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Montreal-based neoclassical tech death collective First Fragment is pleased to announce the band's first ever U.S. tour supporting Vale Of Pnath.
The month-long journey will commence on September 29th in Chicago, Illinois and run through October 26th in Denver, Colorado. Additional support will be provided by Virvum.
Comments guitarist/vocalist Phil Tougas, "Next September will mark the band's 10th anniversary and to celebrate, we will be touring in America for the very first time. We have come a very long way since then. We are very excited to embark on such a journey along with two of the most promising bands in the technical metal scene as this package is a must-see for every self-respecting fan of the genre. See you on the road!" More...
After dropping the "Illuminance" debut in 2016, Swiss tech death group Virvum is eager to keep the momentum going in 2017. With the group performing at multiple European music festivals this year so far, today a U.S. tour has also been announced to take place alongside Vale Of Pnath and First Fragment.
The tour kicks off on September 29th in Chicago, and runs through October 26th, ending in Denver, Colorado. Of particular note, the second date on the tour, Saturday, September 30th, will see the band performing as part of this year's Louisville Deathfest. Full upcoming dates are as follows: More...
With the recent release of debut album "Dasein" in May 2016, Montreal's neoclassical tech death collective First Fragment has caught the attention of many guitar fanatics worldwide. Combining '80s neoclassical metal, flamenco, and extreme metal influences, the music of First Fragment is a a bold, over-the-top monument of shred."
Today the band is pleased to unveil the first in a series of guitar playthrough videos featuring Phil Tougas. Check out "L'entité" below, and stay tuned for more clips to come.
Captured at Humanoise Studios with Mathieu Marcotte (Augury, Humanoid) and mixed by Hugues Deslauriers (Augury, Defilementory, Vengeful etc.), the eleven-track "Dasein" features guest appearances from current and former members of Spawn Of Possession, Obscura, Inferi, Augury, and Elderoth, as well as artwork by Sam Nelson (Incandescence, Wayfarer, Stoic Dissention). More...
Multi-national band Punished premieres the title track from the upcoming debut EP "The Absent", which was reamped and mixed by Ryan Harvey. It will be released by the band on July 29 through Bandcamp. The band’s line-up includes former Ulcerate vocalist Ben Read as well as Serocs guitarist Antonio Freyre, plus guitarist/bassist Aldo Mora and drummer Ignacio Rizo. In addition, the EP includes guest vocals by Josh Smith (Serocs), Antti Boman (Demilich) and Phil Tougas (First Fragment).
Check out now "The Absent" below.
Quebec based technical death metal unit First Fragment premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming debut full-length "Dasein", which will be out in stores May 20 via Unique Leader Records.
Check out now "Dasein" in its entirety below.
"Dasein," the debut full-length from Canadian neoclassical-influenced tech death unit First Fragment, is set for release on May 20th via Unique Leader Records.
Captured at Humanoise Studios with Mathieu Marcotte (Augury, Humanoid) and mixed by Hugues Deslauriers (Augury, Defilementory, Vengeful etc.), the eleven-track offering features guest appearances from current and former members of Spawn Of Possession, Obscura, Inferi, Augury, and Elderoth, as well as artwork by Sam Nelson (Incandescence, Wayfarer, Stoic Dissention).
In advance of its release, you can hear fourth movement "Émergence." Elaborates guitarist/vocalist Phil Tougas: "This track is extremely old [2008-2009]. Almost all of the songs on the album are either entirely written by myself or [guitarist] Gabriel Brault-Pilon, but this one was written as a full collaborative effort, hence the ridiculous amount of counterpoint in both guitar parts and basslines.
"It is not as neoclassically-influenced in the progressions and phrasing as the other tracks since the melodies present here channel a different atmosphere, but it is just as varied and relentless, and it is probably the most diverse track on the album when it comes to the vocals. Our signature high-pitched riffing style that we've had since 2007 is present throughout the whole song but we've added a lot of twists and turns that you wouldn't find in any other of our songs." More...
"Dasein" is the forthcoming debut full-length from Canadian neoclassical-influenced tech death unit, First Fragment. In advance of its release, today you can hear first single "Le Serment De Tsion" - check it out below.
Set for release on May 20th via Unique Leader Records, the eleven-track "Dasein" boasts a fierce mix of over-the-top drum tirades, complex neoclassical-influenced guitar work, endless solos, Flamenco and clean guitar passages, proggy death metal bass work and a varied dual vocal approach.
"Dasein" was captured at Humanoise Studios with Mathieu Marcotte (Augury, Humanoid), mixed by Hugues Deslauriers (Augury, Defilementory, Vengeful etc.), and features guest appearances from current and former members of Spawn Of Possession, Obscura, Inferi, Augury, and Elderoth, as well as artwork by Sam Nelson (Incandescence, Wayfarer, Stoic Dissention). More...
Canadian neoclassical-influenced technical death metal unit First Fragment will release debut full-length, "Dasein," on May 20th via Unique Leader Records.
Captured at Humanoise Studios with Mathieu Marcotte (Augury, Humanoid) and mixed by Hugues Deslauriers (Augury, Defilementory, Vengeful etc.), the eleven track long player features guest appearances from current and former members of Spawn Of Possession, Obscura, Augury, Inferi, and Elderoth. The "Dasein" artwork was crafted by Sam Nelson (Incandescence, Wayfarer, Stoic Dissention).
Relays First Fragment guitarist/vocalist Phil Tougas: "While a lot of the material on this record dates back to between six and eleven years, it is still very fresh sounding. It's an unrelenting and over-the-top album, yet at the same time most of it remains catchy enough to stick in your head. Dasein should satisfy most people into the newer wave of extreme technical metal, but the exaggerated amount neoclassical metal/flamenco influences and non-stop guitar/bass soloing alone should please power metal fans as well."
1. Le Serment De Tsion
5. Mordêtre Et Dénaissance
6. Prélude En Sol Dièse Mineur
9. Voracité (Apothéose, Partie 1)
10. Psychan (Apothéose, Partie 2)
11. Evhron More...
The Québécois technical death metal strategists in First Fragment are pleased to join the brutal ranks of Unique Leader Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled debut full-length, set for unveiling in 2015. Comments First Fragment in a collective statement:
"We are very pleased to announce that we have officially signed a record deal with California-based label Unique Leader. Since they have produced and released countless albums from bands we've been listening to for years, it is very exciting for us to now be a part of the Unique Leader family.
"We are also very proud to be the first technical death metal band from Quebec to release an album through an American label that is entirely sung and written in French. We will be representing the nation of Québec by spreading our own brand of extreme francophone metal through one of the most noteworthy record labels in the death metal scene. We are extremely honored that Unique Leader has given us this incredible opportunity." More...
Power metal act Elderoth has posted a new song online titled "Cursed," which can be heard below. Philippe "Pat' Tougas of First Fragment also commented on contributing a guest spot for the song:
"This is Elderoth, my friend's power metal band. I recorded a guest solo in the song at 1:45 and another one at 1:45 in this other song 'Forgotten.' Also, check out his amazing solo at the end of the second song. Collin McGee is one of the most talented young shredders in the montreal scene.
"I went with a Tony MacAlpine-esque approach for the tremolo bar use, it should give you a good idea of how our solos will sound on the upcoming FF material." More...
Nihiliste Booking and WTFMetalMusic have teamed up to release a Quebec metal compilation titled "Lys Apocalypse." You can stream or download the compilation either through the player below or at the Nihiliste Booking Bandcamp page. The track listing is as follows:
1. Beyond Creation - Coexistence
2. Pronostic - Deviated Inner Spectrum
3. First Fragment - Paradoxal Subjugation
4. Mécanique Du Vertige - Miami Vice
5. Deathlehem - Epic of Creation
6. Valfreya - Ocean's Assault
7. A Cascade Dream - Center of the Earth
8. Gloria Victis - A love War
9. Obscurcis Romancia - Seasons of Infinite Sorrow
10. Sanguine Glacialis - Into the Heart of Chaos
11. Paretic Dementia - Polite Execution
12. Karkaos - Awaiting the Clock's Last Turn
13. Aenygmist - Held in Poisoned Hands
14. Pallor Mortis - Of Wrath and Sinuous Slaying
15. Tunguska Mammoth - Dark Age
16. Strigampire - The Enemy Inside
17. Valknacht - Valkyries Still Ride
18. Ancestors Revenge - The Rash that Spread
19. Morgue - Heights of Babel
20. Who Cares? - Victory
21. Deadly Revenge - Vengeance
22. Soiled By Blood - Kill Them All
23. Upon Your Grave - Haunting Of The Beast
24. Away from Fate - Party In A Row
25. A Hitman's Business - Seeking Revenge
26. Price of Blood - Grind & Dust More...
First Fragment has posted a video clip online of the band performing the new song "Tsion's Oath," which can be viewed below. The group commented:
"NEW SONG! That was the first time we ever played it live so there were a few fuck-ups and I butchered the solo but it's tight enough and the quality is amazing so check it out. We're gonna play that one plus another new song on March 30. Huge thanks to Mat Paré & Bookaking productions."
Canadian act First Fragment has issued the following update about working on material for the band's upcoming debut full-length album:
"If you want to support us, we have logo shirts for sale in limited quantities. You can order one here. They ship everywhere by the way!
"Thank you for your support. We are also almost finished writing our first full-length album. More updates to come."
You can also check out the First Fragment tracks "Paradoxal Subjugation," "Ordnance," and "Obsolete Ascendency" by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.