New York City-based progressive/sci-fi death metal band ARTIFICIAL BRAIN today announces a European Summer tour in support of their eponymous third LP, which sees release Friday through Profound Lore Records, and is now streaming in its entirety.
ARTIFICIAL BRAIN’s first ever European tour will see the band swarming the continent for more than half of July, with show booked from the 12th through 31st. The band will be touring alongside their allies in Devoid Of Thought for the trek, and Inter Arma vocalist Mike Paparo will be handling vocals for ARTIFICIAL BRAIN for the trip. See all confirmed dates below and watch for updates over the days ahead as the last few dates are filled and the band continues to announce additional live news.
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Artificial Brain will be released on CD, cassette, and all digital platforms on June 3rd, with the LP expected to ship by early July. Find preorders through Profound Lore RIGHT HERE. Also watch a new guitar playthrough video for “Parasite Signal” HERE.
ARTIFICIAL BRAIN w/ Devoid Of Thought:
7/12/2022 Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, DK
7/13/2022 Skjulet – Goteburg, SE
7/15/2022 1000 Fryd – Aalborg, DK
7/17/2022 Krzywy Gryf – Szczecin, PL
7/18/2022 Katofonia – Katowice, PL
7/19/2022 Collosseum – Kosice, SK
7/20/2022 Escape – Vienna, AT
7/21/2022 Modra Vopice – Prague, CZ
7/22/2022 Trainstation Subart – Kranj, SK
7/23/2022 Barrio’s Café – Milano, IT
7/24/2022 Traffic Club – Roma, IT
7/25/2022 Freakout Club – Bologna, IT
7/28/2022 Städelschule – Frankfurt, DE
7/29/2022 Little Devil – Tilburg, NL
7/30/2022 Brat Cave – Lille, FR
7/31/2022 MTC – Koln, DE
ARTIFICIAL BRAIN is also confirmed to host a Guest DJ set at Gimme Metal next Tuesday, June 7th at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Find more info and tune in at gimmemetal.com.
Drawing frequent comparisons to mind-altering progressive death metal acts, ARTIFICIAL BRAIN has distinguished themselves from their peers through an emphasis on rich, melancholic, melodic figures, contextualizing the harmonic and emotive qualities of black metal within a more aggressive death metal framework. Dissonance is threaded through elegiac, otherworldly chordal structures; saturnine tremolo melodies float along in the high registers of the instruments; guitars and bass traverse distinct paths before locking into harmonic orbit. These elements, anchored by blast beats and bellowing guttural vocals, create a sense of contrast that has come to characterize the band’s sound over the past decade.
The group’s final recording with original vocalist Will Smith (Afterbirth), Artificial Brain is the terminal installment in a trilogy that includes 2014’s Labyrinth Constellation and 2017’s Infrared Horizon. Smith’s lyrics on this eponymous LP take a retrospective look at the sci-fi mythology developed on the previous records, using these ideas to explore themes of isolation, madness, and the inexorability of nature. Rounding out the recording is an impressive roster of guest performers, including death metal legends Mike Browning (Nocturnus A.D.) and Luc Lemay (Gorguts) as well as long time collaborators Paulo Paguntalan (Miasmatic Necrosis) and Colin Marston (Krallice).
The guitars, bass, and vocals for Artificial Brain were tracked remotely by the members over the course of 2021, while the drums were recorded by Finn Jansen at Lava Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. The album was mixed and mastered by Colin Marston at The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York, and features artwork by Adam Burke with layout by Chimère Noire.