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earthtone9 is an alternative metal band hailing from Nottingham, UK. Their line-up on most of their major releases was Karl Middleton onvocals, Owen “Oz” Packard, Joe Roberts on guitar, Graeme Watts on bass and Simon Hutchby on drums (the latter replaced for their final EPOmega by Alex Baker).

Signing to Copro records in 1998, the band’s first major release was the album lo def(inition) discord, which comprised re-recorded songsfrom their two demos with a few new tracks. Although it sounds as punchy as anything else on the British metal underground of the day, thewhole rec ...read more

earthtone9 is an alternative metal band hailing from Nottingham, UK. Their line-up on most of their major releases was Karl Middleton onvocals, Owen “Oz” Packard, Joe Roberts on guitar, Graeme Watts on bass and Simon Hutchby on drums (the latter replaced for their final EPOmega by Alex Baker).

Signing to Copro records in 1998, the band’s first major release was the album lo def(inition) discord, which comprised re-recorded songsfrom their two demos with a few new tracks. Although it sounds as punchy as anything else on the British metal underground of the day, thewhole record was produced on a budget of £500. Their harshest and noisiest recording, it quickly grabbed the attention of the British rockpress, with favourable reviews in Terrorizer and Metal Hammer and a five-star rating in mainstream modern rock bible Kerrang!.

After extensive touring, Discord was followed in 1999 by Off-Kilter Enhancement. Again it was a critical success, but commercialrecognition was limited. The band had more time and money to play with this time, and it is here that the classic et9 sound crystallised -harsh metal inspired by Helmet and Neurosis, mixed with softer textured moments, with Tool-esque dynamics and arrangements, not tomention enigmatic song titles and lyrics (eg. Moe-ra (t-talk), i nagual eye). Barely a year later, after the loss of bassist Graeme Watts, theband delivered their final album - considered by many to be one of the high points of recent british metal, arc’tan’gent was described by et9as the first record they were truly happy with, having for the first time not been rushed in the recording process.

Hopes were high for an American record deal, and it seemed obvious to most that the climate of US radio at the time - very focused on thedominant nu-metal sound - could accommodate the cleaner side of earthtone9’s output. But, ultimately, apart from some minor distributionof their existing material, all attempts fell through. They lost Hutchby, and after struggling through for a couple of years, the band announcedtheir dissolution in early 2002. After their farewell tour their umpteenth rejected demo saw release as the Omega EP, hinting at a moremelodic direction.

All members continued to play in bands - notably, Karl Middleton joined hardcore supergroup The Blueprint, and sings for Twinzero alongsideSi on drums. Owen moved into the industry side of music, while Joe released a few solo mp3’s online before dissaperaing altogether.

In 2004, hi-point (rem) hit the stores which was a remastered version of 2000’s first EP hi-point. In May 2010 the band announced theywere reforming “to play a handful of gigs to remind everyone just how good they were”. A great hits compilation, ‘Inside, Embers Glow…’, wasreleased for free download in July 2010. « hide

Similar Bands: The Blueprint, Twin Zero, Tool, Deftones, Raging Speedhorn

LPs
IV
04/08/2013

3.7
7 Votes
Arc'tan'gent
2000

4.1
25 Votes
Off Kilter Enhancement
1999

3.3
6 Votes
Lo-Def(inition) Discord
1998

3.7
6 Votes
EPs
For Cause & Consequence
2011

3.8
5 Votes
Omega
2002

4.2
11 Votes
Hi-Point
2000

Compilations
Inside, Embers Glow
2010

4.2
5 Votes

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