Label: Self released
Release date: May 15, 2012
From the depths of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts come The Deadstation. A trio of twisted Dystopian metalphiles creating some dynamic progressive-metal infusion. The band’s new self-released album features seven tracks that both pull the listener in yet, at times, unsettle the soul.
When talking progressive rock and metal, interpretation is more widely diverse than just about any genre of music one can think of. Names as broad in scope as Rush, Dream Theater, Yes, Genesis and King Crimson collide with Meshuggah, Porcupine Tree, Devin Townsend , Opeth, and Tool. The Deadstation sounds like all and none of the bands mentioned. Elements of their forefathers, ripples of modern influence, and shades of their contemporaries all come together in The Deadstation.
The best part of Episode 01: Like Peering Into the Deepest Ocean Abyss is that it is free. Rather than give you a song by song narrative of its exquisite ambiance, flowing melodies, divine guitar machinations, and brilliant vocal performances, listeners can assess it all, gratis. The entire album is streaming on the The Deadstation bandcamp page where a link for download is available. All it costs is an email address, and if you wish to be proactively supportive, a share to your Facebook and/or Twitter pages.
The band features Shjon Thomas (guitar, bass), Ryan Mattheu (guitar) and Greg Murphy (vocals, drums). The trio’s sound is predominantly driven by the guitars of Thomas and Mattheu, but it is Murphy’s exceptional vocal delivery that adds much of the texture to the group’s signature. The album also features guest keyboards from Nathaniel Rendon.
Progressive metal fans might recognize the name Jens Bogren who has worked with bands as diverse as Kreator and Amon Amarth to progressive acts like Opeth, Symphony X, Devin Townsend and Isahn. Bogren mastered Episode 01: Like Peering Into the Deepest Ocean Abyss which speaks to the quality of the band’s songwriting and sound. The band also tapped Peter Rucho (Revocation) to co-produce and mix the album.
The album blends a mix of atmospheric weight and technical guitar pyrotechnics, with triturating riffage and Murphy’s charismatic and oft inspired drum work. Threaded throughout is a vital emotive feel, that can be aggressive and haunting, or subdued and ethereal. The compelling lyrical content adds intellectual potency to it all, making Episode 01: Like Peering Into the Deepest Ocean Abyss an album to take note of.