BIOGRPAHY:(Words by Sirrom) Hailing from a 3rd world country(Philippines), Natal Cleft still managed to make a noise in the international metal scene. They just wanted to share their passion for metal and it all started when they made it to top 1 in metal charts at Signmeto Roadrunner Records. A&R gave them 7 out of 10 and fellow musicians and metalhead fanatics across the globe hailed them as skilled musicians. Some claimed Natal Cleft has an original sound making them apart from other bands. Some touted them as Technical blackdeath metal,others say they are Prog/grind jazz metal. But according to frontman Zeek(this guy has an evil powerful voice, Monte Conner respected his prowess),they call their music as Cerebral metal.Natal Cleft songs are played in international radio and web stations and they have already an international fanbase. Musicians who worked with David Lombardo(Slayer) are also fans of the band and they never hesitated to spread the virus of Natal Cleft. The band was offered to have a European tour with Nightrage, Scar of the Sun, Devastating Enemy and Deadlock but the tour was not realized because Deadlock cant make it.Coheed and Cambria's bassist as well as Sonic Syndicate's vox also appreciated the band. With all these accomplishments eventhough the band is on DIY staff,all they need is a prestigious family to represent them.I know these guys will be amassing album sales. Technically, Natal Cleft means a butt crack but Cleftomaniacs(fans of the band) claimed that its a metaphor that the band KICKS BUTT or shall we say KICKS ASS because of their cerebral original sound.Zeek's powerful dynamic evil voice will haunt your brain cells.While Atan's and Darrs' punishing technical rare riffs will be on a repeat mode in your soul.Rex's bass lines are way way too mature and soothing as well as diabolic.Denden's drumlines are versatile. I have listened to all their songs and each one is a masterpiece.And they are tight live to the point of goosebumps crawling in your existence.Dynamics and always exciting as well as unpredictable patterns.Gifted musicans indeed.The future of SMART METAL is here!Hails NATAL CLEFT! Words of Todd Mendieta(USA/Costa Rica) on Natal Cleft music Great guitar and drum work and sounds very different than the average death metal band around here. Vocals are very high pitched, but I like that only because it is different and I gather thats why A and R rating you so high for your originality. Your drummer fuckin kicks ass! Happy Holidays! You guys must be very tired at the end of your set!lol!You guys have pretty much made the rest of these types of bands look like they just stepped out of their diapers!lol!10/10 from me and a pick in my favorites!Your fuckin video is the shit!!! Love you guys! If A and R don't sign you, then there is no hope for any of us!" TODD MENDIETA HAS BEEN HAILED BY FANS AND CRITICS AS THE NEXT,BIG THING TO HIT THE GUITAR SCENE SINCE VAI, SATRIANI, VAN HALEN, AND HEROES OF THE LIKES. COMPARABLE ONLY IN VIRTUOSO CHOPS AND ABILITY, TODD HAS BEEN CARVING HIS OWN IDENTITY AND STYLE.TODD HAS RECENTLY WORKED WITH FAMOUS ENGINEER, SCOTT HUMPHRIES AND DONE SEVERAL COLLABORATIONS WITH ROB ZOMBIE AND DAVE LOMBARDO, THE DRUMMER FROM SLAYER.TODD HAS BEEN WRITTEN UP IN 2 MAGAZINES,THE ENTERTAINMENT CHRONICLE AND HAS BEEN NOTED AND RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE TOP 10 MUSICIANS AND INSTRUMENTAL SONGWRITERS OF THIS ERA! Randy Malfunctioned Clarinal THE GRAVEROBBER reviewed NATAL CLEFT's songs(Paradise,Particles of Hate,Deceit,Courtezan,Tortured Heaven).Wicked thanks SIR!Here it is if you have time: Who told you Cebu is only synonymous to lechon? Ever heard of Natal Cleft? Psychotechnical Audio Assassins of Cebu. A proper description, and a much more decent one. Like Dying Fetus amalgamated with Revocation and Suffocation with a tiny hint of Necrophagist, Natal Clefts "Particles of Hate" starts with relentless drum virtuosity, owning and raping every technical drummers behind. Somewhat like Dave Culross, this is what I like the most in this track. "Paradise" mosh driving charms pushes every Cleftomaniacs out of their wits to get into the nearest pit. Also a good audible foodies for death metal heads addicted to distorted solos like Dismember while "Tortured Heaven" is Tool having a one night stand with early Mayhem. A bastardized version of two prominent genres, this floats away from any discrepancy. "Deceit" and "Courtezan", definitely this two songs gave them the mark of their own style, I'm seeing this as the foundations of their unique sound, having these prototype songs is paving ways for a new era, and the rising of CEREBRAL metal ( coined by the band ). Genre benders I think. The compositions are somewhat arranged like in an avantgarde fashion because of the proggy elements present and in used. Although progdeathsters like T.O.O.H. are already torchbearers of this style, Natal Cleft manages to develop a one stop shop of eeries, being the Jazz metal monsters of Cebu. 9 putnam heads out of 10.