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Technical Death Metal from “Day One”

I can count the number of Technical Death Metal shows that I have attended on one hand. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Death Metal. However, when you through in those impossible to follow breakdowns and play at tempos/beats that require a high powered calculator in order to understand what the hell it is you’re listening to, I tend to lose interest. I dreaded having to stumble into 3rd period and I’m not trying to suffer flashbacks every time I plug in as a means to relax. It’s just not my thing. With that being said, you can imagine the look of udder bewilderment on my face when I came across some Tech-Death that not only slays every sacrificial virgin withing a fifty mile radius of my speakers, but also makes sense as well.



Day One is a four piece coming from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. How the hell they manage to pull off the tenacious and impeccable sound they do is a question that will most likely be answered right after scientist find out definitively whether or not we are alone in the universe. Guitarist Jay Nerada is an absolute master of his craft and it is clear that the music is structured around his madman approach to composition. Following closely behind him in skill level is Marty Leibel on drums. Matching the sonic perfection of Jay every step of the way is not easy but with his constantly running legs he pulls it off wonderfully and with grace. While musically Day One take the Tech-Death cake, the real Picasso here is vocalist, Cayle Charlton. This genre has a tendency to favor low frequency vocals that make enjoyment and understanding some sort of luxury and with Cayle, its the complete opposite. Not only can you understand word for word what is being said without the need of a lyric video, the guy has one of the greatest screams I or anyone else here at TMF has heard in some time. With him wielding the mic, Day One have quickly molded themselves into the Canadian version of Arch Enemy.

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If epic sonic journey’s are your thing, if you want to be looking at the show in front of you instead of the calculator in your hand, and you want it all with slit your throat animosity, Day One has you covered.


5/5 Horns





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Check out Day One live at one of the following shows:

  • Aug. 20th- Calgary, AB, Canada The Nite Owl
  • Sep. 4th- Calgary, AB, Canada Distortion Live Music Venue
  • Sep. 19th- Calgary, AB, Canada TBA
  • Oct. 17th- Calgary, AB, Canada The Blind Beggar Pub
  • Oct 24th- Berkeley, California Legion Of Steal Fest 






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There are no words with “Necromancing The Stone”

The typical Modus Operandi for us here at TMF is to write a catchy intro that captures your attention and then slowly but surely lead you down a path that introduces you to whatever band we happen to be featuring that day. Unfortunately, this time around I have been assigned a band that has me completely stumped on the creative forefront. Necromancing The Stone from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which features ex and current members of ArsisThe AbsenceThe Black Dahlia Murder, and Brimstone Coven, have managed to create such a unique and over the top sound that I cant be anything but straight forward when describing their September 2014 E.P. “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead“.

“NTS” fuses ThrashPower, and Death, into a drunken long haired crusade against the beasts and demons of this world and, somehow, it makes complete sense. The guitar riffs and tones bring to mind a range somewhere between recent Trivium and Kill ‘Em All era Metallica which, when paired and complimented with the beautifully timed and constructed solos throughout the 3 track E.P., create a hook line and sinker for any Metalhead with a brain.


While the drumming was very active and on point, I cant say with conviction that I was blown away with the performance. Am I saying it was terrible? No. But I do believe that with this style of music there was only so much the bands time keeper could have done and he did just that.

In complete and intense contrast to the drums, you have this insane vocal fluctuation that is the glue strong enough to keep both Power Metal and Death Metal fans in the same room and actually getting along. On the one hand you have this great clean ferocity that rings in similar to the male lead in Amaranthe, and on the other hand you have Lucifer turning his ugly head towards you in an effort to claim your soul for eternal damnation. It is AMAZING.


Necromancing The Stone is just about wrapped up on their next release and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it and (hopefully) once again be absolutely stumped. Check out the links below for additional info and be sure to follow the band.




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Reluctant Interest in “Reluctant Mortem”

Its always interesting finding new underground bands from across the globe. One day I’ll have a three piece Thrash act that just found the courage to step out from the murky shadows of a garage in Mississippi plopped down on my desk, and the very next day I’ll be reviewing a six piece Black Metal group that had recently released a ten song album that cost them upwards of $5000 to produce. Just when I have convinced myself I have literally heard it all, Reluctant Mortem comes out of good ol’ Long Island, New York to put me back into my place.


The group has three full length demo songs up on their Reverbnation page, (link below), and if you plan on hitting play we warn that you’re going to need your seat belt because this ride is all over the place. These three songs run the gamut of metal genre’s with Black, Death, and Thrash  influences ringing clear as the most prevalent. This kind of metal gumbo Reluctant Mortem has managed to forge will either cause your ears to perk like a dog hearing the dinner bell or push you away in complete confusion. Either way, the almost live quality to these demos are without debate, different.

Of course I must make it clear that I used the word quality, loosely. The levels throughout the work and most specifically the drum tracking, is so all over the place I found myself regularly checking my headphones and equipment for some sort of malfunction. Alas, everything was in top form and the recordings really were, in fact, as equally lopsided as if played live at a hole in the wall bar with no house P.A., and only three microphones to spare for the entire band.


If you find yourself able to stomach the levels, you WILL be left with some very well thought up music. Reluctant Mortem‘s guitar riffs, drum phrasing, and all over ambiance give off an adolescent amateur air about them but with time to develop their underlying skill, this band could be very refreshing and garner quite the diverse following. To the band I say this: Keep practicing, don’t take any criticism too seriously, and immediately replace your singer. The guy has a major early Atreyu vibe and the band is much too heavy for that.

1/5 Horns



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