ÆPOCH – The Flesh Totem
EP: Æpoch – Hiraeth (pre-order – https://aepochmetal.bandcamp.com/)
Genre: Progressive / Technical Death Metal
Location: Ontario, Canada 🇨🇦
For fans of: Alustrium, Ominous Ruin
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Ontario, Canada natives Æpoch are excited to announce their latest release, a five-song EP called Hiraeth, which is set for release on Friday, September 10th. Hiraeth serves as the follow-up to the group’s well-received 2020 EP, The Scryer. Cover art for Hiraeth was created by Mark Erskine (Fractal Generator, Dead World Reclamation, Symbolik) with mixing and mastering handled by Ominous Ruin (Willowtip Records) guitarist Alex Bacey.
Active since 2012, Æpoch has kept up a steady pace between great live appearances and new releases since their inception. While the group’s most recent effort, The Scryer, was focused on older unreleased material the band was proud of and wished to see released, Hiraeth charts a different course altogether.
In 2021, that takes the form of Æpoch focusing anew on the progressive and technical aspects of their old-meets-new approach to death metal. Albeit in a way that feels different than all prior material from the band. Aided in part by the group’s newest members, guitarists Marcus Arar and Nicholas Luck, bringing their own array of versatile ideas and songwriting capabilities to the Æpoch fold on Hiraeth.
As the group explains: “The purpose of this EP is to showcase the more refined modern progressive/tech death direction of the band. This progression is completely natural with our new members. This EP features songs that were written by Marcus and Brett & Taylor Wroblewski (Amnesia) with contributions from Nick and Greg in all songs. Not to mention guest vocals by Jerry Martin of Alustrium in “Amnesia” too. This EP also features our first dabble in the world of dissonance, while we tried to do it our way. Perhaps a little more melody and a little less melancholy.”
Æpoch – Hiraeth Tracklisting
2. Amnesia (Ft. Alustrium vocalist Jerry Martin)
4. The Flesh Totem
Æpoch – Hiraeth Line-Up
Bret MacIntosh – Vocals/Fretless Bass
Greg Carvalho – Drums (ex-Becomes Astral)
Marcus Arar – Guitar (ex-Raider live guitarist)
Nicholas Luck – Guitar (Skyless Aeons, Existential Dissipation)