Chimp Spanner ‘Dark Age of Technology’ playthrough

Chimp Spanner

Nothing we love more here at Post-Blog as F**K! than videos of musicians totally ripping it up. With that in mind, stumbling across this recent video of Chimp Spanner main man Paul Ortiz causally playing through the spectacular ‘ Dark Age of Technology’  has a fine start to our afternoon. Check it out below.

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 C.McMillan 

First ever UK Tech-Fest annouces dates and line up!

Promotional poster for UK Tech-Fest

That this has come to pass is pretty inspiring. Had you asked me 5 years ago when I first sound Sikth if the UK would have its own festival dedicated to progressive and technical metal in their vein I’d have said you were a foolish dreamer.  Thankfully however, there is no greater breeding ground for foolish dreamers than the internet and as a result in 2012 the first UK Tech Metal festival is go! More specifically its go at the 13th, 14th and 15th July at the Lounge Bar Alton.

This magnificent idea has been brought to you by those lovely lads over at The English Djentleman’s Quarters  and The League of Extraordinary Djentlemen.  The line up for the event is pretty great so far, with some real heavy hitters including a good chunk of Basick Records awesome roster such as Monuments, Uneven Structure, The Algorithm and Chimp Spanner.I’d happily go just to catch those bands never mind the number of unsung gems I’m likely to discover when I make my way down there in the summer to catch the event.

If you’re interested in applying for the event e-mail english-djentlemen@hotmail.co.uk for more info.

C.McMillan

Basick Records Showcase @ London Barfly

Basick Records

It’ll come as no shock for those of you who visit here on a regular basis to read that I am a bit of a fan of Basick Records.  I think they’re cutting edge approach to the industry, sense of integrity and the sheer quality of their catalog make them a shining beacon so far as independent labels go. Not that I needed any affirmation of this stance, but last Monday in London certainly provided it as I was lucky enough to attend the label’s showcase as part of the HMV Next Big Thing Festival. It says a lot that this label were able to throw a showcase as part of the HMV Next Big Thing Festival with a set that featured two instrumental bands, one sans guitars entirely and two of them from France. I wouldn’t bank on EMI or Universal doing that anytime soon would you? Although I’m certain both those labels showcases would have more girls. Which would be nice.

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Chimp Spanner ‘All Roads Lead Here’

Chimp Spanner 'All Roads Lead Here'

Produced & mixed by Paul Antonio Ortiz

1. Dark Age of Technology, 2.Engrams, 3.Mobius pt1.,
4. Mobius pt2., 5. Mobius pt3., 6.  Cloud City 

Paul Antonio Ortiz – Instrumentation

By this point in the game most of us are aware of what to expect from Chimp Spanner: progressive ideas, down tuned groove, cheesy synths and a whole load of Van Halen-esque leads. That’s exactly what we get here on ‘All Roads Lead Here’, although in a slightly darker shade than previous outing ‘At The Dreams Edge’. ‘All Roads Lead Here’ is more cinematic in the grandiose sense of the word than it is cinematic in the sense of ‘Top Gun’.

In particular the three-part epic ‘Mobius’ almost seethes with a darker edge compared to previous Chimp Spanner material, the aggressive bouts of double bass drumming and crushing riffs that lead ‘Mobius pt 2′ in particular are almost out-of-place in a Chimp Spanner record, despite the association with the djent scene that Chimp Spanner enjoys, the band’s music is hardly Meshuggah. These more aggressive tendencies serve to highlight just how strong the sense of dynamics and melody is throughout the rest of the EP. Every song seems more, for want of a better word, cohesive as a whole in itself, as well as part of the release. ‘Engrams’ for example is a less than 2 minute melodic interlude, a type of track that on many releases doesn’t work outside the release as whole, but surprisingly its a track I can easily see myself revisiting out with the boundaries of the EP. In the digital age to find any artist capable of producing a cohesive piece of work is no mean feat, in much of the modern metal scene it’s almost unheard of, and for this Ortiz deserves nothing but praise. Depth is the word that comes into mind when describing this EP in terms of dynamics, instrumentation and emotional impact. That last one is perhaps the most important as emotional impact is not something I instantly associate with instrumental metal albums.

What else strikes me about the EP is how well it will translate live, hopefully when I catch the band this evening I’m not forced to eat my words. Each track posses its own monstrous groove, multiple dynamics and only one runs over 5 minutes. That and Ortiz is a seemingly a natural talent for writing guitar lines that demand immediate air guitaring. Even from a non- guitarist like myself. These are all surely ingredients of inevitable success. Certainly if there’s any justice in the world they will be anyway.

‘All Roads Lead Here’ is available now via Basick Records in a variety of formats including CD Digipack, Digital download and limited edition Vinyl featuring exclusive remixes of ‘Supererogation’ from the ‘At The Dreams Edge’ release.  Simply click here to be taken to the wealth of options available.

C.McMillan

Chimp Spanner live set from Russia in full HD!

Chimp Spanner live

Here’s a sweet wee find for all you Chimp enthusiasts out there. When I logged onto Youtube today I noticed that those lovely folks over at Basick Records had liked a video, and said video was a full live set from the instrumental metal 80′s movie soundtrack we call Chimp Spanner from their recent trip to Russia.

The video looks great but more importantly, it sounds just as good. If they’re going to be as good as this, which they are, when I catch them in London at the Basick Records showcase as part of the HMV Next Big Thing Festival then all of us going to that show are in for a real treat. As if seeing the Algorithm and Uneven Structure wasn’t enough of a treat.

I’ve embeded the video after the jump. Make the most of it and check out Chimp Spanner and some other great Basick artists on their FREE sampler here.

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Uneven Structure rebuild foundations with new drummer (See what we did there? )

Uneven Structure rehearsing with now former drummer Schreil

Ever rising progressive metal starlets Uneven Structure have somewhat unexpectedly parted ways with drummer Christian Schreil. The split seems entirely amicable and is simply due to Schreil’s desire to pursue other passions in his life which is entirely fair enough. As far as reasons for leaving a band, or any kind of artistic endeavor, I’d say that it ranks among the best.

Here’s his statement about his departure:

‘It is to my greatest sadness that I have to tell all of you that Uneven Structure and I are going to go separate ways. 
This is not happening as a result of bad cooperation or anything like that, ’tis simply a matter of me not being able to put all my heart and soul into what I’m doing as part of my contribution to the band.
With this being said, I have great confidence in the future of Uneven Structure and I strongly believe that these guys will take everything we’ve been building together for these past fourteen months to a completely different level.
I’ve been fortunate enough to take part in an amazing journey with the process of finishing
‘Februus, and that is something that I forever will be grateful for.
I would also like to welcome the new drummer, 
Jean Ferry, to the band!
He is an absolutely phenomenal drummer! If my words aren’t convincing enough, wait till you catch him live at the 
BASICK Party and the PROTEST THE HERO tour and you’ll see what I mean!
Best thall’s -
 Christian ‘

New sticks man Jean Ferry played his first shows with the band on their recent trip to Russia in support of fellow Basick Records artist Chimp Spanner. Having seen the original line up of Uneven Structure tear up the Cathouse, I’m excited to see how they sound with their latest addition when I catch them at the Basick Records showcase in February. I’m sure they’ll hit the ground running and continue to build on the critical acclaim they received in spades, and rightly so, since the release of ‘Februus’.

C.McMillan 

Basick Records announces partnership with Prosthetic & Red For North American Distribution

A Sample of some of the great work Basick do

This awesome news indeed and I couldn’t be happier to read it and then write about it. What I believe to be the best underground independent label currently operating in the UK, Basick Records, have just announced a massive deal with their new US partners at Prosthetic Records and Sony’s RED Distribution. The idea that the great artists from Basick will now have the support of a label as succesful as Prosthetic and the help of Sony in the distribution stakes is nothing short of heart warming.

Here’s what Basick founder Nathan Phillips had to say on the deal:

“There’s so much synergy and mutual respect between BASICK and PROSTHETIC, that when the opportunity arose to partner up and launch the label fully in the USA, we just knew that we had to make it happen.
This deal enables us to offer our bands and releases a fully dedicated U.S. staff throughout their touring and retail cycles, as well as providing us with the perfect opportunity to sign some more US bands and to also bring some of our European talent to American shores!”

The first Basick artist to reap the benefits of this new deal will be the rather spectacular Chimp Spanner when their new EP ‘All Roads Lead Here’ hits the shelves in North America and Canada on February 14th 2012.

Basick have also launched a fancy new website which looks pretty sexy. Check it out by clicking here or on their wee picture in our ‘friends and lovers’ side bar.

C.McMillan 

Basick 2012 FREE Sampler Review

Editorial – Chris Morton is a man with an unhealthy taste for both pirate and folk metal. He’s the kind of guy who wears Turisas t-shirts on a Saturday night. But don’t let that fool you, he is also a man of high intellect and a font of musical knowledge and experience. However, he has never been well acquainted with the wonderful artists that frequent the Basick Records roster. That being the case I sent Chris the bandcamp link to their 2012 FREE sampler and here’s what he had to say. 

1. CHIMP SPANNER – ‘Dark Age Of Technology’: It’s like Lamb Of God humped Satriani and Vai and this is the awesome unholy offspring.

2. CIRCLES – ‘Act III’: The kick in to this song kicked my ass. Though the rest of the song doesn’t really return to that initial kick in, it’s a good track showcasing the abilities of the band which is useful on a sampler.

3. MONUMENTS – ‘The Uncollective’ (Instrumental): There’s not much I can say about this one, the riff is solid, and with the melodic guitar line backing it up it’s a good wee tune, the mood change keeps your attention throughout.

4. SKYHARBOR – ‘Celestial’ (edit): With “Sky” and “Celestial” I was half expecting this to be power metal, though once it started I realised this wasn’t the case. Stand out for me on this track was the guitar, it has a tasty riff backing it all up. The song leaves you wanting to hear the full track opposed to just the edit which is a good way to attract some people over to listen to the full album.

Views on tracks 5-12 after the jump

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