If there's one criticism people throw about when discussing the current crop of heavy metal acts, it's that their sound is generic. We have to agree that when it comes to the most popular groups in metal, particularly death metal, the bands aren't only generic, but unbearably derivative. However, Hollywood-based Orbweaver is one group rails against the grain with an experimental flare.
Featuring former members of Hate Eternal and Gigan, the band, armed with a carefully selected array of effects pedals, theramins, and synths, applies a Zappa-esque sense of adventure to the tried and true heft of death metal. Where some of the favored psych-rock bands of the day might be compared to the utopia of a Star Trek film, Orbweaver marries science fiction to sonic horrorscapes in the sonic equivalent of Event Horizon.
The group releases its debut EP today. Titled Strange Transmissions from the Neurlnomicon, the album's five tracks were recorded at Pine Crust studios in Miami with Torche bassist Jonathan Nunez, mastered by death metal heavyweight Brian Elliot at Mana Recording Studios. It will be released in limited edition cassette form via Shroud Eater guitarist/vocalist Jean Saiz's new label, Primitive Violence and in CD form direct from the band. The cassettes feature comic cards and unique visuals conceived while listening to the band's music. We spoke with Orbweaver figurehead, Randy Piro, about his vision for Orbweaver, the album itself, and the double-edged sword of promoting a new project via prior associations.More »