Montreal technical death metallers BENEATH THE MASSACRE have set "Marée Noire", as the title of their forthcoming EP, due in North America on September 14 via Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to 2008's "Dystopia" was co-produced by Chris Donaldson, known for his work with CRYPTOPSY, along with BENEATH THE MASSACRE guitarist Chris Bradley and the rest of the band. It was mixed by Donaldson and mastered by Alan Douches (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, CONVERGE).
Commented Bradley: "'Marée Noire' was written using a different approach than the preceding release. We wouldn't start the writing process from the same point. Some songs were more structured by melodies while others all started from drums pattern. I think it makes the songs stand out a little more."
Vocalist Elliot Desgagnes added: "The tones are a little rawer and it helped a lot that Donaldson and Bradley already worked together in the past.
"We were all on the same page and everything went well in studio.
"I really like the EP format. It's easier lyrically to make connections between the songs and follow a thought pattern.
"We named the EP 'Marée Noire', 'Black Tide' in English, because I was writing lyrics on Absurdism, self-fulfilled prophecy and corporations raping everything, when BP started to shit in the Gulf of Mexico."
BENEATH THE MASSACRE will appear at the Heavy MTL festival later month alongside SLAYER, MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, DESPISED ICON, MASTODON and more. The band has also announced a Canadian tour beginning in late August and wrapping up in early October. They will be playing with NEURAXIS, ION DISSONANCE and others along the trek.
Since recording "Dystopia", the band has toured extensively: five full North American tours (including Summer Slaughter Canada 2008 and Summer Slaughter 2009) and four full European tours (including Thrash and Burn Europe the past two years).
BENEATH THE MASSACRE was nominated in 2009 for a Metal Hammer Golden Gods award for "Best Underground Band."