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Sunday, November 11, 2012 - Club Seata, Tokyo
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Photographer : Guillaume Catella




Two of the top american technical progressive death metal scene, namely Between the Buried and Me and Animals as Leaders, do us the honor of coming to Japan among their tour in the pacific area, followed by a few dates in New Zealand and then Australia. Taking this occasion, Metalship meets Paul and Dusty, the two restless and talented guitarists of Between the Buried and Me, just before the live begins, for an interview where the two mates, very chatty, talk about their music and concept, their last album in two parts, and of course, their near future.
The two bands play this Sunday evening their last date in Japan for this tour, in Kichijoji’s “Club Seat A” in western Tokyo, with three Japanese bands for the opening. We unfortunately miss the first band, Arise in Stability, that plays while we interview BTBAM.





Hammerhead Shark

Contrary to what one might guess at first with such a name, Hammerhead Shark is not a brutal, direct and punchy hardcore band, but rather a subtle technical and progressive death-metalcore band (we might as well say “djent”), formed in Sapporo in 2008. With Naohisa, their talented guitarist equipped with a 7 strings guitar, and Toru, adept of bass tapping, Hammerhead Shark perfectly fits tonight’s theme, offering us powerful syncopated riffs and and polyrhythms, reminding Animals As Leaders. Hammerhead Shark offers us a set of very high quality, combining technique and brutality, easily delighting the crowd, and deserving the whole attention of whoever likes technical death metal.

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Infernal Revulsion

While the schedule gets more and more delayed, now shifted by half an hour, Infernal Revulsion takes place on the stage. Formed in 2004 and originating from Osaka, the band offers us a different genre from the previous band, switching to brutal death metal with grindcore vocals. The drummer is particularly efficient in shaking our rib cages with his frenzied double pedal drumming, helped by ultra fast guitars. Infernal Revulsion is without a doubt the band offering us the more opportunities to let off steam, and the body surfers reach their high point, for the delight of the public craving for more violence !

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Animals as Leaders

After such messy violence, the venue rapidly calms down to now host the super talented Animals As Leaders and their progressive instrumental metal, centered on Tosin Abasi. The composition remains very simple : Animals As Leaders is a trio without vocals nor bassist (played by the two guitarists and their 8 strings guitars). The stage is also basic, without any banner, as well as the lights, mainly bathing the band in a crude white light.
Tosin, accompanied by his comrade Javier Reyes, demonstrates the extent of his art and talent, precisely and perfectly realized, except for a jarring note destabilizing him at the beginning of the first track played.




The flights of arpeggios repeatedly follow the jazzy breaks and remind free jazz. The audience, previously very energetic and boisterous, is now like immobilized, concentrating on this fascinating music and its numerous subtleties. The trio, very serene, calm and still is also deeply concentrated on their art, stripped bare of any artifice and simply thanking the crowd with some “arigato” as sole speech and interaction with the Japanese public.
Animals as Leaders offer us a wonderful and introspective trip in the beauty of guitar art.

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Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) now come on stage to close this evening rich in talented progressive death metal bands, with their mathcore with multi influences. BTBAM shares with Animals as Leaders their love for ultra technical compositions and flights of arpeggios, which are nearly omnipresent in Paul Waggoner play albeit with much more energy and violence. The brutal death parts suddenly change to progressive pop/rock, then followed by jazzy rhythms, alternatively switching genres and rhythms, and hence keeping the crowd focused or sparing them some time to rest.




Tommy Rogers vocals follow these continuous changes, alternating death growls to soaring clear voice reminding Mikael Åkerfeldt. Unfortunately, Tommy voice, especially his growls, was poorly audible for most part of the show. On the contrary, Paul’s flights of clear notes were stressed out for the pleasure of people admiring his technique.
BTBAM of course won the crowd’s hearts with their energetic prog metal, allowing the moshers and body surfers to get on stage or releasing their frenzy again. BTBAM indeed delivers their best tracks, among which their last album “The Parallax II : Future Sequence”, their last album released this year. For the “encore”, BTBAM offers us the cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, sang with the crowd, then followed by the enormous Mordecai that finishes off the crowd, completely satisfied and delighted.

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