BY KEVIN BEATON
The Frankenstein monster that has been terrorizing Sydney’s downtown since the Summer of 2008 is now known as Unbidden. The members of this monster are vocalist Stoddard, bassist Matt MacLennan, drummer Dale Landry, and guitarists Remy Tartaglia and Lorne Thompkins. Unbidden embodies all things metal, with their appendages barely containing a desire to be technically precise while being stitched to a torso that has be tortured and scarred in brutality.
They describe their sound as being “…made up of extreme drumming and blast beats, heavy down-tuned guitars, melodic bass, and screamed vocals. Essentially, we play death metal with injections of thrash and prog here and there. We naturally keep things well-balanced between all-out speed metal and brutal headbang-worthy grooves.”
Achieving this sound has not happened overnight, with the group going through several line-up changes before lightning finally hit and brought this incarnation of Unbidden to life in December of 2009.
Unbidden is a group of guys that don’t just draw up their musical influences, which include Cryptopsy, Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, Slayer, Immortal and Testament to curb their playing style. They also tap into raw human emotion to meld their aggressive style and sound.
Guitarist Remy Tartaglia said that, “We are all very much motivated by doubt, hatred, and jealousy.” Going on to say that, “Unbidden takes influence from pretty much everything, whether it’s music or feelings or alcohol. We take everything the world throws at us and use it to drive us and make us stronger.”
The group will soon be releasing an EP, entitled Slaughtering the Vile. The EP is in post-production and is scheduled for a Spring release through the Toronto based indie label, Boonsdale Records. With two dozen shows in tow, the band is planning a mini-tour in April in support of Slaughtering the Vile. With a handful of dates already confirmed within Nova Scotia, the band continues to book dates in an attempt to expand their tour throughout the Maritimes.
When asked what the future plans for the band include, Remy responded, “Unbidden’s long term plan is to continue playing live shows, recording and releasing albums, touring the world, and, ultimately, becoming a force to be reckoned with.”
Before Unbidden can unleash their devastation to the hordes of metal heads worldwide, they have a date at the ECMA’s We Unite! Festival on March 4th at the Sydney Civic Center. This is a free admission event that is host to several artists and styles, including Anatomical Disassembly, The Easy Bleeders and We, the Undersigned.
When the group was asked who they are looking forward to see over the ECMA weekend their response was simple, “Unbidden is looking forward to all heavy and aggressive music taking part in the ECMAs. We are all very glad that LOUD bands finally have a chance to expose themselves on this level. This is a very positive thing to happen to the Maritime metal, rock, and punk community.”
Tartaglia, also added what he thought about the Loud Award that is now presented at the ECMA’s. “For me, when I hear a band referred to as a ‘LOUD’ band, I know right away that it isn’t your usual Maritime folk music involving a fiddle and/or tap dancers. I know it will include loud distorted guitars, smashing drums, and usually yelled or screamed vocals. I feel much more comfortable watching these kinds of bands.”
And everyone is in agreement that comfort is of the up most importance when dealing with having your face melted by the soothing sounds of death metal.