First Fragment are a band from Quebec, Canada that plays a neo-classical influenced form of technical death metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Dasein" which will be released in May by Unique Leader Records.
Drum beats and a very fast and technical sound starts off the album along with some blast beats and guitar leads that also demonstrate a great amount of talent and skill and after a few seconds death metal growls make t heir presence known on the recording and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
At times the music can be very brutal and high pitched screams can also be heard in some sections and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and you can also hear a great amount of melody in the solos and riffs and some songs also bring in a small amount of classical guitars.
Bass guitar leads can be heard on some of the tracks and as the album progresses elements of flamenco music can also be heard briefly and there are also a couple of instrumental tracks while on some of the later songs the music starts getting more avant garde and experimental and a lot of the music brings in more of a progressive death metal style and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length and a couple of songs towards the end bring in a small amount of spoken word samples.
First Fragment plays a style of death metal that is very technical, progressive and brutal while also mixing in neo-classical style guitar leads as well as being very experimental which also makes the music sound a lot more original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover metaphorical themes, abstract/expressionistic poetry, and ongoing conceptual saga themes.
In my opinion First Fragment are a very great sounding neo-classical, technical death metal and if you are looking for something that is original, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dasien" "Emergence" "Gulu" and "Evhron". 8 out of 10.