BENEATH THE MASSACRE posts in-studio video, offers album update

Montreal’s BENEATH THE MASSACRE has posted the first in a series of in-studio videos featuring footage from Northern Studio in Quebec while the band was tracking material for its forthcoming album, ‘Dystopia,’ which is scheduled for an October release through Prosthetic Records. The clip can be seen here (http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=37469005 and http://youtube.com/watch?v=ANNFAbeICtQ) and more clips should be expected shortly. Recorded again with Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance, Neuraxis) and featuring artwork from Felix Rancourt, which can be seen in the video, ‘Dystopia’ is the follow-up to 2007’s ‘Mechanics of Dysfunction,’ the band’s Prosthetic debut after first releasing an EP with Galy Records.

“We’re all stoked for the new album,” frontman Elliot Desgagnes says. “The songs are by far the weirdest, most intense songs we have ever written. It’s great to finally listen to all the crazy ideas we had…. After six weeks of intense tracking, we’re also relieved that’s it’s all done. The writing process was hard and exhausting since we wrote most of it on the road, but we can now say that it worth it and we cannot wait to release the album and play the new songs on our upcoming tour. We’re also stoked to get back to touring the US more frequently starting this September with Necrophagist.”

BENEATH THE MASSACRE recently completed a string of dates dubbed the Montreal Assault Tour alongside Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance, and The Plasmarifle and is now gearing up for a high-profile slot on the Canadian run of the Summer Slaughter Tour, also featuring Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Into Eternity, new labelmates Neuraxis, Whitechapel, and Veil of Maya. Upon completion in late August, BENEATH THE MASSACRE will continue on with Nechrophagist for a tour on American soil, details on that will be available shortly.

BENEATH THE MASSACRE on tour

7/31 St. Catharines, ONT – L3 Nightclub

8/01 Hamilton, ONT – The Assumption Hall

8/02 Newcastle, ONT – Wie Gehts Amigo’s (Newcastle Deathfest)

8/08 Guelph, ONT – The Shadow

8/09 Sudbury, ONT – Jubilee Hall

8/10 North Bay, ONT – The Granet Club

(Summer Slaughter Canada with Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Into Eternity, Neuraxis, Whitechapel, Veil Of Maya, Divinity, and Common Grave)

8/14 Quebec City, QC – Imperial

8/15 Montreal, QC – Club Soda

8/16 Toronto, ON – Opera House (featuring Brutal Truth)

8/18 Thunder Bay, ON – Kilroy’s

8/19 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Center

8/20 Regina, SK – Riddell Center

8/21 Calgary, AB – Warehouse

8/22 Edmonton, AB – Starlite

8/23 Prince George, BC – Roll-a-dome

8/25 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (no Common Grave, Divinity)

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“Blending the blink-and-you’ll-miss-35,000-notes shred-fever of Necrophagist with the deep-freeze hammer-attack of Decapitated and the synapse-frying groove of Meshuggah, BTM sound like nothing less than bionic men, joining forces to make a futuristic killing machine that deals out a devastating litany of ultra-complex yet bruisingly immediate piledrivers.” – Terrorizer

“On ‘Mechanis of Dysfunction,’ BENEATH THE MASSACRE astounds with fluid sweeps, chunky riffing, and an impossibly tight rhythm section that stays on track through some dangerously quick material” – Blabbermouth

“Beneath The Massacre is where death metal’s new generation begins. Making certain established names look like a senior citizens home in comparison, Montreal’s Beneath The Massacre is tearing it up in technical, brutal and profoundly intense way.” – Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles

“Beneath The Massacre’s debut full-length will make you feel like you’re dodging mortars on the battlefield, thanks to the unyielding Cookie Monster vocal attack, the dizzying double bass drumming, the blast beats that are fired off like superfluous rounds of artillery and the choppy, techy riffing. If ever there was a soundtrack for the battlefield, this is it.” – CMJ magazine

“Beneath The Massacre offer more than mere technical expertise and sustained brutality; Mechanics of Dysfunction’s compositions are its greatest strength, compressed electromagnetic epics that remind us of things we don’t usually think about.” – Decibel

“Showcasing dizzying technicality – all lunatic Dillinger Escape Plan-esque fretwork and jarring time changes – it’s kind of like putting your head into a jet engine…But then again, that’s kind of the point.” – Kerrang

“Unrelenting shredding, insane vocals, voracious double bass, stop-start dynamics and jaw-dropping musicianship could make this one of the death metal records of 2007.” – Metal Hammer

“Montreal’s Beneath the Massacre are taking Canadian metal to dizzying new heights, offering up a neck-snapping tech-death assault that is as intelligent and self-aware as it is carnivorous and blood-mad.” – Revolver

“There’s certainly no doubting the level of musicianship on display throughout this half hour of labyrinthine terror, as Gordian riffs and ever-changing tempos assimilate to form one of the most vehement aural assaults to come from Canada since the mighty Cryptopsy emerged. Think Necrophagist meets Visceral Bleeding – on speed!” – Zero Tolerance

“Hear that clanging sound? That’s the bar being raised a coupla notches in the hallowed halls of Canada’s ever expanding extreme scene.” – Ottawa Citizen

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