Meta-Stasis Present A Mix of Death Metal And Electronica On New Album
Comprising former members of prog metal band SikTh and death metal act Ted Maul, the UK band talk about their recently-launched second release ‘Paradox of Metanoia’ and a possible tour of India
When it comes to metal, you’d think some things are sacred. Not for UK technical death metal band Meta-Stasis, who dabble in not just gnashing death metal but also electronic music.Â As much as they like to dress up in rags, masks and sing about the usual death metal motifs like serial killers, religion and war,Â it’s surprising to hear guitarist PaulÂ McGarryÂ say all of the band members have their roots in metal butÂ alsoÂ love the groove and dirt of jungle and electronic music.
Perhaps it’s that combination that’s attracted critical acclaim for their second albumÂ Paradox ofÂ Metanoia, which released in July.Â Formed in 2012 after starting out as a studio project a few years prior, Meta-Stasis’ debut full-lengthÂ When the Mind Departs the FleshÂ released as soon as the band started performing live in 2012. Says vocalist Solomon J, “Having an album out before we even really started has allowed us to take a bit more time with the second record, and we are glad we did. We feel the rewrites and refinement helped contain the chaos.”
The band went into Grindstone Studio with sound engineer Scott Atkins, who has worked with top British metal bands such as Cradle of Filth andÂ Sylosis, in 2013 and ended up with a neat, slice-and-dice metal sound that’s also a nod towards Solomon’s previous band, electro-deathÂ metallersÂ Ted Maul.Â Solomon originally began working on the demented concept behind Meta-Stasis withÂ progÂ metal bandÂ SikTh’sÂ drummer DanÂ FoordÂ but it’s evolved far from both projects into its own sound. Says Solomon, “The direction we wanted was purely a cross breed of extremeÂ metal and jungle electronic madness but done with precise mechanical execution, injected with a high dose of schizophrenia.” Six-minute lead singles such as “Disintegrate” and “United Monarchy” prove exactly that — clock-work like double-bass drumming, guttural growls and all.
While the band toured the UK in late July and are gearing up to support Australian tech-death metal bandÂ PsycropticÂ in London onÂ September 30th, Meta-Stasis do confirm they will tour South Asia next year. Besides a festival set atÂ MetalDaysÂ in Slovenia in 2013, they are yet to venture into performing in newer territories. While guitarist David Tobin says touring outside the UK has to be “realistic” in terms of logistics and considering the band members’ other commitments,Â McGarry says there is an India tour in the works.
The guitarist adds, “It’s a funny one really, I’m already heading out thereÂ [India]Â for a while anyway, so we thought why not try and get some shows. Our bros inÂ Xerath,Â SikTh and Cradle of Filth have said good things about playing out in India.”
Listen toÂ Paradox ofÂ Metanoia