Parasitic Skies "The Descent" CDPosted on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 @ 7:04am » permalink
Parasitic Skies is a vegan straightedge band from Seattle, and "The Descent" is their forthcoming full-length on Seventh Dagger Records. I had never heard the band prior to this, but I dig their take on various 90's "metalcore" influences. Musically they fuse fast-paced hardcore rhythms (given an in your face boost by the raw aggression of the recording) with some of those churning, H8000-esque tremolo picking riffs and a good dose of breakdowns; while the intense vocals have somewhat of a Catharsis meets death metal thing goin' on. They flirt with some pretty killer dissonant riffs (and well-placed samples) in instrumental tracks like "Nadir" and "The Descent" as well, and on occasion the texture of the recording gives certain facets of their approach a little bit of a sludgy kind of vibe that also hits the spot. Good stuff. Here's a little taste of what to expect:
…the whipping wind stings your eyes – black smoke and ash of man. Withered dissolving creation, all time asleep in the sand. Crippled before the circle, black blood drowns the dirt. The thunder in your throat chokes the words, and the end will crown the work. In the broken spaces behind iron doors, so are the deserts as the bloodstained floors. Pieced together to be torn apart, the secret step in a violent art. These are the last days – the final arc. This is the last time before it falls apart.
I believe the album's slated to officially hit the streets on May 10th, so it's only available as a pre-order package with a t-shirt and a back patch at the moment. A damn solid deal for $18, but if you just want the tunes, you should be able to order the disc by itself sometime next week.