In 2014, Montreal’s vibrant and collaborative metal scene gave rise to a new progressive death metal duo called Samskaras. The band was founded by multi-instrumentalist Eric Burnet who honed his skills in the now-defunct tech-death outfit Derelict. Burnet rounded out Samskaras’ lineup by enlisting drummer Alexandre Dupras of Teramobil and Unhuman fame. The project started off small, releasing two standalone singles before kicking into high gear with the 2017 release of their highly praised four-song effort, ‘Asunder’.
Now only one year after the release of ‘Asunder’, Samskaras recently announced ‘Lithification’, a new four-song EP set for release on Friday, October 26th. ‘Lithification’ will strongly appeal to fans of fellow Québécois artists such as Gorguts, Neuraxis, Quo Vadis, Cryptopsy, and Despised Icon. Inspiration is drawn from other far-flung corners of the extreme music spectrum as well, with bands such as Anaal Nathrakh, Converge, Wood Of Ypres, Cattle Decapitation, and Enslaved casting shadows on the compositions.
Today the band partnered with Invisible Oranges to premiere single, As Warriors. You can listen to As Warriors below.
Invisible Oranges comments on the premiere of As Warriors:
“Samskaras write energetic death metal for bodily movement. Not only is this new EP moshworthy — as evidenced by basically all of “As Warriors” — it harbors enough technicality and variation to keep headphone listens (with knee-bopping of course) interesting. Samskaras forewent slams and primitive chugs in exchange for more embedded riffage; the EP often breaks off into tremolo-picked (and often darker mood-wise) sections which are nestled between chord-driven choruses. To wit, it’s as if Gorguts mated with Despised Icon to produce one gnarly offspring.”
‘Lithification’ Track Listing:
2. As Warriors
4. À Deux Mains
Eric Burnet – Vocals, Guitar, Bass (Unburnt, Derelict)
Alexandre Dupras – Drums (Teramobil, Unhuman)
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