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.
MORE FREE SHIT FROM BASICK! Woohoo.
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
SKYHARBOR - BLINDING WHITE NOISE: ILLUSION & CHAOS
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)
7 HORNS 7 EYES - THROES OF ABSOLUTION
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
BASICK RECORDS 2012 SAMPLER
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!
AVAILABLE FREE ON OUR BANDCAMP
MIDSUMMER MELTDOWN - SALE NOW ON!
BASICK’s MIDSUMMER MELTDOWN!
In true British Shakespearean fashion, we’re offering you an absolute dream this Midsummer’s Night:
For twelve nights from June 21st all back catalogue CD’s are now on sale for a tempestuous £1.99 each!
Merry Christmas - 3 Day Super Sale
Whilst Santa is busy making his list and checking it twice, the Basick elves are blasting out Ion Dissonance, guzzling Jack Daniels and sticking two fingers up at the institution by offering all customers the chance to own a bit of Basick for next to nothing in the annual Basick Records 3 day super sale. This is your last chance to pick up Basick bargains before we start to roll out loads of new stuff next year (and just a heads up…2011 is shaping up to be our busiest year yet!).
On December 29th, 30th and 31st 2010, all EPs in the store will be 99p, all albums £2.99, all tees £4.99 and our brand new hoodies are only £19.99!
All stock is limited, so get yourselves over there now and check out what’s on offer: http://www.basickrecords.com/store
Team Basick would like to thank you for your support this year. We’ll be back in 2011 with even more metal m/
Barley, James, Lisa, Sean x