The Tech Death gods from ARCHSPIRE have just finished the recordings of their 4th studio album which will be released in 2021 via Season of Mist. The recordings again took place at the Flatline Audio Studio in Denver, Colorado by studio engineer Dave Otero. The new offering will be the follow up of the 2017 masterpiece Relentless Mutation.
ARCHSPIRE comments: “WE DID IT! We completed our 6 week sentence in Music Prison (FLATLINE AUDIO Studios in Colorado) with Tech Support Professional DAVE OTERO at the helm! We went with Dave once again as a follow-up to our 2017 release: RELENTLESS MUTATION, where our deep love for him was first kindled. This album is a product of roughly two and a half years of writing, and we truly feel it’s the most solid material we’ve ever created. This album is very fast, so please enjoy responsibly. Stay Tech!”
ARCHSPIRE previously announced new European tour dates for November/December 2021. The Canadian tech maniacs are blasting through 12 cities at 350 bpm and a full list of confirmed shows can be viewed below.
The band comments on the tour: “EUROPE!!! We’re coming back!!! Our last Euro tour was such an amazing success, we decided you guys want more TECH! So we’re teaming up with RIVERS OF NIHIL to bring you the FACES OF DEATH TOUR 2021!!! Alongside us, we’ll be hanging out with Allegaeon, Black Crown Initiate, and To The Grave!!! We just can’t wait to get back across the Atlantic to visit our favorite places, and hangout with you wonderful people! Europe is Oliver’s favorite country, so he’s especially excited! Stay Tech!”
Faces Of Death
+ RIVERS OF NIHIL + ALLEGAEON + BLACK CROWN INITIATE + TO THE GRAVE
12/11/2021 Matrix, Bochum (DE)
13/11/2021 Backstage Halle, Munich (DE)
14/11/2021 Slaughter Club, Milan (IT)
15/11/2021 KiFF, Aarau (CH)
16/11/2021 Die Stadtmitte, Karlsruhe (DE)
17/11/2021 Viper Room, Vienna (AT)
18/11/2021 Dürer Kert, Budapest (HU)
19/11/2021 Puschkin, Dresden (DE)
20/11/2021 Nova Chmelnice, Prague (CZ)
21/11/2021 U Bazyla Poznan (PL)
22/11/2021 Béi Chéz Heinz Hannover (DE)
23/11/2021 Hole44 Berlin (DE)
24/11/2021 Stengade Copenhagen (DK)
25/11/2021 Logo Hamburg (DE)
26/11/2021 De Klinker Club Aarschot (BE)
27/11/2021 O2 Academy Islington London (UK)
28/11/2021 Mama Roux’s Birmingham (UK)
29/11/2021 Cathouse Glasgow (UK)
30/11/2021 Thekla Bristol (UK)
01/12/2021 Rebellion Manchester (UK)
02/12/2021 The Loft Southampton (UK)
03/12/2021 Gibus Paris (FR)
04/12/2021 Doornroosje Nijmegen (NL)
Relentless Mutation track list
- Involuntary Doppelgänger (3:46)
- Human Murmuration (4:13)
- Remote Tumour Seeker (4:01)
- Relentless Mutation (4:35)
- The Mimic Well (4:05)
- Calamus Will Animate (3:50)
- A Dark Horizontal (6:10)
Welcome to first class technical death metal madness. Machinegun vocals rattle remorselessly over a furious flurry of arpeggios, scales, and everything else that the two string wizards of ARCHSPIRE can pick at break-finger speed out their guitars. If this sounds hardly human at the level of technical execution, the Gatling-style hyper-drumming pushing these monstrous compositions forward is adding to the alien impression. It cannot even be a question that the Canadians have outdone themselves with their third full-length, Relentless Mutation.
This album is simply insane in a most excellent way. The level of musicianship that ARCHSPIRE offer, will leave even tech death fans drooling. Yet the outfit from Vancouver in British Columbia is bringing an important extra to the table, the rare ability to write great songs. Relentless Mutation is not just another compilation of outstanding musicianship, but the songs come with recognisable patterns that make sense in the greater conceptual framework of the album. And a clever use of contrasts leaves moments of clarity for the listener to take a breath and get ready for the next assault.
ARCHSPIRE exploded onto the scene in the year 2009 – after an earlier prelude under the moniker DEFENESTRATED. The band grew out of the rich Canadian scene for technical extremes that includes illustrious names such as GORGUTS or BEYOND CREATION. Yet ARCHSPIRE set out to take the sound to the next level from the start as their debut album All Shall Align (2011) made clear, which immediately received critical comparison with the scene’s spearheads like OBSCURA.
The band developed a lyrical concept revolving around a dystopian science fiction universe, which was expanded on their sophomore full-length, The Lucid Collective (2014) that witnessed ARCHSPIRE gaining widespread international recognition as one of the hottest names within the tech death community and beyond.
With Relentless Mutation, the Canadians are pushing the limits of their genre even further than before on all levels. ARCHSPIRE come crushing like a whirlwind to free ears and minds from pre-conceived notions about technical death metal. Time to leave your shelter and face the tempest. This is the future.
The cover of Relentless Mutation has been painted by renowned artist Eliran Kantor already well-known in the metal world for his works for TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, and HATE ETERNAL among others.
Dean Lamb: guitar
Spencer Prewett: drums
Oliver Rae Aleron: vocals
Tobi Morelli: guitar
Jared Smith: bass