By: Adam Van Thiel
Album – Cataclysms and Beginnings
Release Date- Available Now
Order From- http://fragileexistence.bandcamp.com/
Genre: Death Metal/ Blackened Death
Toronto based death metal four piece FRAGILE EXISTENCE have unleashed a new nightmare in the form of ten chainsaw to face tracks, wrapped in complex and horrifying imagery created by artist Jon Zig. FRAGILE EXISTENCE is made up of Dan Glover (Vocals/Guitar), Eric Machacek (Guitars), Morten Siersback (Drums) and Matt Hems (Bass).
The album features seriously heavy riffs, often coalescing into extremely melodic (or maybe chaotic) harmonies, backed by a near the constant bass line giving it a very dark and ominous sound, best demonstrated on the track “Four Walls Of Emptiness”. The drums are deep and still somehow punchy giving them an almost machine gun quality, adding to the aggressive almost war like tone of the record. The vocals are very interesting in that they jerk viciously between the borders of guttural lows reminiscent of cannibal corpse, to almost clean wails more akin to Metallica. The eighth song, hints at a possible black metal influence, highlighted by huge blast beats, driving rhythms and jagged raw vocals.
The album closes out with “The Skin Casket”. A song that at first seems like an airy early 90’s alternative ballad, but quickly descends into a depth of darkness found nowhere else on the album. The song has the atmosphere of ice and torture, like being whipped with a frozen bicycle chain. I would recommend any fans of this genre to get their grubby little paws on this twisted delight. Here is yet another band that proves Canada is N2BFW when it comes to creating metal, and if you have the chance to check them out live, DO IT!! Rock On Gentleman!!!
Adam van Thiel was claimed by music journalism almost accidentally. He was invited to join the editoral staff at an online zine as a school project while studying Music Business. He is currently enrolled in Berklee School of Music Majoring in Music Business. He has been involved in the Canadian music scene for over 10 years. Adam has had the opportunity to conduct interviews with metal bands all over the world and spoken with some of the biggest name in Extreme music like Behemoth. In his free time Adam fronts a one-man black metal project releasing later this year, runs PoisonWood Music Group and presides over his very own record label.