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Chronologist’s Jim Schaefer Showcases His Skills with Bass Play Through of “Guacaracha”

Austin Metal crew Chronologist has released a unique bass play through of their song “Guacaracha” by bass player Jim Schaefer, off of their 2016 Cartographer LP.

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Chronologist is an instrumental progressive metal band based out of Austin, TX.

The group began as a small group of friends that would regularly get together to jam and discuss all things music, movies, video games, or their shared love of food. Though the collective found they had many things in common, their diverse range of musical backgrounds led to them creating a unique approach to songwriting and performing metal music. As the group got together to write and craft their version of progressive metal more and more, the decision was made to turn their collaboration into a fully-fledged musical effort.

The band began to make a name for themselves after the release of their 2014 instrumental demo. The release of this demo allowed the band to begin performing regularly in and around the Boston area of Massachusetts where the band was originally formed at Berklee College of Music. Initially the demos were released in an effort to find a permanent vocalist for the band, but as their regular performances continued many people began to embrace them as an instrumental group and encouraged them to continue on as such. The success of these shows led to the band releasing their single demo “Sky Garden” in late 2014 which was the first time the band had released something that was intended to be heard as an entirely completed instrumental work.

After the resoundingly positive public response to their previous two releases, Chronologist began to expand their performance reach to the greater New England area for the rest of 2014 and early 2015 while at the same time continued writing new music behind the scenes. In the summer of 2015, the band started to formulate plans of a professional career.

Late 2015 marked the beginning of work on the band’s first full-length album Cartographer. The idea behind the album was to rerecord the previously released demos with better production, added features, and live drums as well as including four new songs written in the beginning time period of the band. The record was for the most part self produced but in an effort to take the record to a higher level Chronologist elected to have the album mixed and mastered by renown producer Jamie King (Between The Buried and Me, Scale The Summit, The Contortionist, and more) and to hire Evan Sammons (drummer of Last Chance To Reason) to help with additional production and drum tracking.

The album was worked on for the rest of 2015 and the majority of 2016. While the band was wrapping up work on the album, they were also performing the songs that would appear on the album live on their regularly scheduled shows around New England and on their first tour that took them around the entirety of the Northeastern region of the U.S. After that tour, the band came to the decision that a major move was needed in order to pursue a professional career being that none of the members were originally from the greater Boston area. They elected to relocate to the greater Austin, TX area and permanently moved there in the fall of 2016 where the band has begun performing regularly.

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