Official press release:
Portland, Oregon’s purveyors of progressive deathcore, Paragon, are set to release their debut full length album, Dead Planet, on July 22, 2016. Dead Planet, which combines a foundation of deathcore with a mix of ambience, melodic guitar breaks, and heavy groove oriented riffing, was produced and engineered by the band’s own guitarist, Eric Gemme at GemLabs Audio (Extortionist, Navigator, Burdens) in Portland, OR. While both the band and the album started out as a one man project several years ago, Paragon has since evolved into a full fledged band that is fully prepared to bring the aural assault that is Dead Planet to the masses.
Speaking on the band’s behalf, Eric had the following to say about Paragon and Dead Planet:
“After 4 years of writing, reflecting, and refining, I’m happy to say that Dead Planet will finally be released to the public. This CD was written through the absolute worst and best times of my life, and I think the epic, heavy hitting, and groovy riffs translate well throughout. For the lyrics, We wanted to take a more focused approach – from explaining Earth’s position in space and providing different scenes and scenarios on the planet, to our exploration of other places within the universe. We have recently solidified the line-up as a 4-piece, and couldn’t be happier to bring these riffs to life on the stage.”
The band released a pre-production mix of the track “Augmented” back in 2015, which can be streamed below via YouTube. The final version of the track will be available on the full length. I Declare War’s Jamie Hanks and American Me’s Tony Tataje both add to the brutality of Dead Planet, with Jamie making a guest vocal appearance on the title track, and Tony delivering on “Unshakable Faith”.
Pre-orders for Dead Planet, which include T-shirt bundles, are now available for purchase via Paragon’s Bandcamp page.
Dead Planet track listing:
3. “Dead Planet” (feat. Jamie Hanks)
7. “Unshakable Faith” (feat. Tony Tataje)
8. “Gold Digger”
11. “Endless Void”
13. “Truth” (Rooks cover)
Eric Gemme – Guitars, Engineering
Cory Lee – Vocals
Bryton Wilson – Drums
Robert Downing – Bass