Our bands discuss their favourite Basick releases of the year.


This year our label had some awesome releases including: 

Chimp Spanner - All Roads Lead Here EP (Listen Free)
7 Horns 7 Eyes - Throes of Absolution album (Listen Free)
Skyharbor - Blinding White Noise album (Listen Free)
Glass Cloud - The Royal Thousand album
The Algorithm - Polymorphic Code album (Listen Free)
Dissipate - Tectonics EP (Listen Free)
Circles - Another Me single (Listen / Download Free) - just enter 0 in the price you pay.

Barley, Basick boss added Skyharbor to his end of year list. Read here

Lisa, Basick publicist added 7 Horns 7 Eyes to her end of year list. Read here

Sean, Basick IT geek added Chimp Spanner and 7 Horns 7 Eyes to his end of year list. Read here

James, Basick publicist added The Algorithm and Glass Cloud to his end of year list. Read Here

Chad, Basick A&R added 7 Horns 7 Eyes to his end of year list. Read here

We asked some of the bands what their favourite release was, here’s what they said. 


Kaan, vocals - No Consequence

My choice would be have to be Chimp Spanner - All Roads Lead Here. It’s all about Cloud City and Mobius!! The ultimate sci-fi sound track. But I have to say the Glass Cloud record is a close second. The melodic sections pick you up and kiss your lady bits, then you get torn a new one by the heavy sections. Just what you want from a album!! 


Keshav, guitar/evil genius - Skyharbor

Chimp Spanner, All Roads Lead Here. I love this EP to death because Paul Ortiz can just do no wrong. He creates music which simply hits me smack in the gut every time. Ever since I heard his first release Imperium Vorago - aeons ago when he would sell copies himself on his website - I’ve been stunned by the intricacy of his compositions and the amount of emotion he crams into each note. One of the things I’m attracted to the most in music - which is something I strive very hard for with my own - is the imagery it evokes. When I put on my speakers I love to see the music rise to the surface and dance like ghosts between the speakers. Paul’s tunes do just that every time, and with each new release he seems to be delving even deeper into that ‘visual’ aspect of his music, which I simply love. Only criticism is that I wish it were longer!


Ted Furuhashi, guitar - Circles

Def NOT Circles. Bahaha! Too many great releases!!! Glass Cloud would be up there with Chimp and Algorithm, fuck. I loved Skyharbor too. Going on plays, I’d say Glass Cloud. They make me want to build a Lego city and then crush it Godzilla style. Yep, that’s how I measure good albums. Lego and Godzilla. Hanging for Alaya, Aliases, No Consequence and all the other releases next year. Gonna be a HUGE year me thinks :)


Chad, vocals/pecs - A Dark Orbit 

7 Horns 7 Eyes - Throes of Absolution. I can never get enough of this album. I constantly listen to it. It has the most perfect mix of all types of metal and it has such a HUGE sound. This album has some of the most vicious sounding vocals mixed with some of the most beautiful leads. This is a must!


Aaron, guitars/mad professor - 7 Horns 7 Eyes

Chimp Spanner - All Roads Lead Here EP. I really came to fully appreciate the music of Paul Ortiz after touring with him this summer on The Contortionist’s “Intrinsic” tour. Prior to that, I think I just simply hadn’t heard enough material to really feel strongly one way or another, and it’s getting increasingly hard for me to be motivated to listen to anything new these days that has the word “djent” as a descriptor, haha. Anyway, Paul sets the bar incredibly high with this release, not only for bands aspiring to noodle around with djenty rhythms, but also technical riffing, jazzy soloing, emotive ambiance, and just smart chord choices and songwriting in general. No one else combines the influences that Paul does so seamlessly, and it doesn’t come off as pretentious or self-gratuitous either. Hard to pick standout tracks since they’re all really good. I’ve got a soft spot for songs I heard night after night on tour, like “Mӧbius Pt I”, and also “Engrams”, which is both haunting and beautiful, and was a perfectly placed interlude in the live setting!


Paul Green, vocals - The Arusha Accord

For me Skyharbor is blates the best of the year! It’s utterly beautiful, I think I told the guys that several billion times after I heard it. It just has so much to offer from the heavy to light spectrum & the atmospherics too good. I feel that the djent sound is fairly stagnated by so many bands but Skyharbor, who I stupidly initially thought would just be another band of said Djentness are instead like a variety box of all your favourite cereals. There is no rubbish bland filler cereal in the mix. It’s all rad sugar coated, E numbered awesomeness!


Evan Dunn, vocals - Alaya

I think I have to go with The Algorithm. I’ve caught myself playing it the most and duh! 2013 is where it’s at!!


Igor Omodei, guitar/creator of middle earth - Uneven Structure

The Algorithm - Polymorphic Code because it’s super fresh and very nice to see a solo artist put something this big out. 



Starting at midnight on the 28th (in a few hours, basically!) and continuing through until midnight on the 30th, the annual Basick Records Firesale will take place, and this year we’ve made the sale as progressive as the bands we promote. 

28th December - prices will drop by 50%  (biggest saving day!) 

29th December - prices will drop by 25% 

30th December - prices will drop by 15% 


As you can see, it pays to get in early, get the biggest discount you can and load up on merch, posters, vinyl and CD’s whilst you still can. And this discount applies to EVERYTHING in store, including hoodies (few remaining so get in quick!) and all new releases that only came out a few months ago. 

We expect to see you go at it like a bunch of rabid, flesh starved zombies and wipe us out, like you have in previous years. WE NEED YOU TO FOR 2 REASONS. 

1) We need to make room for new 2013 merch lines coming in soon and we need to make a huge amount of room for the biggest release schedule Basick has ever seen! 

2) We need your continued support. Independent labels depend on the support of their fanbase to keep bringing you the bands you love. We’re independently owned, with no big named backers, and sales like this help to keep us going and in turn help to keep our bands going. So do your best, wipe us out, it’ll help us bring you more awesomeness next year! 






Shipping will take place from 4th January - our merch warehouse is on holiday until then, but that’s only a week you have to wait after buying, a small price to pay for awesomely low prices. 


All of it…but seriously, the end of year lists have placed 7 Horns 7 Eyes album - Throes of Absolution in lots of their top 5 lists, Skyharbor album -Blinding White Noise and The Algorithm - Polymorphic Code have all impressed the critics. So check those out. 

Vinyl wise - if you get a hold of Chimp Spanner - All Road’s Lead Here on the 50% discount day, you’ll get it for the awesomely priced £4.99

If you are into the heavier end of progressive music and love bands like Ion Dissonance and Car Bomb - check out our recent release from Dissipate - Tectonics which came out in November. If you pick it up on 50% discount day you’ll get it at a healthy £2.99 (and this is one of my favourite releases of the year! Lisa) 

If you aren’t quite sure what to pick up, listen for free first at our bandcamp - http://music.basickrecords.com/

So that’s it folks, head to our webstore at midnight (UTC) tonight, which is only a few hours away, snap up a heap of good music at bargain prices, and spread the word. The sale ends on midnight 30th December. And don’t forget to use the code (you’d be surprised how many people do!) - BASICKFIRESALE at checkout. 

Lisa Basick - Albums of 2012 and more….


Lisa is one of our PR team and also looks after marketing, she also is mum to the bands and helps to look after their every whim, she does office admin, sales admin, she looks after social media strategy and anything else the boss generally forgets to do! Mostly she eats chocolate, talks about cats and is obsessed with Between the Buried and Me.  She runs her own PR company - Hold Tight! PR with James Monteith from TesseracT and her own website full of advice for bands.   Here are her top picks for 2012 and a little bit about her year. 

Lisa Basick - http://www.facebook.com/lisaukmu

Location - Scotland, UK

Team Basick - Publicist, BTBAM Stalker, Malcolm Tucker wannabe. 

1. Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence

Put it this way, Between the Buried and Me could have put out an album of just kitten sounds and it would still have been my No1. I love these guys, I love how they’ve progressed from each album, I love how well Paul and Dustie work together and I feel that as a band, they are finally hitting their stride with the most latest releases. Moving to Metal Blade seems to have propelled them even further and I’m excited to see where they go from here. 

2. 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Throes of Absolution


Had BTBAM not released this year, 7 Horns 7 Eyes would have been No1. I heard this album prior to release and knew straight away it would be high on my year end list, and it’s great to see so many of the press and record buying public also agreeing and adding it to their lists. The guitar playing alone on this record is enough to warrant it a top spot, but add to that the addition of my little grumbly dragon vocalist JJ and it’s one of the best albums I’ve heard in years, not just this year. As a debut it shone and where they go next is anyones guess. MOAR! 

3. Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme


This pleases my inner growler. I loved this album from start to finish, 7 albums in and for me at least, they just keep getting better, stronger and more nasty. Technically brilliant, you know what you get with Dying Fetus, it’s loud, it’s growly, it’s going to smash your teeth in and there’s gonna be a bucket of top notch Death Metal riffs included. 

4. Enslaved - RIITIIR


An absolute peach of an album, fusing progressive heaviness, black metal and clean vocals, all things guaranteed to hit my sweet spot. When I first heard this (recommended by Dom Lawson, thanks mate!) I just nodded and smiled for hours doing that YES…YES THIS IS IT…face. Makes me want to sit in a forest and talk to trees. 

5. Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Big Moon Ritual 


If there’s one thing I’ll remember from this year, it was listening to hours and hours of southern rock, blues and groove. From all of those hours, the finest album and the one I listened to the most was Big Moon Ritual by the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. It makes me want to sit naked in a vat of Jack Daniels and then wrestle some gators. Fantastic album. 

6. Dysrhythmia - Test of Submission 


This tickles my inner nerd spot. Avant garde, insanely technical, jazzy and mad as a box of frogs - it’s just everything I love in music. Experimental, exciting, discordant and superbly technical. They are supreme master musicians and I could listen to this album back to back all day and never get sick of it. Please check them out. 

7. Latitudes - Individuation


I’ve loved Latitudes for many a year, and also because they’re on shelsmusic, you pretty much know that any release coming out of that label is always going to be a winner. What I love about Latitudes, for the same reason I love BTBAM, is their continual progression and experimentation in sound. Many bands sound the same from album one until they die, but for the few brave bands who continue to evolve, progress and change, it can be a rewarding experience. Individuation is an absolute corker of an album. 

8. Astra - The Black Chord


An absolute noodling, rich, journey of an album, this is prog/rock at it’s finest, at least in my eyes. Technically brilliant progressive song structures are just dripping, NAY leaking out of this album like happy hookers on a busy day. There’s nothing more to say, put this on, feel all warm inside, prog on! 

9. Counter World Experience - Music for Kings


Found these guys via Spotify a year or two ago, fell in love with their jazzy metal progressive sounds immediately and have been waiting for new material since then. This year they delivered in spectacular style. If you like a bit of technical, instrumental metal, infused with progressive style and jazz leanings, get in about these guys because they are phenomenal and criminally unknown. 

10. Gaza - No Absolutes in Human Suffering

Let’s end on a bit of filthy, face fuckery. Gaza are great. It’s just a punishingly insane listen from start to finish which by the end of it, you’ll be screaming into babies faces and drop kicking kittens all over the place. Dark, heavy and fast, if you’ve not heard this album yet, smear it into your ears and wait for the kick back. 

Honourable mentions

Skyharbor - Blinding White Noise
Pilgrim - Misery Wizard
Inverloch - Dusk/Subside (the only reason this didn’t make my top 10 is it’s only 3 tracks but goddamn it’s awesome!) 
Dissipate - Tectonics
Sucioperro - Fused 
Chimp Spanner - All Roads Lead Here 
Behold The Arctopus - Horrorsentience 
Dordeduh - Dar De Duh 

What’s been your personal highlight/ of 2012?

Getting this little guy, he’s a white Persian and his name is Loki. He follows me every where and sleeps on top of me to keep me warm. 


What was your biggest achievement of the year?

The launch of my website. I started up my own little corner of the web, I’ve never had one before. People always ask me for advice or interviews, so I thought, why not combine it all into one place. I’m kinda proud of it. (It’s all just cats, star trek and between the buried and me!) 

What do you wish you’d done more of? 

Relaxing. Running your own business means that you have to be all things, to all people, all of the time. It takes a lot of time and effort to grow your business and it’s never, ever going to be a 9-5pm job, Monday to Friday. I enjoy it too much anyway, but a little more ‘off’ time would be great. 

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying, I worry about everything and everyone, all of the time. 

Best Basick Records ‘thing’ of 2012?

The HMV showcase in London was an important step for us as a label. We sold out the venue, we showcased some great talent and we were part of a great event, “The Next Big Thing” which was a great experience. Plus Jerry Ewing, Editor of Prog Magazine got me absolutely hammered. 

Best film of 2012?

Avengers Assemble. Loads of fun, the Hulk is hilarious in it and Thor is gorgeous. The worst film of this year was Sand Sharks. Don’t watch that film! 

TV show you watched the most in 2012?

Deadliest Catch, I’m now obsessed with Alaska and crab boat fishing. I love it. I want to crew on the Northwestern! 

What was your greatest musical discovery or rediscovery?

The Derek Trucks Band - awesome southern groove. 2012 was the year I listened to a whole lot of southern rock. 

Best gig or festival of 2012?

Was the most recent! About a week ago, a sweaty little cave in Edinburgh, about 40 folk packed into a vault under the streets of Edinburgh to see the return of old Candlelight signing, Korpse. The room was heaving with sweaty beards, the music was fantastic, both Korpse and Zillah played blinders. I much prefer smaller gigs to huge stadium gigs, the intimacy and rawness of a small, sweaty venue, where the singer is spitting in your face/hair cannot be rivalled. 

Biggest WTF moment of 2012?

The mainstream media. They need euthanised and replaced, they are beyond a joke, ridiculously propaganda-ish and more concerned with pushing the cult of celebrity. Seriously, I don’t care who Katie Price is shagging this week, that’s not news. Real journalism is rare these days, it needs to make a comeback. 

How will you be spending Christmas?

Locked in the house, phone and emails switched off, pyjamas on, cosy and cuddled in with my husband, eating good food, watching old black and white movies and not moving until it’s January. 

Finally, a band wants to get signed to Basick in 2012, what’s your advice for them?

Be better than everyone else. Be inventive, be prolific, think outside of the box. We’re looking for fiercely progressive bands, in any genre. But your technical ability and songwriting ability have to impress. Or you could just send us chocolate and cat pictures. That works too. 

JAMES BASICK - Top Albums of 2012 and more….


James is one of our PR team, making sure our bands get in front of the press, onto the radio and TV and are media ready.  He can usually be found face down in a puddle of his own making at a festival, at the bar chatting to the press corps, running his own PR company - Hold Tight! PR,  or on stage playing guitar in his band TesseracT (Century Media).  Here are his top picks for 2012 and a little bit about his year. 

James Basick - http://www.facebook.com/james.monteith79

Location - London, UK

Team Basick - Publicist, beard cultivator, vomit gymnast. 

1. The Algorithm - Polymorphic Code
Producers have been splicing metal into electronica for years, but for me The Algorithm is the first to truely marry the styles into one cohesive sound. Bonkers, brutal and simply awesome.

2. The Elijah  - I Loved I Hated I Destroyed I Created
The atmosphere and power this band create from very simple progressions is phenomenal, and the use of strings and synth layers really make it stand out as the best post rock release in a long time.

3. Knuckledust - Bluffs Lies & Alibis
UK Hardcore at its absolute best. Full of aggression, attitude and bad ass riffing… and one thing missing from a lot of modern hardcore… huge grooves.

4. Sylosis - Monolith
Killer blasts, riffs and some of the best metal guitar playing you can hear. Heavy fucking metal.

5. Meshuggah - Koloss
A stunning debut from this female fronted bunch of young pop punk upstarts… sound about right? 

6. Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
This band are truly at the top of their game, and have really found a sound that’s true to them on this record. Stunning arrangements, guitar work, and there’s even a spoken word passage performed by Amos of TesseracT. 

7. Devil Sold His Soul - Empire of Light
Sounds like a Devil record, which is not a bad thing at all. In fact it’s a very good thing as I’m a DSHS fan, and they delivered exactly what I wanted and expected, Ronseal style.

8. Glass Cloud - The Royal Thousand
Josh Travis is one my my fave modern metal guitarists, one of the few people out there who has a really distinctive rhythm playing style and is hugely inventive. Mix that with accessible arrangements and massive vocals, and you get this stunning release.

9. Anathema - Weather Systems
This band always send chills up my spine and this record is no exception. Simply beautiful.

10. Veil Of Maya - Eclipse
Top rate tech metal with killer songs. They have really found the balance of technical excellence and memorable songwriting on this release, and after a few listens you’re guaranteed to have a whole bunch of hooks engrained on your subconscious.

What’s been your personal highlight/ of 2012?

Sitting next to Steve Hackett at the Prog Music awards and discussing music with some of the finest rock musicians in the world

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Moving house. at some point I really didn’t think I’d make it through that period alive

What do you wish you’d done more of? 

Played more guitar

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Saying stupid drunk stuff to music industry people, that could potentially ruin my career.

Best Basick Records ‘thing’ of 2012?

Barley’s porn star tash.

Best film of 2012?

Skyfall. That’s not because it’s great, in fact it was pretty damn average, but as far as I know, it’s the only new film I watched this year. 

TV show you watched the most in 2012?

Breaking Bad

What was your greatest musical discovery or rediscovery?

Knuckledust. UK hardcore done proper like innit.

Best gig or festival of 2012?

Download - I don’t really remember it, but I had a great time.

Biggest WTF moment of 2012?

How will you be spending Christmas?

Eating, drinking and keeping well away from emails!

Finally, a band wants to get signed to Basick in 2012, what’s your advice for them?

Be original. Basick is about forward thinking / new music, and that’s what we’re looking for.


HEAD OVER TO HTTP://STORE.BASICKRECORDS.COM and enter the code: YESITSFRIDAY at checkout to receive 24% off anything in the CHIMP SPANNER range. This offer is available for 24 HOURS ONLY.  

We are also giving away free download codes throughout the day on our Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites - so keep an eye open to win one of those.

CHIMP SPANNER WILL BE ON TOUR IN THE USA IN JULY with The Contortionist, Jeff Loomis and 7 Horns 7 Eyes. For more info, visit here


Out today on Basick Records:


Blinding White Noise: Illusion and Chaos

7 Horns 7 Eyes

Throes of Absolution

Skyharbor - Blinding White Noise: Illusion and Chaos

DISC ONE (Running Time: 34m 20s)
1) Illusion: Dots
2) Illusion: Order 66 
3) Illusion: Catharsis
4) Illusion: Night
5) Illusion: Aurora
6) Illusion: Celestial
7) Illusion: Maeva

DISC TWO (Running Time: 13m 38s)
8) Chaos: Trayus
9) Chaos: Aphasia
10) Chaos: Insurrection

SKYHARBOR’s breathtaking double disc, debut album, ‘Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos’, is released today and promises to be a landmark release for the Indian independent music scene, in no small part thanks to the incredible number of international guest appearances it will see, including the likes of Marty Friedman (ex Megadeth), Daniel Tompkins (ex TesseracT), Vishal J. Singh (Amogh Symphony) and Sunneith Revankar (Bhayanak Maut).

Spanning 2 discs the album reveals very different aspects of the band and is a mix of effortlessly mature, ambient soundscapes that intertwine playfully alongside densely layered guitar work, complex structures and experimental metal.

Reviews & Features

Skyharbor’s Keshav Dhar discusses "Five albums that changed my life"

Read the interview at Noisecreep →

“Timeless in every sense” 9/10 Metal India Magazine

48-minutes of good, solid songwriting and heavy metal” 8/10 Heavy Blog is Heavy

"The dynamics of the songs keep the balance between technical and listenable perfectly" 9/10 Got Djent

Watch the video for ‘Catharsis’ on YouTube! →

7 Horns 7 Eyes - Throes of Absolution

1) Divine Amnesty
2) Phumis: The Falsehood of Affliction
3) The Hill Difficulty
4) Cycle Of Self
5) Delusions
6) A Finite Grasp of Infinite Disillusion
7) Vindicator
8) The Winnowing
9) Regeneration

Progressive atmospheric death metallers 7 HORNS 7 EYES release their debut full-length album, Throes Of Absolution, across Europe today. Featuring a guest appearance by Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), the album has been produced and mixed by 7H7E’s guitarist, Aaron Smith at his own Envisage Audio studio. Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth) mastered the outing; guitars were re-amped by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Killswitch Engage), whilst Travis Smith (Nevermore, Katatonia) crafted the artwork.

Reviews & Features

you’ll know that it’s a mark of their class that ex-Nevermore guitarist and all-round six-string here, Jeff Loomis, wanted to work with them"

Listen to the exclusive album stream on Thrash Hits →

“This takes progressive death metal to a new level of pulverizing grandeur. Love it!”
Dom Lawson - Metal Hammer

"One of the very best death metal records I have heard in the last twelve months" 8/10 Cack Blabbath

"7H7E are here not only to give us some outstanding metal, but to lead the battle for the ages." Dawn of the Deaf

Watch the video for ‘Throes of Absolution album sampler’ on YouTube! →



We know you guys love your freebies and your advances and some of the sneakiness - so go fill your boots with what we’ve got out there this week. FREE 


The debut album from Indian based progressive metallers, Skyharbor, is released on Monday 23rd April worldwide via Basick. Featuring collaborations from ex-Tesseract vocalist Dan Tompkins and ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman, this is already shaping up to be one of the most promising debut releases of 2012. 

USA/CANADA - buy from our online store at Prosthetic Records (it’s also available from all good online retailers and in stores across the country) 

EUROPE/REST OF WORLD - you can grab something from our online store (it’s also available from all good online retailers and in record stores near you!)  

Streaming free over on our bandcamp 

Available for listens and shares over on our YouTube (both CD’s) 


The debut album from Seattle based progressive deathers 7 HORNS 7 EYES is released across Europe on Monday April 23rd. Grab a copy from our store, it’s also available at all good online retailers and in stores worldwide. 

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! The album is streaming free over at Thrash Hits 


We know that THOUSANDS of you guys have already grabbed a free copy of this, but if you still haven’t, grab the 2012 label sampler from us, a track from each of our artists to get you introduced to just what we have to offer! 


Basick Records supports Record Store Day - http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/ 

Starting at Midnight (BST), for 24 hours only, we want you to celebrate with us. Use the promotional code RECORDSTOREDAY to get a whopping 25% off your order. 

Head to http://store.basickrecords.com at midnight tonight (UK time) and all day throughout the 21st April. 

Basick Records supports Record Store Day - http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/ 

Starting at Midnight (BST), for 24 hours only, we want you to celebrate with us. Use the promotional code RECORDSTOREDAY to get a whopping 25% off your order. 

Head to http://store.basickrecords.com at midnight tonight (UK time) and all day throughout the 21st April. 

FREE Basick Records 2012 Sampler - MERRY CHRISTMAS!

To wish all our fans, friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and special New Year, we’ve teamed up with AMAZON to release a FREE sampler featuring some of our favourite tracks from the BASICK roster.

This NEW sampler features tracks from recent signings SKYHARBOR, BLOTTED SCIENCE and THE ALGORITHM, as well as stunning work from CHIMP SPANNER, ALIASES, CIRCLES, MONUMENTS, UNEVEN STRUCTURE and many, many more.

Did we mention it’s FREE?!
Pick it up at Amazon TODAY! (UK)

(For countries who  have restrictions and are having problems accessing Amazon - pick up the FREE SAMPLER here: http://basickrecords.bandcamp.com/album/basick-2012-sampler)

1. CHIMP SPANNER - Dark Age Of Technology 04:15 
2. CIRCLES - Act III 05:40 
3. MONUMENTS - The Uncollective (instrumental) 03:51 
4. SKYHARBOR - Celestial (edit) 04:03 
5. UNEVEN STRUCTURE - Awaken (edit) 04:40 
6. 7 HORNS 7 EYES - The Winnowing 05:35 
7. BLOTTED SCIENCE - A Sting Operation - Human Barbequed 02:21 
8. ION DISSONANCE - This Is The Last Time I Repeat Myself 04:36 
9. THE ARUSHA ACCORD - The Resurgent 03:26 
10. ALIASES - The Reality Of Beliefs 03:40 
11. VISIONS - Oceans 04:59 
12. THE ALGORITHM - Isometry 03:06

Listen to 7 Horns 7 Eyes EP FREE

Out now on iTunes / Bandcamp / Amazon from Basick Records.

Interview: Brandon Smith - 7 Horns 7 Eyes

NAME: Brandon Smith


BAND: 7 Horns 7 Eyes (Basick Records / Century Media)

BUY: Single Convalescence available to buy on iTunes NOW - http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/convalescence-single/id449360040

Tell us about the band for people who haven’t yet experienced you yet!
We are based in the Seattle, WA area and have been playing under the name 7 Horns 7 Eyes for just over 4 years now. Before that it had a different name and Aaron (my brother) is the only member left from that era. I joined pretty much at the name change. There have been 4 or so member changes, but I won’t bore you with how each one came to be, but each one was more or less already a friend of the band. The name 7 Horns 7 Eyes comes from the Book of Revelation in the Bible.

Your music sits comfortably in the darker realms of the tech metal spectrum – what bands are you inspired by or listen to regularly?
We have a very wide range of music tastes and preferences that covers most of the musical spectrum, but when it comes to Metal our biggest influences would have to be Swallow The Sun, Meshuggah, Nevermore, and Daylight Dies. Each dude in the band listens to lots of other bands, but I feel like these are the ones which have influenced our sound the most.

You were picked up recently by Century Media and Basick Records – how did that come about?
We had been recording our first full length completely independently when we first generated label interest. Eventually we got in touch with Century and Basick and ended up linking a deal. It was actually pretty nice how things just fell into place… It almost couldn’t have gone better. Both labels are very excited to get the music out their and promote it too!

Can you tell us a little about the making of your new single Convalescence – how it came together, who was the main songwriter etc?

Aaron is the primary writer of the songs. He writes most of the parts and then structures it. Everyone else gives their input and adds their own flare and vibe to each song though. It’s definitely a mutual process. The 2 songs and 1 interlude are going to be on the upcoming full length titled ‘The Throes Of Absolution’. They were recorded during the same session of the full length. I guess you could call it an album teaser, just something to get people excited and to hold them over until the album comes out. The artwork turned out great too. It gives a general idea of the vibe of the artwork that will be on the full length. 

How would you sum up the new record to someone that has never listened the band?
Dark, heavy, epic, melodic, technical almost all at the same time? Lots of killer leads as well, Sean is a great guitarist! I would say a tasteful mixture of the bands I listed in our influences. You can definitely tell who we are influenced by, but it doesn’t sound like a direct copy or rip off of them.

What have been the high and low points during your time in the band?
Signing to Century Media and Basick is probably the highest so far. I’ve been listening to Metal for a long time now and CM has always been like the Capital or Universal of metal… So to sign with them was a huge dream come true. And doing a European release with Basick is the icing on the cake! The lowest (aside from our many unlucky van problems) would probably have to our original singer Kyle quitting last year. Huge downer, but JJ has stepped up and done a phenomenal job since then!

What new releases have you heard lately that you were impressed by?
The new ‘Omnium Gatherum’ record is awesome. Super good Melodic Death done right that has complex structures! Not too common anymore when it comes to that genre. Both of the new Devin Townsend albums are obviously killer. Devin could probably (and almost does!) write any genre of music and I’m sure it would be good. The new ‘Fen’ album’s good stuff. The newest ‘Ulver’ is good too; they never sit still, always changing! Really enjoyed that release. The newest Pestilence is cool as well. Really heavy stuff with like a introverted riffing style! They have found a good sound since they reformed a few years ago. That’s about all that I can think of right now. Oh and the new Foo Fighters! Dave Grohl is a genius.

What are your interests/hobbies outside of music?
Baseball is one of my favorite things, especially the Seattle Mariners! My life almost rotates around their schedule during the season, haha. Other then that I like playing video games somewhat often and researching historical stuff.

Final question - do you have any last words for your fans over in Europe and the UK?
Thanks for listening and we’ll see you soon!

Check out 7 Horns 7 Eyes new digital single ‘Convalescence’ on iTunes. The single also features the tracks Vindicator and The Winnowing, both of which will be on the band’s new full-length album, "Throes Of Absolution."

Featuring a guest appearance by Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE), the highly-anticipated "Throes Of Absolution" will soon be released through Basick Records and fans can expect extensive touring from 7 HORNS 7 EYES in support of the album.