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.
Starting today and continuing into the end of February, I'll have an early album stream or exclusive song premiere for you each and every week. Outside of what we all know is set to drop this year from Archspire, Obscura, and a few more, everything I'm helping with for the next 6 weeks from lesser-known bands is certainly killer projects worth your time. So we'll start this run with an early album stream of Fractal Generator – Macrocosmos today ahead of its release on Friday via Everlasting Spew Records. As usual, you can read on to learn more about the group and the release, or you can scroll below and start jamming the release now.
If you're new to the group, Fractal Generator hails from Canada, which is usually a huge plus and indicator it's good shit when it comes to the world of tech-death. Prior to the upcoming release of Macrocosmos, the project dropped a demo EP of sorts called The Cannibalism of Objects in 2008 followed by their first album, Apotheosynthesis, in 2015. The group does an excellent job of merging old-school and early 2000's styles of heavy and fast as fuck death metal with a myriad of modern and quite different modern influences into something fresh.
For those who don't know their music well, I'd describe Macrocosmos as drawing heavily from a dual Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal realm, with supplementary influences ranging from Nile to Soreption to DSO/Gorguts to my ears. At the same time, trading the non-stop "too many notes" tech-death framework for something focused primarily on heaviness and massive chunky grooves. All of which is fused with their sci-fi aesthetic, usually embodied in their mechanical type of delivery, while often enhanced by eerie synth work and other such things to really embody that cold and futuristic vibe they're going for.
As usual, I asked the band if I could get some additional information about the release. Fractal Generator was kind enough to share with me that "Macrocosmos tells the story of future humans traveling a distant solar system who discover a mysterious planet where they find evidence that their reality is a simulation. With this album our vision was to create a more immersive atmosphere; a death metal album that feels dark and sinister with more groove while still incorporating intensity and brutal technicality. Creating a follow-up to Apotheosynthesis was challenging and took some time, but now that it's finished, we're extremely happy with every aspect of it."
Although I didn't think that their prior album, Apotheosynthesis, was by any means a bad effort, I really think it's worth pointing out just how much more mature and memorable a release the band has crafted here on Macrocosmos. That's why I signed up to help really, this is the sound of a group really coming into their own. As cool as that is, I'm very certain that they can take it even further moving forward, something I'm really looking forward to given how fucking good Macrocosmos is. So be sure to check out our early stream of Macrocosmos below. Pre-orders can be placed here and here if you like what you're hearing. You can follow the group over on the Fractal Generator Facebook Page.