Musical Digest: Under Aspect, Expain, Killitorous, Breadfan

Under Aspect is one of my favourite bands in the metal / alternative / post-hardcore genre. If you are new to them, their new video “Common Illusion”, from their most recent albums The Things You Should Not See, is a good introduction to the band. For a DIY band, it is particularly good. The video, very dark, is bringing us closer to the psychotic universe of David Lessard (lyrics and vocals); it also delivers a heavy dose of metalcore and djent influences, thanks to Carl Dubreuil (bass, vocals). If you hear what you see/hear, you will be pleased to learn that the band members do everything themselves, from the artwork to the sick production of the album (Hugues Bouchard, drums). See for yourselves (what you should not see) here.

We wrote a review for Expain a few weeks ago, an excellent album that mixes brutality and melody with a top notch production. The band never ceases to amaze us (and make us laugh), this time around with a parody video for the iconic ‘Imagine’, originally sung by John Lennon. While the metalheads will dig it, I can’t help but thinking about all of these other people who are fans of Lennon and will fall by accident on this video based on YouTube recommendations… Watch it with the entire family ;-) .

Possibly the best lyrics video I’ve seen in a long time, “No, Not The Bees!” is a hilarious collage based on one of the most popular gossip magazines theme: Nicolas Cage. Killitorous is one of these bands that plays a combination of everything technical and heavy–as if Cryptopsy was sleeping with Dillinger Escape Plan. If you haven’t tasted their colorful music yet, visit their YouTube channel and have a look at the other original videos, including “Fecal Fellatio” and the astonishing “It’s Not Stanley, It’s Stan Lee”. Killitorous’ album Party, Grind is also worth a few listens.

One of my favourite Toronto bands, Breadfan is a duo from two Borges brothers who has been active for many years, releasing one EP after the other. Here is their video “He Needed Killing”, from their most recent EP This Thing of Ours. It is metal, somewhat raw, and it delivers more adrenaline than an energy drink can give you. I found the dynamic and classic simplicity of Breadfan very well rendered through this black and white video, with a lot of close ups and contrasts. A video to watch again and again.

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