commodity. If you follow the band, you know that dehumanization is a running theme with us, and you’ll be relieved to know we aren’t singing about rainbows, puppies and the girl next-door on this one.

“I also have to say, it was a great pleasure of mine to have our friend and amazing guitarist, Christian Muenzer, lay down a guest solo on a track. My teenage guitar hero Bobby Koelble shreds on a song as well, making it the only metal album I can think of that he played on since ‘Symbolic‘! That in itself is a huge honor for me.

“We even did a cover song of DISSECTIONNight’s Blood‘ that I think everyone will enjoy. We tried hard to obtain the integrity and vibe of the original and I think we achieved that. It’s the first cover we ever recorded. So we made sure we did it right!

“When all is said and done, I believe this is to be our crowning achievement so far, and I’m sure the fans will agree once they hear it. Thank you for all your support over the years. See you all on tour this Fall!”

INTRONAUT’s Sacha Dunable Announces Launch of Dunable Guitars

INTRONAUT/BEREFT vocalist/guitarist Sacha Dunable has announced his new guitar company, Dunable Guitars. Dunable Guitars currently has two models, Yarnhawk and Moonflower, which can be completely customized and ordered online at www.dunableguitars.com.  Very beautiful guitars.

If you’re a fan of INTRONAUT, you’ll know that Sacha is a guitar nerd that prides himself on tonality and has played a lot of different high end guitars.

Check out the guitars in action:

Video of the Day: INTRONAUT’s Sacha Dunable Joins MESHUGGAH on Stage

Today’s video of the day comes fresh from the current U.S. tour with MESHUGGAH, INTRONAUT, and ANIMALS AS LEADERS.  As a special treat, INTRONAUT frontman, Sacha Dunable, joined MESHUGGAH on lead vocals for a performance of the MESHUGGAH classic, “New Millenium Cyanide Christ” this past Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia.

What an awesome performance.  The APESHIT goons are insanely proud of Sacha!

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2012

As another great year for heavy music comes to a close, APESHIT takes a look back at our favorite pieces of music of 2012. This year had some great comebacks in CRYPTOPSY and STRIFE. There were also some nice surprises in the new sheer quality of the new SIX FEET UNDER and brutality of the new SOULFLY.

We want to thank all our readers, friends in the industry, and all the amazing artists, big and small, that we get a chance to work with for a great 10th year of existence. As the music industry as a whole continues to take an economic hit, let us all remember: If you like a band or one of their releases, support it!

Here’s hoping for a great 2013!

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INTRONAUT Hard at Work in the Studio

INTRONAUT, the post-metal prog act hailing from Los Angeles, has entered the studio to begin working on their fourth full length album.  Drums will be recorded by producer John Haddad at Trench Studios, while Derek Donley (BEREFT) will be handling recording duties for all other elements.  Andrew Schneider will be mixing the album and David D’Andrea will be working with the band again on artwork and layout.

Vocalist and guitarist Sacha Dunable comments: “After a year of intense, full-time writing mode, we are elated to begin recording our fourth full length this week.  It’s a little early to have perspective on how it compares to our past records, but it should be a banger.  Expect a wildly technical, emotionally charged, organic sounding record.”

Check out footage of the band jamming some covers:

The new album is tentatively scheduled for a Spring 2013 release.

Contest: Win a Copy of BEREFT’s Leichenhaus

Bereft - LeichenhausWe are giving away five (5) copies of BEREFT‘s excellent debut, Leichenhaus, courtesty of The End Records. One (1) grand prize winner will also receive a hand-numbered vinyl copy (in addition to the CD).

We’ll make this easy… just tweet @apeshit on Twitter and mention that you want to win BEREFT‘s Leichenhaus. The first person to mention us will win the vinyl and CD; the next four will win the CD. Also, make sure you are following us on Twitter so we can notify you and DM you for your mailing address.

Fine print: Sorry, this contest is only open to U.S. residents.

Check out our review of Leichenhaus.

Update: contest is now closed. Congrats to our winners @MrTorrestoyou @GODDAMAGES @thehexxed @dalern63 @metalsujo!

BEREFT – Leichenhaus

BEREFT‘s debut album, Leichenhaus, should not be mistaken for an unearnest attempt at doom metal nor merely as an unfocused side project band.  This is excellent doom created by true doom followers.  The band, comprised of members of INTRONAUT, ABYSMAL DAWN, NATIONAL SUNDAY LAW, and GRAVITON, draw inspiration from all over the subgenre’s history to create an ultra heavy, brooding, dark, and depressed experience. And how more doom can you get than an album centered on the concept of entering the realm of death?

In addition to the muscular, down tuned riffs, ritualistic drumming and gigantic, cavernous feel, there is a subtle trippy, atmospheric dimension, acoustic guitar embellishments as well as a healthy use of melody that helps distinguish BEREFT.  It must be said that vocalist/guitarist Charles Elliott‘s vocals are just godly on Leichenhaus.  His ultra low and long growls  fit the music just perfectly.  No doom band of this general style should be without a Charles Elliott.

Highlights can be found throughout the record.   “Withered Efflorescence” has a great main riff that the band does a great job of building on throughout the song.  “The Coldest Orchestra” has a nice juxtaposition of atmospheric, melodic, and dirty, heavy riffing.  “Ethereal Dispereal” has a great crawling lead guitar part and melancholic tone that would make classic, middle-era KATATONIA envious.  It is probably the crown jewel of the record.

Overall, Leichenhaus is a strong debut that will please fans of great doom such as MY DYING BRIDE, SKEPTICISM, and SLEEP while simultaneously sounding unique and fresh. (The End Records)

ABYSMAL DAWN/BEREFT’s Charles Elliott and OBSCURA’s Steffen Kummerer Announced as Vocalists on Death to All Tour

ABYSMAL DAWN/BEREFT‘s Charles Elliott and OBSCURA‘s Steffen Kummerer have been announced as vocalists of DEATH tribute, Death to All Tour. The tour’s band will consist of ex-DEATH members including Gene Hoglan, Steve DiGiorgio, Bobby Koelble, Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal.

Tour dates:
6/22/2012 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
6/23/2012 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
6/26/2012 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
6/28/2012 – Irving Plaza – NYC, NY
6/30/2012 – The Beacham – Orlando, FL