“I came up with the name Tranzhumanist after reading a bit about Transhumanism. I don’t necessarily consider myself a transhumanist, but I am intrigued at the idea behind it. It also inspired me to feel like this project was an evolution and forward progression of where I have gone musically over the years. My style has gotten much more technical over the years, musically speaking, so I felt this connection with the idea behind transhumanism and how it translates to my personal growth as a musician.” – Bill Sanchez
There has been plenty to be excited about this year. Although my posts have been few and far between, new music has been erupting all across the globe. But among the bigger names (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, TesseracT, etc.) it is easy for many lesser-known groups to be somewhat lost in the mix. We know by now that Australia has plenty of incredible talent, but many of my favorite US bands have been fairly quiet recently. That can only mean that a lot is on the horizon, and as we linger into the second half of 2013, I must give credit where credit is due.
Ever since Tool changed the way I view music (and much more for that matter) I have worked hard to build my music library with many bands who have found similar inspiration in Tool as I have. Toward the beginning of that search, and more by accident than anything, I stumbled across a band called Ceterum. I have written about them before and made it known that they continue to be one of my all-time favorite bands. Clearly Ceterum garners plenty of inspiration from Tool, but they have found a perfect way to carve out their own brilliant sound. They have released an EP and a full length album called Fathom which I believe has the potential to be a favorite in any Tool fans’ collection.
Unfortunately, Ceterum is on an extended hiatus, and at the moment it looks like it could be a long while before the band makes any particular next move. The good news is that two of the founding members, Bill Sanchez and Jason Broussard, have been hard at work to create not one, but two incredible new projects. The first I have already written about and is called Archetypes. As hinted by the title, the new project has been given the title Tranzhumanist. Although Archetypes developed earlier on, Tranzhumanist is progressing at a steadier pace. There are already five members as a part of the project, and according to Sanchez, they will be joining together this November to record their debut EP.
So far, Tranzhumanist has released a single track – “Still Image.” It gives a good idea of the direction the band will be taking and demonstrates their future potential as well as Sanchez’ brilliant musicianship. Sanchez, who founded the project and did much of the writing for Ceterum, did all the tracking himself and even initially programmed the drums. When the group gets together and begins the official tracking for the EP, “Still Image” will be re-recorded and each member will contribute to their respective role.
Possibly what I’m most excited for as Tranzhumanist unfolds is to see how Bill Sanchez takes on the role of vocalist for the band. As if there’s anything he can’t do already… Yes, you read correctly. Not only does Sanchez dominate on guitar and bass… He also has some truly amazing pipes. And although bits and pieces of Ceterum’s writing style will be evident in Tranzhumanist (which I’m definitely not complaining about), Sanchez’ vocals will give the project a very different perspective and a whole new vibe.
It’s hard to say when we’ll be hearing the next update from Tranzhumanist, but their EP is one of my most anticipated releases of 2014. I’m sure a video or two from the studio will be released before the year is out, and if heavy music is what tickles your fancy, I can guarantee you won’t want to miss what’s in store.
To tide you over…
- Buy Ceterum‘s album, Fathom, if you haven’t already. You’ll wonder how you’ve gone so long without hearing such sheer perfection.
- Look into Archetypes and listen to their demos, recorded by Bill Sanchez and Jason Broussard. Possibly the project will come to life sometime in the next few years as well.
- If you’re interested in hearing more samples of Bill Sanchez’ vocals, check out his project called op·aq·ue. Clearly he has what it takes to be up there with any other vocalist in the industry.
Bill Sanchez – Vocals
Jason Broussard – Drums / Percussion
Brandon Owen – Guitar
Elijah Kahwagi – Bass
Josh Lopresto – Guitar
For Fans Of:
Heavy Progressive, Alternative Rock/Metal
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Tool / Ceterum / Archetypes / op·aq·ue