ABIOTIC Announce "The Cast Into Depths of Desperation Tour" with Boris the Blade.
ABIOTIC are set to release their new album "Casuistry April 21st on Metal Blade Records. In support of the album, the band will be hitting the road starting this April for an extensive North American tour. ABIOTIC is heading out alongside Boris the Blade, Alterbeast and more. The tour kicks off April 12th and wraps up May 8th in San Francisco, CA. In addition to the dates with Boris the Blade, ABIOTIC will play select headline dates leading up to the start of the tour and an additional headline date on the way back home. A complete list of dates can be found below.
The first song from "Casuistry" entitled 'Cast into the Depths'which features Dying Fetus front man John Gallagher on guest vocals.
ABIOTIC signed to Metal Blade Records and released their debut album, "Symbiosis," which was followed by regional and national touring. Reviews for the album were predominantly positive - Terrorizer Magazine called the record "a monstrously ferocious first full-length" and Decibel Magazineclaimed that ABIOTIC "could eventually help propel some kind of post-djent prog bandwagon." The promotional cycle for "Symbiosis" concluded with a support tour with Dying Fetus and Exhumed. By the end of 2014, ABIOTIChad re-tooled their line up by adding vocalist Travis Bartosek and drummer Brent Phillips.
In the late summer of 2014, ABIOTIC ventured to Basement Recordings with acclaimed producer Jamie King. The collaboration would prove fruitful. Guitarist John Matos elaborates: "Working with Jamie was unlike any other studio experience we've had before. Tracking with someone who's produced bands like Between the Buried and Me, Wretched, and The Contortionist put our minds at ease and allowed us to put total trust in Jamie to achieve the sound we were looking for. It made the experience so comfortable and relaxed that we were really able to explore and create without boundaries. I think that's something that can be felt with this record."
The addition of Brent Phillips and Travis Bartosek were particularly influential on the recording process. Phillip's drumming allowed for the band to spend more time exploring tones and sounds than ever before. He brought a renewed sense of groove and feel to the process, along with being the fastest drummer the band has played with to date. Vocally, fans will notice the largest change here. Bartosek took over lyric writing duties and topics range from suicide, Middle East conflict, religion, and a bit of misanthropy. An additional note on vocals - John Gallagher of Dying Fetus can be heard lending his trademark sounds on "Cast Into the Depths."
An ABIOTIC record would not be complete without space-y leads and the bands brand of breakdowns. Leads were a major focus for the album. Seven of the nine tracks contain guitar solos from both John Matos and Matt Mendez. And, of course, Alex Vasquez's bass flourishes can be heard throughout. There's even a drum solo on "Molecular Rematerialization." And, as an added challenge for the band to learn to play live, guitarist Paul Waggoner from Between the Buried and Me offered a solo of his own on "Absence of Purity." It's all of these elements, flourishes, and individual musical muscle-flexing that gives ABIOTIC their trademark sound.
ABIOTIC Headline Dates:
4/9: Houston, TX @ Walters
4/10: Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room - Texas Independent Fest*
4/11: San Angelo, TX @ Yays
*Denotes Festival Appearance
ABIOTIC w/ Boris the Blade, Alterbeast, Reaping, Asmodeia
4/12: Shreveport, LA @ Hotshots
4/13: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room w/Vital Remains & Vale of Pnath
4/15: Memphis, TN @ High Tone Records
4/16: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/17: Kenilworth, NJ @ 10th Street Live
4/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Coco 66
4/20: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
4/21: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
4/22: Detroit, MI @ The Ritz
4/23: Danville, IL @ Vintage Villains
4/24: Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
4/25: Lacrosse, WI @ Warehouse
4/26: Milwaukee, WI @ Metal Grill
4/27: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
ABIOTIC w/Boris the Blade, Alterbeast
4/28: Denver, CO @ The Skatuary
4/29: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
4/30: Pocatello, ID @ Green T
ABIOTIC w/Boris the Blade, Alterbeast, Lord of War
5/2: Spokane, WA @ The Pin
5/3: Salem, OR @ Duffy's Hangar
5/5: San Jose, CA @ The Rockbar
5/6: Upland, CA @ The Grizzly Den
5/7: Camarillo, CA @ Rock City Studios
5/8: San Diego, CA @ Soma
ABIOTIC Headline Date:
5/9: Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
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