Biography

BIONATOPS is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Joseph Spiller (ex-System Divide, Caricature, The Binary Code, Too Late The Hero), serving as a way to free himself of writer’s block and to break the tension of writing serious music within his other acts. While the music is designed to be thematically lighthearted and fun, the songs are still crafted with serious musicianship that doesn’t rely on editing tricks. Spiller, who records all guitars, bass, vocals, and other instrumentation, is joined by drummer and percussionist Jeff Willet (ex-Black Crown Initiate).

The proper BIONATOPS debut album Voices deploys an incredibly unique sound, with progressive and technical metal elements merging with spastic alternative rock. While brutal and jagged elements of metal acts like Revocation, Psyopus, and The Dillinger Escape Plan flow heavily in the band’s deep grooves, an undeniable influence of Primus as well as Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, and all things Mike Patton can be heard in every movement of Voices. With eleven intense and diverse tracks recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joseph Spiller, who also handled all art and video work for the record, Voices is a G-rated, family friendly album about a lovable schizophrenic southerner who tells tales of his life that may or may not be true while interacting with other voices in his head that might not even be in his head.

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Full Album Stream: Bionatops – “Voices” – Decibel Magazine

“If you’ve ever wondered what a high-speed collision between Revocation and The Dillinger Escape Plan plus any or all of Mike Patton’s musical endeavors would sound like, look no further than BIONATOPS. The duo, signed to notoriously odd label Nefarious Industries, warp progressive and technical metal into something highly unique, telling the story of a schizophrenic southerner. Combining intense technical metal with unorthodox voices and a happy-go-lucky sense of humor, Voices exists in a unique territory that very few bands successfully operate in.” – Decibel Magazine

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BIONATOPS: Voices Full-Length By Bizarre Metal Duo Streaming At Decibel Magazine; Album Out Friday Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

As BIONATOPS prepares for the release of their Voices debut through Nefarious Industries this Friday, Decibel Magazine is displaying the entire conceptual escapade to the masses ahead of schedule.

BIONATOPS creator/instrumentalist Joseph Spiller (ex-System Divide, Caricature, The Binary Code, Too Late The Hero) is joined by drummer Jeff Willet (ex-Black Crown Initiate) delivering boldly bizarre mutation of progressive, technical, and overall plainly odd metal on Voices.

Says Decibel with their advance stream of Voices, “If you’ve ever wondered what a high-speed collision between Revocation and The Dillinger Escape Plan plus any or all of Mike Patton’s musical endeavors would sound like, look no further than BIONATOPS. The duo, signed to notoriously odd label Nefarious Industries, warp progressive and technical metal into something highly unique, telling the story of a schizophrenic southerner. Combining intense technical metal with unorthodox voices and a happy-go-lucky sense of humor, Voices exists in a unique territory that very few bands successfully operate in.”

Stream BIONATOPS’ intense and curious Voices early at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Voices through all digital providers and a limited run of CDs this Friday, September 22nd; find preorders HERE.

Spiller offers, “Putting Voices together instrumentally was a ton of fun. Whatever happened was basically kept on the record, so when all of that was finished, it only felt right to have some really wacky vocals. I have always been a fan of anything Les Claypool, Mike Patton, or Frank Zappa. They always threw things in different directions but [for the most part] keep it profanity free and the hope is that maybe this stuff keeps that fun feel to music going. The record is basically about a fun-loving scamp that could be from any rural area who just happens to hear voices that may or may not be real. Rather than him going dark and demented, he just has fun with it and joins the party. After working on the upcoming album The Fiction We’ve Become for my other band Caricature, which is all fairly serious subject matter, this was the reminder to always indulge in the fun stuff as well and I hope the BIONATOPS record finds its place being just that for others: A brief escape from the seriousness of the world we live in and a journey into something wacky and fun. Plus, Jeff shredded the heck out of those drums, and I get a kick out of hearing how it all comes together.”

Watch for more new videos from Voices, tour dates for BIONATOPS’ upcoming East Coast fall tour with Spiller’s other outfit, Caricature, and more to be issued shortly.

BIONATOPS’ proper debut, Voices deploys an incredibly unique sound, with progressive and technical metal elements merging with spastic alternative rock. While brutal and jagged elements of metal acts like Revocation, Psyopus, and The Dillinger Escape Plan flow heavily in the band’s deep grooves, an undeniable influence of Primus as well as Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, and all things Mike Patton can be heard in every movement of Voices. With eleven intense and diverse tracks recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joseph Spiller, who also handled all art and video work for the record, Voices is a G-rated, family friendly album about a lovable schizophrenic southerner that tells tales of his life that may or may not be true while interacting with other voices in his head that might not even be in his head. Spiller, who records all guitars, bass, vocals, and other instrumentation, worked on BIONATOPS’ Voices while simultaneously writing the new album for his other band, Caricature, which took five years to complete and will also see release this year.

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BIONATOPS: Toilet Ov Hell Debuts New Track By Quirky Prog/Tech Metal Duo; Voices Full-Length Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

Toilet Ov Hell is now hosting a premiere of “The Great Pancake Massacre Of 1957,” the latest burst of auditory madness from BIONATOPS and the outfit’s curious Voices debut.

Voices sees BIONATOPS creator/instrumentalist Joseph Spiller (ex-System Divide, Caricature, The Binary Code, Too Late The Hero) and drummer Jeff Willet (ex-Black Crown Initiate) delivering boldly bizarre mutation of progressive, technical, and overall plainly odd metal.

“When that AM hankering comes a callin’, sometimes you make bad choices,” Spiller issues of the track. “This is a song about that… sort of. This would be our narrator through the journey that is Voices, recalling his firsthand account of an event that happened at least thirty to fifty years before he was born and having a great time. I can’t listen back to this song without cautiously craving delicious pancakes and other breakfast delights.”

With the new BIONATOPS track, Toilet Ov Hell offers,” the band bobs and weaves between quirky and diabolical. Their new album Voices is like a wink and an evil grin that slowly morphs into a grimace. Today, we’re happy to premiere the band’s song ‘The Great Pancake Massacre of 1957’. It’s a groovy banger that slowly creeps up your spine and lays eggs in your brains. Those eggs would probably go well with the massacred pancakes and some hash browns. If you dig Tomahawk, Faith No More, or really anything Mike Patton does, you’ll love this song.”

Hear BIONATOPS’ “The Great Pancake Massacre Of 1957” at Toilet Ov Hell RIGHT HERE.

Also stream the title track “Voices” at Metal Injection HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Voices through all digital providers and a limited run of CDs on September 22nd; find preorders HERE.

Watch for several videos from the Voices full-length, as well as dates for BIONATOPS’ impending East Coast fall tour with Spiller’s other outfit, Caricature.

The proper BIONATOPS debut, Voices deploys an incredibly unique sound, with progressive and technical metal elements merging with spastic alternative rock. While brutal and jagged elements of metal acts like Revocation, Psyopus, and The Dillinger Escape Plan flow heavily in the band’s deep grooves, an undeniable influence of Primus as well as Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, and all things Mike Patton can be heard in every movement of Voices. With eleven intense and diverse tracks recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joseph Spiller, who also handled all art and video work for the record, Voices is a G-rated, family friendly album about a lovable schizophrenic southerner that tells tales of his life that may or may not be true while interacting with other voices in his head that might not even be in his head. Spiller, who records all guitars, bass, vocals, and other instrumentation, worked on BIONATOPS’ Voices while simultaneously writing the new album for his other band, Caricature, which took five years to complete and will also see release this year.

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Premiere: BIONATOPS – ‘The Great Pancake Massacre of 1957’ – Toilet Ov Hell

“The ground was soaked in syrup, that day. […] a groovy banger that slowly creeps up your spine and lays eggs in your brains. Those eggs would probably go well with the massacred pancakes and some hash browns. If you dig Tomahawk, Faith No More, or really anything Mike Patton does, you’ll love this song.” – Toilet Ov Hell

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Thank Satan It’s Friday: Mechanical Triceratops! – The Pop Break

“Let’s kick this week off with something that sounds like if Primus were a death metal band, yeah? […] The project is meant to be a simultaneous descent into a fun version of insanity, and a break from all the crazy shit that’s going on in the world today… and BIONATOPS nails it. Not to mention the music is incredibly well-executed, the vocals are super diverse, and the heavy parts are not even considering fooling around for one single second. Fun? Yes, but that doesn’t mean this duo isn’t putting 110% into it.” – The Pop Break

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BIONATOPS: Title Track To Voices Full-Length By Bizarre Prog/Tech Metal Act Playing At Metal Injection – Earsplit Compound

With the Voices debut album from bizarre prog/tech metal act BIONATOPS set for September release through Nefarious Industries, the title track to this demented spectacle has been immortalized in society through a Metal Injection-hosted debut.

Voices sees BIONATOPS creator/instrumentalist Joseph Spiller (ex-System Divide, Caricature, The Binary Code, Too Late The Hero) joined by drummer Jeff Willet (ex-Black Crown Initiate) creating a boldly bizarre mutation of progressive, technical, and overall plainly odd metal.

Metal Injection refers to BIONATOPS as an, “extremely strange and ridiculously catchy group,” noting that the “Voices” track, “is just totally nuts. Some of the vocals make you feel like you’re listening to an old school Primus song (as does the rest of the album), while some sections are just stupid heavy.”

Experience the whiplashing oddity of BIONATOPS’ “Voices” RIGHT HERE.

Offers Spiller, “So the first song droppola of the Voices album is the title track… imagine that! I feel that if you are going to do a heavily themed album then it’s probably best to use the intro and first song to set up that theme/concept. And since this is the first record introducing what BIONATOPS is, I felt I had to double down. The album is from the point of view of a lovable hill folk kinda guy that may or may not be hearing things that are not there and may or may not be telling the truth with his stories. He isn’t sure either. This is the gateway drug to a land of a guy that walks through life to his own beat and is just out there to have fun. The gravity of what is going on in our world is not lost on me, but sometimes we all just need a break from that serious and losing your mind to disconnect with reality to a more fun one seems more and more appealing by the day. This record is meant to be fun at all levels.”

Nefarious Industries will release Voices through all digital providers as well as a limited run CD on September 22nd; find preorders HERE.

Watch for several videos from the Voices full-length and more to be announced in the weeks ahead, as well as dates for BIONATOPS’ impending East Coast fall tour with Spiller’s other outfit, Caricature.

The proper BIONATOPS debut album Voices deploys an incredibly unique sound, with progressive and technical metal elements merging with spastic alternative rock. While brutal and jagged elements of metal acts like Revocation, Psyopus, and The Dillinger Escape Plan flow heavily in the band’s deep grooves, an undeniable influence of Primus as well as Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, and all things Mike Patton can be heard in every movement of Voices. With eleven intense and diverse tracks recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joseph Spiller, who also handled all art and video work for the record, Voices is a G-rated, family friendly album about a lovable schizophrenic southerner that tells tales of his life that may or may not be true while interacting with other voices in his head that might not even be in his head. Spiller, who records all guitars, bass, vocals, and other instrumentation, worked on BIONATOPS’ Voices while simultaneously writing the new album for his other band, Caricature, which took five years to complete and will also see release this year.

Music, Video

BIONATOPS’ (Ex-BLACK CROWN INITIATE, CARICATURE) New Song Will Make You Hear “Voices” – Metal Injection

“We’ve been given the privilege to stream the title track off the album, which is just totally nuts. Some of the vocals make you feel like you’re listening to an old school Primus song (as does the rest of the album), while some sections are just stupid heavy.” – Metal Injection

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BIONATOPS: Schizophrenic Prog/Tech Metal Act To Release Voices Through Nefarious Industries In September; Trailer Issued – Earsplit Compound

Nefarious Industries presents the noxious new Voices album by BIONATOPS, the outfit producing a boldly bizarre mutation of progressive, technical, and categorically odd metal. A brief glimpse into the mutant output of the duo’s new wares has been issued through a brief trailer ahead of the record’s September release.

BIONATOPS is the brainchild of Joseph Spiller (ex-System Divide, Caricature, The Binary Code, Too Late The Hero), the act serving as a way to keep himself free of having writer’s block, and to break the tension of writing serious music within his other acts. While the music is designed to be thematically lighthearted and fun, the songs are still crafted with serious musicianship that doesn’t rely on editing tricks. Spiller, who records all guitars, bass, vocals, and other instrumentation, is joined by Jeff Willet (ex-Black Crown Initiate) who adds the drums and percussion to the BIONATOPS attack.

The proper BIONATOPS debut album Voices deploys an incredibly unique sound, with progressive and technical metal elements merging with spastic alternative rock. While brutal and jagged elements of metal acts like Revocation, Psyopus, and The Dillinger Escape Plan flow heavily in the band’s deep grooves, an undeniable influence of Primus as well as Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, and all things Mike Patton can be heard in every movement of Voices. With eleven intense and diverse tracks recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joseph Spiller, who also handled all art and video work for the record, Voices is a G-rated, family friendly album about a lovable schizophrenic southerner that tells tales of his life that may or may not be true while interacting with other voices in his head that might not even be in his head. Spiller worked on BIONATOPS’ Voices while simultaneously writing the new album for his other band, Caricature, which took five years to complete and will also see release this year.

Get a mild dose of the absolutely engrossing lunacy of BIONATOPS’ Voices with the new album trailer below:

Nefarious Industries will release Voices through all digital providers as well as a limited run CD on September 22nd; watch for audio samples, preorders, and more to be dispatched shortly.

BIONATOPS is also booking an East Coast fall tour with Caricature.

Voices Track Listing:
1. IntroVAINous
2. Voices
3. Soured
4. From Prehistoric To Pillow
5. Groundskeeper vs. Gopher
6. The Great Pancake Massacre Of 1957
7. No Safe Harbor For Thieving Seals
8. drummerboy #1
9. Ingrate
10. Perforate
11. Does It End Or Begin?

BIONATOPS:
Joseph Spiller – Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Jeff Willet – Drums

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