Earthtone9 is an alternative metal band from Nottingham, UK. The group's lineup on most of its major releases was Karl Middleton on vocals, Owen “Oz” Packard, Joe Roberts on guitar, Graeme Watts on bass and Simon Hutchby on drums (the latter replaced on Omega by Alex Baker). The band’s first major release was the album Discord, which comprised re-recorded songs from its first two demos with a few new tracks on top. Although it sounds as punchy as anything else on the British metal underground of the day, the whole record was produced on a budget of £500. The group's harshest and noisiest recording, it quickly grabbed the attention of the British rock press. With subsequent
albums, the band had more time and money to play with, which helped crystallize its sound--harsh metal mixed with softer textured moments, coupled with complex Tool-esque dynamics and arrangements.
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