MALADAPTIVE, the new band featuring former HEAVENLY members Frédéric Leclercq (guitar), Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (bass) and Maxence Pilo (drums), have just released their first demo CD featuring four songs mixed by Joey Vera (ANTHRAX, FATES WARNING, ARMORED SAINT). The band, who describe their sound as "intricate thrash guitar riffs, strong and intense drums and bass playing, and a variation of harsh and clean vocals delivered by Frederic Leclercq," changed their musical approach after they became disillusioned with their previous group's sound. Commented Pélisson: "Fred never really liked this style (Euro speed/melodic metal) in the first place and while I liked this style, I grew tired of it, and came back to my original love (heavy metal, thrash metal) and discovered more death and black metal."

MALADAPTIVE's self-titled CD — featuring the tracks "Maladaptive", "Burn the Witches", "Monster" and "Traitor" — is described by Vera as containing "great musicianship, great melodies and interesting guitar riffs. . . They have a cool balance of a traditional and modern sound.

"The tracks I mixed were sent to me in a very intuitive way so that the song really jumped out at you," Vera added. "I just tried to push them further in your face."

Drummer Aquiles Priester (ANGRA, HANGAR) was similarly impressed upon hearing MALADAPTIVE's demo CD. "Talent and innovation — there is no better combination for a new band to go straight to the top," he said. "And that's exactly what I realized while listening to MALADAPTIVE. The compositions vary extremely fast moments, some more cadenced, and always very technical and very well worked in-your-face guitars with colors that remind us the best of the '80s thrash metal. However, if there's some nostalgia in those comments, it ends up right here, as this band brings a lot of fresh stuff in the arrangements and vocal melodies. For certain, this mix has everything to be successful as nowadays there are few dauntless bands investing and / or showing something new, just like MALADAPTIVE does. Impressive!"

MALADAPTIVE are offering audio samples of the tracks "Maladaptive", "Monster" and "Traitor", along with a full-length MP3 download of the song "Burn the Witches", at their official web site,


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