ABIOTIC joined the Metal Blade roster for the release of their Symbiosis full-length, which was followed by extensive regional and national touring. Reviews for the album were predominantly positive with Terrorizer naming the record, "a monstrously ferocious first full-length," and Decibel commending a band that, "could eventually help propel some kind of post-djent prog bandwagon." The promotional cycle for Symbiosis concluded with a support tour with Dying Fetus and Exhumed. By the end of 2014, ABIOTIC had re-tooled their lineup by adding vocalist Travis Bartosek and drummer Brent Phillips.
In the late summer of 2014, ABIOTIC ventured to Basement Recordings with acclaimed producer Jamie King. The collaboration would prove fruitful. Guitarist John Matos elaborates: "Working with Jamie was unlike any other studio experience we've had before. Tracking with someone who's produced bands like Between The Buried And Me, Wretched, and The Contortionist put our minds at ease and allowed us to put total trust in Jamie to achieve the sound we were looking for. It made the experience so comfortable and relaxed that we were really able to explore and create without boundaries. I think that's something that can be felt with this record."
The addition of Brent Phillips and Travis Bartosek were particularly influential on the recording process. Phillips' drumming allowed for the band to spend more time exploring tones and sounds than ever before. He brought a renewed sense of groove and feel to the process, along with being the fastest drummer the band has played with to date. Vocally, fans will notice the largest change here. Bartosek took over lyric writing duties and topics range from suicide, Middle East conflict, religion, and a bit of misanthropy. And no ABIOTIC record would not be complete without space-y leads and the bands brand of breakdowns. Leads were a major focus for the album. Seven of the nine tracks contain guitar solos from both John Matos and Matt Mendez. And, of course, Alex Vasquez's bass flourishes can be heard throughout. There's even a drum solo on "Molecular Rematerialization." And, as an added challenge for the band to learn to play live, guitarist Paul Waggoner from Between The Buried And Me offered a solo of his own on "Absence Of Purity." It's all of these elements, flourishes, and individual musical muscle-flexing that gives ABIOTIC their trademark sound.
4/12/2015 Hotshots - Shreveport, LA
4/13/2015 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO w/ Vital Remains, Vale Of Pnath
w/ Boris the Blade, Alterbeast, Reaping Asmodeia:
4/15/2015 High Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN
4/16/2015 Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
4/17/2015 10th Street Live - Kenilworth, NJ
4/18/2015 Coco 66 - Brooklyn, NY
4/20/2015 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
4/21/2015 Mavericks - Ottawa, ON
4/22/2015 The Ritz - Detroit, MI
4/23/2015 Vintage Villains - Danville, IL
4/24/2015 Bada Brew - Crest Hill, IL
4/25/2015 Warehouse - Lacrosse, WI
4/26/2015 Metal Grill - Milwaukee, WI
4/27/2015 Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
w/ Boris The Blade, Alterbeast:
4/28/2015 The Skatuary - Denver, CO
4/29/2015 Metro Bar - Salt Lake City, UT
4/30/2015 Green T - Pocatello, ID
w/ Boris The Blade, Alterbeast, Lord Of War:
5/02/2015 The Pin - Spokane, WA
5/03/2015 Duffy's Hangar - Salem, OR
5/05/2015 The Rockbar - San Jose, CA
5/06/2015 The Grizzly Den - Upland ,CA
5/07/2015 Rock City Studios - Camarillo, CA
5/08/2015 Soma - San Diego, CA
ABIOTIC's Casuistry full-length will see release on April 21st via Metal Blade Records. Opening track, "Cast Into The Depths," which features Dying Fetus frontman John Gallagher on guest vocals, is available for streaming at THIS LOCATION.