North Carolina based Outliar bring their version of high energy Bay Area inspired thrash metal (Testament, Death Angel, Exodus), along with drawing influence from the death metal (Obituary, Cannibal Corpse) and modern metal (Pantera, Lamb of God) genres which is sure to please most any fan of aggressive music.
Originally formed in Apex in the early 2000’s, the solidified lineup and defined sound was achieved during 2016. At that point in time, Outliar set out to begin growing its’ die-hard fan base by playing regional live shows showcasing their high energy performances. As momentum continued to grow, Outliar realized it was time to record and release their debut, “Taste the Blood”.
By the summer of 2018, Outliar officially released "Taste the Blood", which was engineered by Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me). The album features two video singles, directed by Justin Reich (Black Label Society, Rex Brown, Ace Frehley) for the songs "Where It Ends' and "Pillars". The album also showcases notable guest guitar solos by Steve Smyth (One Machine, Forbidden, Nevermore, Testament) and Petri Kuusisto (Carnal Forge), as well as amazing violin play by Lyris Hung (Hung, Indigo Girls) which can be found on the instrumental track “...As We Watch the Bodies Burn”.
After the successful release of the album, Outliar provided live support for many national recording artists such as Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Obituary, Power Trip, Revocation, Exmortus, Psycroptic, Gorod, Insomnium, Dark Tranquillity, Amorphis, Moonspell, Omnium Gatherum, Gatecreeper, Incite and Oceans of Slumber.
In early 2020, Outliar released an EP entitled “Thrashing the Vault”, yet again enlisting the services of Jamie King, this time boasting a blistering guitar solo from none other than legendary guitarist James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Testament, Disincarnate).
Presently, Outliar fans should look forward to the band continuing to write new material, which continues to build upon the style and strength of their previous releases. Outliar plans on returning to the studio to record and release a new full-length album, expected to be released during 2022.
Photo courtesy of Fon Denton - Image That Photography (2018)
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