Stream: Embrace The Dawn – The Effigist

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Continue your Thursday tech-binge with this exclusive premiere from international conglomerate Embrace The Dawn.

As you’ve no doubt already noticed from Dubya’s post earlier today, our resident Tech-Death extraordinaire – the venerable Spear, is off doing pointy things this week. Now I’m not gonna lie to you, when offered the chance to stream this upcoming album from a new proggy-tech-death band I checked out a few minutes of it, heard it was quality shit, hastily accepted the offer and pencilled it in to our calendar with the intent for Spear to cover it as only he can. Alas, it was not to be. So today you’re gonna have to make do with the music being the most impressive part of the post. Thankfully, Embrace The Dawn have no problem handling that duty.

Comprised of primary song-writer Ben Tinker (guitar, programming) from Australia, Roger Isaksen (vocals) of Norway, Denis Landry (bass) of Canada, and none other than Kevin Talley (drums) from the USA, the band is an international effort. A type of set-up we’re seeing more and more often these days, thanks to this dang-ol’ thing most of us take for granted, the innernet. It wasn’t that long ago that if you wanted to play in a band, you had to make do with using the only sound your drummer friend Dave could muster in any kind of consistent timing by using his regular bong hits as a kind of make-shift metronome. Well now you can just hook up with someone as talented as Kevin Talley (who you might know from Dååth, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Misery Index, Dying Fetus, Six Feet Under, or Chimaira‘s most memorable album) without leaving the house. Distance obviously has not had a negative effect on the album’s cohesion, as Ben’s obvious talent at song-crafting renders the record indistinguishable from that of a band that jams their songs together on the regular.

To my ears I hear similarities in their sound to U.K. act Sylosis, most notably in the flow of their riffs from legato-laced flings to the powerful minor chord chorus hooks (see “The Tide”). The tech-aspect of their sound is not especially prominent for the most part; however when it does surface I hear some Jarzombek-style note choices (à la Blotted Science), and some of the furious modern flair of Madrost (see “Singularity”). If you’re short on time and only have a chance to check one track, give one of those two a chance based on your personal predisposition(s).


The Effigist is out tomorrow, pick it up on Bandcamp. Find the band on their Site | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube.

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