Drawing inspiration from such forward-thinking metal heavyweights as Decapitated, Meshuggah, and The Dillinger Escape Plan, Oklahoma City’s Dischordia brings a fresh perspective to the scene by combining tried-and-true US death metal brutality with far-flung ideas from a multitude of global influences. The band’s music-first ethos has been forged through years of stylistic refinement and questing for a sound to call their own.
October of 2011 saw Dischordia release the debut EP, Creator, Destroyer, with which the band made a noticeable impact. Positive press and relentless independent touring across the USA for this offering led the band to sign with Rogue Records America for the release of their debut full-length album, Project 19 in July 2013. The band supported the release across the USA on several tours in 2013 and 2014, along with a follow up covers EP, Sources, in 2015 and 2016. November 2016, brought the band’s second full-length, and most ambitious release to date, Thanatopsis, and was met with overwhelmingly positive praise and reviews.
Dischordia have toured across the United States and secured opening slots for the likes of Between The Buried and Me, Gorguts, Revocation, Intronaut, Fallujah, Vektor, Dying Fetus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Periphery, and more. Their innovative assault stands tall alongside these names, and with Thanatopsis to represent them, the band is set to continue conquering fans across the metal scene.
The Summoned is technical metal band hailing from Massachusetts, United States. Often compared to a plethora of bands and genres The Summoned are no strangers to pushing the boundaries of traditional heavy metal. With technical riffs, head bobbing grooves, sing-along choruses, jazzy interludes, and epic solos there is always something to grasp onto for all likes of music fans.
Formed in the winter of 2007 since the beginning they had one goal in mind and that was to always push the limits to what heavy metal is supposed to be. Utilizing their various separate influences including Sam’s love for death metal, Shaun’s passion for progressive metal, Stephen’s fascination with mainstream metal, and Jarred’s fondness of guitar virtuosos they utilized those styles to create the sound you hear today.
In the winter of 2011 The Summoned released their first full length titled “If Only Minds Could Paint Pictures” to critical acclaim including a perfect 5 out of 5 on TheNewReview.net and an 8/10 on theheaviestmatteroftheuniverse.com, as well as praise and continuous airplay on Rock 101 The Summoned felt it was time to embark on tour to support the album.
In the Summer of 2012 The Summoned embarked on a 23 day headline tour spanning the US and Canada with a homecoming show to play the 2012 Summer Slaughter Tour with Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless and more.
After a year of playing shows up and down the east coast along with dates in Canada The Summoned felt it was time to begin writing a new their new album “Sessions” in hopes to top the critical acclaim of their predecessor “If Only Minds Could Paint Pictures”.
In the winter of 2013 The Summoned entered the studio with long time friend Evan Sammons of Last Chance To Reason (Prosthetic Records) to begin the recording process. For the next 3 years The Summoned would spend time in the studio writing, working on every nuance of the album to ensure the technicality and sound quality was leaps and bounds ahead of their previous effort, they have achieved that goal.
“Sessions” is the journey through the mind of a troubled mental patient who is struggling to confront his own personal demons through a series of sessions with a psychiatrist. Each individual song resembles those sessions. Whether they’re spastic to give the feeling of panic the patient is feeling or the soothing realization of what in fact is going on “Sessions” is not just an album but an experience.
With praise their peers, various US and Canada tours under their belt, merch and albums sold world wide, featured in publications such as Sick Drummer Magazine, and all while being an independent band they have shown that through hard work and creating their own vision of heavy metal their music strikes a nerve.
Discarnate is a 5-piece death metal band from Illinois. Inspired by the punishing sounds of early 90’s extreme metal and the new wave of modern death metal, the new band has already made a mark in the scene. In a little over a year since the bands inception, they released an EP critiqued by Lars Bremnes Ese of Metal Hammer Norway as “evocative and massive.” “The Derangement” was released in May 2016 to an already eager base of fans.
Featuring guitarists Luke Nissen and Ivan Cordova, bassist Alletta Ergun, and drummer Dave Cieck, the solid and mature instrumentation that makes the core of the band is a fully collaborative effort. Trading riffs and ideas is what they do, always striving for a new take on a genre that is nearly 45 years old. This, combined with the mind-crushing lyrics and vocal delivery of the bands’ frontman, Matthew Maggio, makes for an exciting and evolving sound.
Currently, the band is seeking to expand it’s reach in the United States, hoping to bring its music to a wider audience through touring and a vibrant social media presence. In the meantime, there is always work to be done. Along with reaching out for tours, they are writing a new EP, a full length, which they hope to release by years’ end 2017.
Brutal Death Metal from Chicago, IL