Hailing far from the fair weather of California, Quebec’s First Fragment has a self-released EP entitled The Afterthought of Ecstasy. Calling it a powerful debut is an understatement. The band plays hyper technical death metal with a touch of a classical side like earlier Fleshgod Apocalypse (before the onset of the ear-splitting keyboards in every song). First Fragment’s technical prowess is evident and undeniable, and on these 6 tracks they keep the songs tight and interesting. Their influences of neoclassical metal, namely Yngwie Malmsteen, come through quite clearly and fluidly, yet never take away from the Origin level of technicality. The production, usually not a high point on such an affair, is extremely clear without sounding sterile. This is worth your time, and you will most likely be hearing of these guys again in the future, hence it would be a wise idea to take note now so you can tell your friends all about how you heard their first EP years ago.