Buffalo Theory – Skeptic Knight (2016)
Release Date: February 26, 2016
Label & Distribution: Stand Productions
For fans of Down, High on Fire, Kyuss, COC, Carcass, Priestess
Management & booking: Gary Lyons ghoul668[@]hotmail.com
Record company: Stand Productions peter[@]standproductions.com
“If your into Down, Kyuss, Sabbath and many other bands of that nature then you need this album right now. Highly Recommended.” – The Sludgelord
“It’s a wicked combination of the Californian Stoner Metal sound mixed with the more legendary violent NOLA Swamp Metal sounds that we all know and love.” – The Sludgelord
“Straight off the bat these guys prove they are more than capable of rocking the living hell out of good old traditional metal riff.” – Jay from The Burning Beard blog
“Their sound is heavy indeed, along the Black Sabbath lines, with mighty solos, lots of groovy riffs and thunderous rhythms. A great soundtrack for your next sunny car ride.” – Hour
“Get the bombs and weapons ready because Buffalo Theory MTL is coming to your town to stir up a revolution. Highly recommended for fans of Biohazard, Pro-Pain and COC.” – Explicitly Intense
1. Conspiracy in Paranoland (3:45)
2. Punishment (3:09)
3. Get On It (2:59)
4. Skeptic Knight (3:20)
5. Psychic Enclosure (2:37)
EP Length: 15:52
All songs performed by: Buffalo Theory Mtl
All songs written by: Buffalo Theory Mtl
Produced by: Buffalo Theory Mtl & Peter Edwards
Mixed by: Peter Edwards
Mastered by: Peter Edwards
Album Band & Live Line Up:
Anton Parr (Vocals)
Gary Lyons (Bass)
Pat Gordon (Guitar)
Yannick Pilon (Guitar/Vocals)
Brian Craig (Drums)
L-R: Brian Craig (Drums) | Yannick Pilon (Guitar & Back Vocals) | Anton Parr (Vocals) Pat Gordon (Guitar) | Gary Lyons (Bass)
BUFFALO THEORY MTL is a band of beer chugging, heavy riffing fans for the fans. Attributing their name to a scene from the pop culture 80’s TV show CHEERS (Cliff Claven explains the Buffalo theory of beer to his buddy Norm (explanation here.)) and the MTL abbreviation representing their pride for their hometown of Montreal, these seasoned veterans from the Canadian and Brazilian metal scenes are always ready to set the stage ablaze with their stoner / thrash infused metal for beer lovers around the world.
Comprised of members from legendary Quebec bands Ghoulunatics, Les Ékorchés, Arseniq 33 and currently active Vantablack Warship along with vocalist Anton Parr’s experience in thrash bands in Brazil. BUFFALO THEORY MTL’s passion for metal is truly in the blood of this quintet whose past experiences are a combined amount of over 1300 shows, 15 studio albums along with sharing the stage with bands such as Korn, Marilyn Manson, Testament and Suicidal Tendencies.
The band’s first EP ‘Live In Studio’ was released in 2010 and was later followed by their debut full length 2012’s ‘Heavy Ride’ released via Galy Records, which was then followed by their 2014 EP “Murder Trilogy’.
Now in 2016, the band returns with their third EP ‘Skeptic Knight’ set for release on February 26th via Stand Productions.
“We think ‘Skeptic Knight’ is our best material to date and it’s damn heavy as usual. It has a different sounding production that we like a lot. We completed 5 songs for the release. There were lots of riffs just waiting to be completed and it was hard to choose which ones to release first as we are already prepared to unleash another EP by next year to follow it. We always prefer to gather a few good songs and go into the studio being ready to release something new more often, rather than waiting too long for a LP type of setup with 10+ songs.” comments bassist Gary Lyons.
Choosing their artwork once again to be done by Polish graphic designer Darek Kocurek whom designed 2012’s Heavy Ride, BUFFALO THEORY MTL are looking to take their fans to another fantasy world.
“Four of the new songs on ‘Skeptic Knight’ speak about the coexistence of parallel worlds – material and spiritual – and how different individuals go through the trials of life. The exception is Conspiracy in Paranoland, which is a clear reference to how quick some of our idols vanished at a very young age. Victims of the extreme excesses of the rockstar way of life, fueled by ruthless manipulators.” says vocalist Anton Parr.
Musically in this EP each track has its own eclectic flavour / twist, which will appeal highly to fans of Down, COC, Queens of the Stone Age and Black Sabbath. As you listen to their first single ‘Punishment’, you will hear BUFFALO THEORY MTL forge their heavy, energetic metal that’s easy to relate live to the mosh pit.
“We are at our best live. That’s why we do this and the interaction with the crowd plays a big part in our performance. We are a very energetic band that loves what we do and it shows on stage. For us it makes a huge difference when you notice the band is actually having as much fun as the audience.” says Lyons.
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EP Track by track:
- Conspiracy in Paranoland – the particularity about this song is that it was written at the time of our demo CD, in 2010. It was recorded then but we didn’t have time to record the vocals. Therefore, we’ve been playing it live once in a while for the last 5 years (it was also part of the setlist on our 1stshow) and finally got to record a proper version of it! Conspiracy in Paranoland is a 100% pure “vintage BTMTL”!
- Punishment – is the song that has that “Stoner Rock meets Thrash Metal” type of vibe. It will hit your brain as an out of control train and probably be stuck there for a while… it really looks like punishment!
- Get On It – well defined by our drummer Brian as a “sing-along live song”, so… get on it mofos!
- Skeptic Knight – the song starts with a slow and heavy intro (like a heavy war tank trying to climb up a hill), before going back to BTMTL style vicious riffs and sticky choruses.
- Psychic Enclosure – Pat always starts the first riff after stomping his foot for a couple of seconds, so I think this is the song that will make you stomp your feet and bang your head, while trying to impersonate the main character and fighting to get out of a frightening psychic enclosure.
2014 – Murder Trilogy – EP (Triple single) (Self-Release) [Free Download]
2012 – Heavy Ride – Full-length (New songs + remaster of the 2010 release) (Galy Records) [Free Download]
2010 – Live in Studio – Demo EP (Self-Release) [Out of Print]
Shared stage with:
The Atomic Bitchwax, The Naked High, Diamond Head, Skull Fist, Thor, Misery Index, BARF, Insurrection, Iron Giant, Tunguska Mammoth, Squalor, Floating Widget, Tagada Jones
Tours and Festivals:
La Grande Guignolée Underground 2015 (Montreal, QC)
Festival de Musique Emergante 2014 (Rouyn-Noranda, QC)
Trailer Thrash Fest (St-Pie, QC)
Trois-Rivieres metalfest (After party special event)
Grind Your Mind Open Air (DrummondVille, QC)
Corporate sponsors / artist endorsements:
Sonor Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Crânio T-Shirts, Spector basses