Melodic Death Metal
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:
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 :
-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!
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.
Genre: Melancholic Melodic Death Metal
Label: Inverse Records
Churning out the largest number of metal bands per capita means lots of potential pouring out of Finland these days, including Shadecrown’s Agonia. They are off to a great start with this album, even though some of the elements don’t jive the best with each other. The contrast between the vocals is stark, with the growls tending to sound a little on the forced side and grating at times. When there is a break from vocals, like the beginning of “Eremohbia”, and the spotlight is only on the musicianship and the writing, you can see where Shadecrown really excels. It’s nothing complicated, nothing that breaks the mold of traditional melodic death, but it’s well done and well thought out. They have furthered subgenrefied themselves, by adding ‘melancholic’ and justly so, feeling of gloom is definitely present throughout each of the 10 songs. The sporadic use of clean vocals adds a nice touch without going overboard, although the auditory break from the raw vocals is appreciated. The main downfall is that Shadecrown lacks a bit in consistency, some songs are a great example of melodic death such as “The Ruins of Me”; a heavy, powerful track where the vocals aren’t too strained and there is a wicked guitar solo to round it out. Some of the songs, including “Walk Through Hell” and “Silent Hours” have more of a hard rock feel, bordering on thrash with a huge Iced Earth influence. While not to say it’s awful or poorly executed, I just don’t particularly like it. I thoroughly enjoy the piano and acoustic bits, especially on “Led Astray” but the vocals are too inconsistent in pattern and rhythm.
This a fairly strong debut album, I will give it that. Shadecrown has some refining to do and need to perfect their individual sound a bit more, but they are definitely on the right track.
Favorite Track: “Led Astray”
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