HistoryThis Paris-based techno-thrash metal (later djent and even prog rock) band was named Overlander for four years before acquiring its current monicker in 2002. The demo The Source Of All Creation followed. Thundering signed the band and issued the band’s debut. Peraudeau left upon recording the sophomore record and is replaced by Di Rienzo. Awaken The Reason was recorded in 2010. After three albums on three labels the band quit in 2013, but not before offering a free download of MP3s it called Circles Of Motion before its third album, which was a year late.
The group opened for the likes of Aborted, Therion and Dew-Scented.
OUTCAST - FIRST CALL / LAST WARNING - MANITOU/THUNDERING
Here is an album worthy of the 'thundering' adjective. This particular Outcast is a new name to this metal lover, but rest assured that the young band has its chops down and dirty. Half Bay Area thrash metal and half techno-thrash, the French quintet amazes the fan by mixing a diverse array of riffs and melodies to deliver a surprising number of terrific parts. There are some hardcore leanings here, especially with vocalist Wilfried Fagnon yelling, and simpler interludes, but these are surrounded by stimulating thrash and embellished by magnificent guitar solos. In fact, the proficient and smooth guitar leads are one of Outcast's main advantages. There are a couple of slow songs and sampled bits and the aforementioned hardcore leanings, yet Outcast is an exciting new entry in the metal sweepstakes. The band is aggressive enough to prove it means business, fast enough to drive right through your front door and musical enough to stake a place in your cranium. - Ali "The Metallian"