Tattoos , beards and progressive metal are up on Saturday night when Port Elizabeth band Mezzanine Floor will launch their album, Architecture of Aeons, thanks to a bursary from Concerts SA and a Samro-Norwegian partnership.
The launch, to be held at Pool City in Walmer at 7pm, will see the five-member band return to the stage with their second studio recording, full of progressive, organic and melodic metal.
Since it started in 2010, the band has progressed cautiously, yet confidently, lead guitarist, backup vocalist and song- writer Dylan van der Merwe said.
“With five different and unique musical backgrounds, it’s difficult to put us into a specific alternative genre and in turn does not limit the band creatively.
“The music that’s generated from the band is a powerful combination of old-school metal and new age rock,” Van der Merwe said.
The guys are Kyle Allen on drums, Andre Bentz on rhythm guitar, vocalist Dixen van Onselen, Tyran van der Merwe (Dylan’s brother) on bass and Dylan.
After the launch of their debut album Feed the Machine three years ago, interest in the band grew considerably, and it was invited to perform at Wacken Battle 2014 and Winterfest 2015.
“Afterwards we began working on our second album, which takes everyone on a story-telling journey. We believe interest in our second album will launch the band to higher platforms, with the aim to ultimately play on an international stage,” Van der Merwe said.
“The writing of this album was treated in a gentle manner, with a lot of care and thought going into each piece. We are a dedicated band with a passion for creating special sounds.”
Although he has a heavy hand in the writing process, he said the crew worked together, taking pieces they liked and weaving them together; “each piece is a story in itself, and goes on for as long as the band feels it should, or as long as they enjoy playing it, conventions be damned”.
They will be supported on Saturday at Pool City by two Capetonian bands: Subject to Slaughter and Atlantic South.
Their tour then moves to Cape Town and Stellenbosch, supported by the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism administered by Concerts SA.
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