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TERATOMA   / Press

“To describe their music, the band makes use of the term “sin-u-tal: an epic clash between a sound that is both sinister and brutal”. Pretty accurate. In layman’s terms, this would be slightly technical Death Metal. Gives me a bit a Deathcore feel too, which is primarily due to the use of those chords of the Devil. It’s covered in groove sauce, as well as aggression gravy, so remove any breakable objects from your immediate surroundings, up the volume and go mental.”

“I checked my inbox this morning and came across an e-mail from a band. This band sent with the e-mail, a professionally produced/directed music video and a press release. I was awe struck. It’s not every day I get e-mails from unsigned bands who have been able to pony up the dough for a music video. I watched the video (see below) and was very impressed. I did, however, have to go to the band’s MySpace page to listen to other songs. I didn’t want one good song make an impression on me and the other songs be not as good. Once again, I was impressed. This band has a very talented vocalist, which was the first thing I noticed. The second thing I noticed were the complex riffing being put out by the stringsmen.”

“If there’s one thing I have a soft spot for it’s local bands with drive and desire, trying to do something for themselves. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Teratoma is a 5 piece that dabbles in what frontman Brian “Batman” Sheehan described to me as Sinutal metal, metal which is both sinister and brutal. The first single and video from their EP Personatropolis is titled “Take Two Of These”. And take two I will because the song is a great slice of progressive technicality (think Sons Of Aurelius) with plenty of death metal riffs that carry a hint of melody thrown in to keep things interesting. The video is pretty damn good too considering the budget.”

"Biggest pleasant surprise of the night came next on the local stage courtesy of a band called Teratoma, who put on an absolutely sick showing of what their frontman Brian described as “Sinutal” metal, being equal parts sinister and brutal. The crowd totally fell for these guys, as did I, while the band used up every inch the secondary stage afforded and then some. Their set was so inspired and passionate that afterward I tracked down the guys for an interview in the bathroom, which will go up in the coming days. Needless to say, if you’re looking for something new and punishing to listen to, you could do far worse than giving these lads a shot."