One of Ontario’s finest progressive metal acts, Becomes Astral, are hot off the press with some brand new tuneage. Formed in the later part of 2013, the band released their debut EP The Mind, before writing and recording their newest album Paleblood Sky, which was released literally a few days ago. If you’re a fan of thick guitar riffs, crazy long songs, and the outdoors, these dudes might be your new favorite band. And if you like album covers with floating gorgon-jellyfish-amoeba monsters descending down upon you, you’re in luck (you also have very specific tastes). To top it all off, Becomes Astral have also decided to grace us with a killer guitar playthrough from the title track!
In this playthrough, guitarists Layne and Jamie shred through 5 minutes of sheer insanity, technical prowess, and groove. The song has thrashy riffs, tech metal shredding, and loads of shrieking vocals from frontman Cam Sharer, and definitely demonstrates the band’s ability to keep a song pushing forward through riff after riff. What really caught our ears was the band’s wide variety of sounds they managed to include on this track. There’s pretty much something for every metalhead here, from the blast-beat sections in the beginning to the groove-oriented melodies towards the back half of the tune. In a similar vein to bands like Between the Buried and Me, Becomes Astral keeps listeners guessing with every note. And did we also mention they snuck a quote from Dark Souls 3 into one of their songs? You might be able to guess which one.
In addition to this killer playthrough, the band just released their first music video for the song “The Glass Lake” via Decibel Magazine, which you can peep at here. Some serious shreds are ahead of you.
The band is currently finishing up the second leg of their Canadian tour with bands Into Eternity and Eye of Horus. All the dates can be found below, so check the area nearest you for tickets. You can stream/buy Paleblood Sky from the band’s Bandcamp, and keep up to date with the rest of their astral shenanigans via their various social medias (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube).
Wednesday, August 30th – Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre
Thursday, August 31st – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Friday, September 1st – Saskatoon, SK @ Vangeli’s Tavern
Saturday, September 2nd – Edmonton, AB @ Industry House
Sunday, September 3rd – Grand Prairie, AB @ Better Than Fred’s
Wednesday, September 6th – Kelowna, BC @ Munnin’s Post
Thursday, September 7th – Vancouver, BC @ The Red Room
Friday, September 8th – Calgary, AB @ Distortion
Saturday, September 9th – Red Deer, AB @ International Beer Haus