NewsDecember 12, 2011 7:18 PM ET1,406 views

Outcast signs with Listenable Records

Official press release: Listenable Records will be releasing Awaken the Reason, the third album from French brutal djent metal mongers Outcast, in late February 2012. Awaken the Reason is the band' strongest and most solid recording to date and it genuinely captured the band's musical madness. Expect a modern sounding, yet organic production spiced up by a frenzy of extreme guitar and drums assaults. The band commented: "Awaken the Reason was recorded between January and September 2010 at The Artist The Office Studio. It was mixed at SplitSecond Sound Studio By Jochem Jacobs (Textures) in October/November 2010 and then mastered at West West Side Music by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan). The album was composed between 2006 and 2009 mixing various influences among Steve Vai, Gojira, Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Textures and Sikth. Our main goal was to stay away from traditional Death Music and produce a Progressive album with personnal signature. Eighty percent of the album was composed by Nicolas but everyone was at work to improve melodies and songwriting. That's why the album sounds like a concept album even if it's not. This way of thinking music mixed with several aproaches of riffing and soloing constitute in our opinion the main guideline and would confer strong marks to the listener. So our minds were opened and focused on originality using old and new references in the whole metal industry." When asked about how different this new album is compared to their previous full-lengths, the band answered: "The mosst obvious difference between Awaken The Reason and Self Injected Reality, our previous album, is the production which gives more space and organic feelings to the composition. The composition and songs themselves are more coloured and progressive, more subtle in the ambiences are not just full-rooted in Death Metal."

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