London based metallers KARYBDIS have announced they will release their highly anticipated sophomore album 'Samsara' on February 19th 2016 and it’s shaping up to be something quite special.
Modern metal needs new heroes. As it becomes harder to spot diamonds twinkling in a murky, generic swamp of mimics and copycats, bands with the power, intelligence and style to drag the genre forward are more precious than ever. London’s Karybdis have long had something special about them: that hard-to-define essence of something better, something beyond.
Formed in 2009, Karybdis grabbed the attention of the metal world with their debut album From The Depths. Released in 2012, it was a tour-de-force of ruthlessly contemporary but defiantly non-conformist extreme metal that embraced everything from the howling harmonies of the Gothenburg set to the brutish clatter of deep, dark hardcore.
Samsara is an explosive and often celebratory collection of songs that spark and fizz with renewed urgency and an emboldened sense of purpose. From the jaw-shattering melo-death grandeur ofRorschach and the kaleidoscopic tech-metal of Constellations through to the brooding grind ofMermaids and the devastating denouement of Absence, Samsara showcases a band at the height of their powers, with an abundance of inspiration and impeccable technical chops. No wonder they attracted the attention of one of metal’s pre-eminent studio gurus.
“We sent Mark Lewis (AudioHammer Studios) a speculative demo in early 2014 in the hope he might be interested in working with us and to our delight he got straight back to us saying that he was!” bass player Jay Gladwin recalls. “Mark has produced and engineered some of our favourite modern metal records and always gets an organic but still extremely aggressive sound on everything he works on. It's far from the often sterile digital sounding production found on a lot of modern metal records. That also echoes the approach we took to this album… We've not tuned down, we still play six string guitars, we've not started djenting or stuck in loads more beatdowns. Our plan was to write an album of great songs on our terms and that's what we feel we've accomplished.”
With a single on the way and a new video to follow shortly it's going to be a busy few months for Karybdis. Samsara is released on February 19th 2016.
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Samsara Track Listing:
7) Summon the Tides