Hey there tech-fiends, it's that time of the week once again. After bringing you really cool early streams two weeks in a row now for Burial In The Sky and The Ritual Aura, I'm psyched to say we've got another killer early stream for you today. But before we dive into that, here is the usual reminder first that all prior editions of this series can be perused here.
Back in 2012, a new group of tech-death youngsters from Lafayette, Indiana called Dawn of Dementia wormed their way into our technical death metal loving hearts with their fresh new EP, Residuum. After membership changes and unexpected recording delays, the band is finally about to release their debut full-length, Immolation of Avernis. We've got a full early stream of it below for you to check out while you read this. While the wait for Immolation of Avernis has been long for fans like myself, I can definitely say it was worth it after listening to this album early for the last few weeks pretty much non-stop. Immolation of Avernis may be a late edition to 2016 tech-death, but its one of the best damn albums in the genre I've heard all year.
Brutal and ruthlessly aggressive technical death metal is still the name of the game here for Dawn of Dementia, but they've taken the melodic and progressive death metal parts of their sound to a whole new level this time. The end result often reminds me of Archspire, Spawn Of Possession, and Obscura when things aren't getting nice and absurdly brutal. The core line-up on Immolation of Avernis is Derick Harshbarger (Breeding Filth) on guitar and vocals, Joel Schwallier (Inferi, Kossuth) on bass, and Colin Foster (Kossuth, Breeding Filth) the bands somewhat new drummer who plays drums on three songs here. But the album also features drumming by no less than Hannes Grossman (Alkaloid, Blotted Science, ex-Obscura, etc) on three songs, Last Chance To Reason drummer Evan Sammons on the album's title track, Primordium and Essomenic drummer John King on two songs, and then there's also a guitar solo from Rings of Saturn guitarist Lucas Mann on "Consuming Calcified Remains".
Everything about Immolation of Avernis gets me super hyped, from the fantastic guitar work to the virtuoso bass playing from Joel, the bevvy of talented drummers laying down sick drumming, and most importantly, the varied and soul consuming songwriting on display from start to finish. If you dig the full early stream we have for you below, the album is available for pre-order through their bandcamp page here. Immolation of Avernis will be a digital only release starting this Friday, with physical copies coming later once the band receives them. In the meantime, be sure to follow the band over on their Facebook page to stay up to date once more album release pre-order details and links go up.