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.
Samskaras – 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 Toilet Ov Hell to premiere “Reconciliation”, the third single to air from Lithification thus far.
You can listen to Samskaras – “Reconciliation” HERE:
*You can also listen to single #2 Samskaras – “Alignment”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvITmcEoQ_w&feature=youtu.be/.
*You can also listen to single #1, Samskaras – “As Warriors” HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=LrjXuFjKRNc/.
“Musically speaking, fans of the band’s previous EP will notice a big change in direction. While the core of introspective, melodic tech death is still intact, Lithification draws influence from all over the metal world. You’ll hear traces of black metal and doom throughout “Reconciliation,” as well as the integration of some Travis Ryan-style goblin vocals. It’s easy to get lost the bleak soundscape in as you absorb and process each of its individual components, but it doesn’t skimp on the virtuosity either. Burnet and drummer Alexandre Dupras (of Teramobil and Unhuman notoriety) are an impressive pair of musicians..”