Vancouver’s Atræ Bilis made quite the splash with last year’s EP Divinihility and nearly overnight made them a household name in any house that heralds death metal. A quick year later here we are with their debut full length Apexapien and they prove the success of that EP was no joke. From start to finish, this album is an absolute beast with teeth big enough to tear the planet in two. It hits hard as a ton of bricks but is amazingly smart in its construction. Not clinging to any one leg of death metal it blazes its own path forward with Albert Einstein level riffs and chest crushing blows around every corner. It goes without saying, this album is a favorite for us here at Nine Circles and for good reason. With that said, jump in for an excellent chat with David Stepanavicius via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.
For this discussion, Buke had an epic length chat with David about the new album and some backstory on it, how it’s been working with 20 Buck Spin and owner David Adelson as well as the huge impact 20 Buck has made on the extreme metal landscape, a lengthy back and forth appreciation chat on metal of all sorts, and David’s favorite strain of death metal and what got him hooked. They also cover Mortician, pandemic effects, David’s life in Australia and the move to Canada and what spawned that decision, a pitch of an album and song choice from grindcore to get Buke into it and the key to knowing you’ve found a great grindcore album, and five desert island album picks. All this and so much more is covered in this excellent discussion so dive in and enjoy. One last thing beforehand, HUGE thanks from all of us to David for that slick header image you see up top!
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Apexapien is available now on 20 Buck Spin. For more information on Atræ Bilis, visit their Facebook page.
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