In 2014, Montreal’s vibrant and collaborative metal scene gave rise to a new progressive death metal duo called Samskaras. The band was founded by multi-instrumentalist Eric Burnet who honed his skills in the now-defunct tech-death outfit Derelict. Burnet rounded out Samskaras’ lineup by enlisting drummer Alexandre Dupras of Teramobil and Unhuman fame. The project started off small, releasing two standalone singles before kicking into high gear with the 2017 release of their highly praised four-song effort, ‘Asunder’.
Now only one year after the release of Asunder, Samskaras are about to release ‘Lithification’, a new four-song EP set for release this Friday, October 26th. The album will strongly appeal to fans of fellow Québécois artists such as Gorguts, Neuraxis, Quo Vadis, Cryptopsy, and Despised Icon. Inspiration is also drawn from Anaal Nathrakh, Converge, Wood Of Ypres, Cattle Decapitation, and Enslaved casting shadows on the compositions.
Today the band partnered with Metal Injection to premiere an early full stream of Samskaras – Lithification ahead of the official release this Friday, October 26th (Stream it HERE). The band has opted to drop the release early on Bandcamp as a Name-Your-Price offering HERE to coincide with the early stream.
Samskaras multi-instrumentalist Eric Burnet explains Lithification
“This EP is mostly about the struggle between anger and self-control. “It’s direct and vicious, but also intensely emotional. The title itself is the geological process by which rock is created through heat and pressure. The question I’m pondering is, how hard do our life experiences make us, and when does that stop being a healthy way to cope?”
Samskaras – Lithification Track Listing
2. As Warriors
4. À Deux Mains
Eric Burnet – Vocals, Guitar, Bass (Unburnt, Derelict)
Alexandre Dupras – Drums (Teramobil, Unhuman)