Technical thrash/groove outfit Common Dead has posted two of the band’s albums in full via YouTube. Listeners can also use the Annotations feature to shuffle around songs in any order. “Diatribe” and “Allegorize”, from 2012 and 2013 respectively, are two of the most recent albums and were solo efforts from band founder Andrew Laurenson.
Common Dead has been on hiatus since the summer while Laurenson is composing soundtrack material under his real name. Both albums can be found below and are up for purchase at major online stores. For more info, check out www.commondead.com or www.facebook.com/commondead.
Common Dead is now streaming “Inveigh”, the band’s third music video supporting the album Diatribe and sixth music video in total. Not unlike previous videos from Common Dead, “Inveigh” was directed and edited by the sole instrumentalist behind the album, Andrew Laurenson, with aiding camerawork and equipment provided by Valérie Delorme and JP McGurrin.
The band founder comments: “‘Inveigh’ is a track about the anonymous drive or passion that keeps you alive, which can be different for each person. Choosing to live, even when there’s no clear reason to do so. For some, the ability to create something that will exist in this realm, even after they are gone, may be all they need to strive on.”
Originally the solo endeavor of Laurenson, Common Dead has committed to a roster expansion since the last album, with the aim of including an ensemble for upcoming efforts. Reviewers often label Common Dead as having a thrash/death backdrop with sporadic forays into tech and post-metal territory, adopting a broad range of themes including vengeance, civil disobedience, and metaphysics.
Common Dead will release the death/thrash/groove inspired “Diatribe” in digital and physical formats on February 21, 2012. Amazon Marketplace, Amazon MP3, iTunes, and LoudTrax are some of the main outlets that will carry the 10-track album.
A new song called “Recollect” has been posted for streaming at Metal Buzz, for which a music video is planned. Common Dead comments: “This track stems from an obsession I’ve tried to overcome regarding the passing of time. It grew more and more absurd to the point where I wasn’t even ‘in the now’. I would be somewhere and sometime else, fixated on theories about wavelengths, energy, and perception.”
“Critical Mass” already became a music video in late 2011. Chicago native Andrew Laurenson performed all instrumentation on “Diatribe” (recorded in Montreal, Canada) and remains the band’s sole proprietor. The Facebook page has more: http://www.facebook.com/commondead