Hey there, tech fiends. It's that time of the week again. Before we dive into today's focus, here's the usual weekly reminder that if you're looking for even more sick bands to hear, all prior editions of this series can be perused here.
Today’s focus is an early stream of Place of Chains, the upcoming 2nd full-length from Arizona-based forward-thinking tech-death project Singularity. The album drops this Friday, October 11th through The Artisan Era. As usual for early streams or premieres here, you can check it out below now, or, read on for more information before or as you listen.
Singularity has proven themselves as a special group, since their early demo days and into the present. I say that as someone who has been covering them since the demo days between No Clean Singing and Metal Injection, and, helping with premieres and coverage for every subsequent effort after the demos. Normally, I’d say a lot more to tout what a band has going on, but, Singularity has earned their keep, they’re already sick, and, you can easily surmise as much by clicking play below. We’ll make it that simple for you.
While “symphonic” layered tech-death gains prominence every year, Singularity not only joined up prior to most but, more importantly, committed much of their identity to not just symphonic layering, they’re just as interested in black metal minded symphonic metal, an important sonic distinction that has always helped set them apart.
Now, with their second album, Place of Chains, it is very much worth discussing if this is more of the same from them, or, a further evolution. I’m of the opinion as a hardcore longterm fan, that Place of Chains is most certainly a further step forward and upwards for Singularity. To distill it simply, since their inception and on of seeking to combine these separate universes of extreme metal both symphonic black metal and tech-death, Place of Chains is definitely their finest manifestation of this bold sonic experiment thus far.
As is common for much of technical death metal, and, more so for branches of it intertwined with other totally different styles, it’s better to hear it for yourself than read a song-by-song review when the music is this complex and frenetic. I’m confident in how good this is, but, it’s all embedded below. So, do check it out, and, be the judge for yourself. If you’re into it, you can order Place of Chains through Bandcamp and The Artisan Era’s site. You can follow the group over on the Singularity Facebook page.