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News: AfterEarth Seek New Members

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AfterEarth - In the Shadow of Destiny


One of Calgary’s best and hardest working death metal bands seemed to have dropped off the face of the earth awhile back, but finally they have made a statement as to why. From the AfterEarth Facebook page:

Hello Everyone!
Garrett here,
I figure its time to bring everyone up to speed!
AfterEarth is not dead as one might have assumed do to inactivity as of late. Jesse and Andrew decided to leave AfterEarth for reasons of their own. There is no bad blood, and we are all still friends, but people grow and seek in life. With that leaves quite a large void in the band, to which Dustin and myself have been deliberating on a course of action for quite a few months now.
We’ve decided to continue on, and we need your help!
We’re looking couple of dedicated musicians that share our vision to join up and continue on with us. Bass and Guitar/lead positions specifically.
Looking for people that have :
-stage experience
-gear and the ability to transport themselves and said gear.
-Love for Death Metal.
Currently we are working on new material, and would invite potential candidates get involved in the writing process if he/she desired.
We also have studio time booked in July to record a new single & 3 song ep.
Thanks so much!
-Garrett
-AfterEarth

I don’t know about you, but I know I am excited. I’ve seen AfterEarth a handful of times, and every time was spectacular. I was introduced to the band back at Farmageddon 2014, when they played in full sunlight. They then did a couple shows in Edmonton, including Black Mourning Light 2015, finally going off the radar last year.

AfterEarth - Dustin Hahn - Photo by Dustin Ekman
AfterEarth – Dustin Hahn – Photo by Dustin Ekman

Music Review: Shark Infested Daughters – These Tides, Our Tombs

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Shark Infested Daughters - These Tides, Our Tombs

Genre: Metalcore
Label: Independent

Shark Infested Daughters is a local abnormality making waves in their hometown of Calgary, Alberta. They are one of the few local bands who manage to garner as many rabid haters as devoted fans. When expressing dislike for the band, people rarely make mention if it’s the music they dislike, or if they think the members are pricks; the subjectivity of music is ignored, it’s just straight up, fuck that band.

I assume these people haven’t listened to SID since they released Reflections of the Dead (EP) in 2013, which is a unfortunate mess of unrefined vocals, misplaced guitar solos and heavy does of egregious synth abuse. SID has definitely come a long way in 3 years. Their latest release, These Tides, Our Tombs shows a far more mature sound with a multi-dimensional feel where most metalcore tends to fall flat and become monotonous. One of the most appreciated enhancements is less dramatic use of keyboards and the clean vocals taking a far more prominent role, providing a soothing break from the chaotic harsh vocals. Sticking with the typical metalcore format, the riffs are fast and heavy with more aggression and less emotion than previous releases. We are given an album that shows dedication to improvement, complete with creative, progressive riffs, intricate melodies and a cohesion not typically found in the ‘core’ genres.

Keeping in mind that this is metalcore, the album is pretty close to flawless, managing to seamlessly blend perspicacious lyrics on top of a formidable metal sound, compiled together with expert production. This is an album that has the originally to break down genre walls and create a truly diverse and dedicated fan base. A revised sound that maintains the positive elements of past releases that veteran fans know and love, compounded with enough creativity to attract a plethora of new listeners. It’s rare to find such a definitive offering from an unsigned local band, that I’d consider a shining example of everything that can go right with underground original music. If haters are a sign of success, then SID deserves them. If they have improved this much in 3 years, I’m personally very interested in seeing what washes up on shore in the next 3.

Favorite track – Hitokiri