Just a quick dump of awesome here today. As an operator of a Metal blog, I find that my name is on the mail list of a whole load of different labels and PR agencies. Consequently the amount of news messages poppin’ into my mailbox on a daily basis is quite huge, to use an understatement. Usually I open them, check for one prerequisite that’s usually missing and then disregard them. What’s the prerequisite? There has to be a link to a video! I’m not copying prefab news statements, but need something to talk about. Logical second requirement then is that the video tickles my long John and with this one that has definitely been the case! More than definitely.
The news message that was sent to me in the first place already hinted at this being good shit. It said: ”Betraeus to support Xerath and Scar Symmetry in the UK”. Hadn’t heard of Betraeus yet, but Xerath and Scar Symmetry are a couple of big names and high quality bands and I didn’t figure they would hire the first bunch of loose guns to come and play their show opener. Looked into things a bit further and it turns out these guys are definitely a rising act in the UK Metal scene and this is probably just one of their first steps.
I’m quite positive about this because the Manchester-based band, after forming in 2009, has only just released its first effort ever last year: a six-song EP called Towards the Sun. Two of those songs are live recordings and one is actually a duplicate of the opening track but ”edited”, but that still leaves five original songs. To then move into a position where you get to play with bands such as Xerath and Scar Symmetry just has to mean they’re doing something right.
And judging by their EP’s title track, they most definitely are! To me that is some hot shit right there. This is quality and originality that I cannot even begin to describe how awesome the mix of Progressive, Atmospheric and (Melodic) Death Metal is. So I won’t and instead leave you to discover this stuff by yourself. Some good advice: make sure you crank up that music playing apparatus of yours!
Betraeus operate an official Facebook page at this location. Move your digital ass in that direction to give ‘em some love and for a load of intel on the group.