First Fragment was founded in 2007 by Phil Tougas (Chthe’ilist, Atramentus, Funebrarum) & brothers Gabriel Brault-Pilon and David AB. From day one, the trio sought to create a brand of extreme technical death metal that combined counterpoint-based riffing, neoclassical lead guitar work, power metal-inspired passages as well as flamenco & swing sections in a desire to branch out and establish their own unique voice in the Quebec scene.
Their critically-acclaimed 2016 debut album “Dasein” released through Unique Leader built upon the foundation established with the band’s notorious EP “The Afterthought Ecstasy”, self-released in 2010. Dasein was the culmination of almost 10 years of hard work and dedication to their craft. First Fragment have since honed their craft and perfected their sound through expanding upon their extensive musical influences, further blurring the line between flamenco-inspired technical death metal and neoclassical power metal.
The result is “Gloire Éternelle” – an ambitious conceptual album that is unmistakably First Fragment, yet at the same time, impossible to categorize and pigeonhole. Boasting baroque-influenced guitar counterpoint, flamenco sections, unique slap-bass-driven swing grooves (which the band trademarked by name as “swingdowns”), dual vocals, face-ripping lead guitar work and bombastic drumming, the end result can be described as an ultimate shred-fest filled to the brim with passion, conviction and memorability.
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 LAST OF LUCY
“Based in Orange County/Los Angeles, California, The Last Of Lucy are back with a new offering of chaotic and memorable technical death metal on their upcoming full-length, Ashvattha. Which is set for release on November 17th. The Last Of Lucy has been active since 2007 and incorporates various elements of Grind, Jazz Avant Garde and Classical music into their own unique style of tech-death.” -Metal Temple
“Staying away from the traditional constraints of a single genre label, Misanthropy fuses mind dissolving dissonant melodies, twisting hyper speed technicality, foundation-shattering low brutality, and hooks that will worm their way into your brain and take up permanent residence “