Recently re-emerged technical death metal outfit ABIOTIC are back with their third full-length, Ikigai. Set for release on Friday, February 12th, 2021 via The Artisan Era.
While going on hiatus does not necessarily mean a group’s best days are behind them, often this rings true, yet Abiotic eagerly buck that trend with their finest effort yet on Ikigai. Ikigai is strongly recommended for fans of The Faceless, Gojira, The Black Dahlia Murder, Job For a Cowboy, and Rivers of Nihil. Abiotic states, “We also leaned on some classical and eastern style instrumentation, along with some progressive and jazzy elements.”
Ikigai also boasts numerous killer guest spots from musicians such as Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder), Chaney Crabb (Entheos), Brandon Ellis (The Black Dahlia Murder), Scott Carstairs (Fallujah), Jared Smith (Archspire), and Jonathan Carpenter (ex-The Contortionist). Abiotic have dug deep and hit a new apex and the end result of their evolution is astounding on Ikigai.
The band partnered with No Clean Singing to premiere “Smoldered” featuring a guest spot from Entheos vocalist Chaney Crabb.
No Clean Singing comments
“Smoldered” may be the song’s name, but it blazes. With the exception of a sudden and surprising instrumental interlude that’s musing and seductive, the band unleashes a full-throttle, adrenaline-fueled thrill-ride, one that’s packed with hairpin twists and turns. While the vocals are unrelentingly ferocious (and barked at a speed that manages to keep pace with all the instrumental extravagance), the band deliver an experience that’s not merely technically eye-popping but also emotionally gripping, mentally engaging, and vigorously bone-smashing.”
Pre-orders for Abiotic – Ikigai are now live
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Abiotic – Ikigai Line-Up
Travis Bartosek – Vocals (ex-Vale of Pnath live)
John Matos – Guitar
Matt Mendez – Guitar
Killian Duarte – Bass (Scale the Summit, ex-Felix Martin)
Tony Lusk-Simone – Drums, Backup Vocals (Pathogenic, Mimesis)