Samskaras are from the country known for their technical death metal bands, Canada. The duo that makes Samskaras are now newcomers to the techdeath scene as Samskaras consists of Eric Burnet (Derelict, Unburnt) and Alexandre Dupras (Teramobil, Unhuman). Since the launch in 2014 the duo have released two singles, both which were well received, and now in 2017 they are finally ready to release their first EP, Asunder. Drawing influences from heavy extreme bands with varied syles such as Gorguts, Cryptopsy, The Faceless, Nile and Enslaved you are in for quite a ride.
Straight from the start you are also hit with a wave of thundering riffs and hammering drums with the opener Fuelscape. The hissing growls together with the aggressive deep ones make perfect harmony and when the cleans come in you can definitely get a feel of The Faceless. The follow-up Solar start out more progressive while fast changing to techdeath tempo a la Nile, the aggressive vocals also has a lot in common with the sound of Nile’s Karl Sanders.
Separate is probably my favorite song on the album since it shows the most variety from Samskaras and it’s just a great mix of the different styles they take influences from. That together with some very well-written lyrics makes this a perfect example of what Samskaras brings to the table. The song that ends the album Conquerer is the most trashy and “straight to the point” metal track on the album and it’s the perfect ending for Asunder to go out with a (head)bang.
Do yourself a favour and listen to Samskaras debut EP Asunder when it’s out as a pay-what-you-want option digital download through Bandcamp on Friday, January 20th.