BILOCATE: A BAND TOO GOOD NOT TO WRITE ABOUT
Six times over the past 9 months I’ve received emails from Jordanian metal band Bilocate, several from the band’s bassist Hani Al Abadi himself. I have no excuses, really; I guess I’m just an asshole music journalist. So it wasn’t until Invisible Oranges proprietor and Decibel contributor Cosmo Lee wrote about Bilocate in both publications that I was jolted into realizing that I’d been missing out on a truly talented and worthwhile metal band. Better than a 1950’s Pabst Blue Ribbon commercial. Better than a Bacon Explosion for chrissakes.
… [Bilocate’s] new record Sudden Death Syndrome is atmospheric, Opeth-esque death/doom metal. Not only is the album quality, it also has “hot” names on it: logo by Christophe Szpajdel (Emperor, Borknagar, Moonspell), artwork by Dennis Sibeijn (Chimaira, Job for a Cowboy, the beautiful layout of Neuraxis’ new record), knob-twiddling by Jens Bogren (the latest records by Opeth and Amon Amarth). Why aren’t labels jumping on this??? All it needs is a barcode and distribution. Otherwise, you can find it in all Virgin Megastores – in the United Arab Emirates.
Apparently Cosmo asks and he shall receive; Sudden Death Syndrome is now available in the U.S. through The End Records’ The Omega Order distribution arm. As Lee says, the album is “quality,” and while Bilocate would surely cite Opeth as one of their main influences their music is by no means derivative. If both MetalSucks and Decibel endorsements still aren’t enough for you, peep the track “The Dead Sea” below and listen to more on their MySpace page, then decide for yourself.