Saturday, February 13, 2016

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WHAT CAN BE SAID ABOUT SACROSANCT THAT HASN'T BEEN SAID BEFORE AMONG THE LEGION OF UNDERGROUND FANS WHO STEADILY OVER THE YEARS HAVE PICKED UP ON AND DISCOVERED THE BANDS AMAZING LEGACY OF FORWARD THINKING AND THOUGHT PROVOKING METAL, WHICH THEY LEFT BEHIND IN THEIR ALL BUT TOO SHORT CAREER. IN SPITE OF THEIR SHORT LIFESPAN, MUSICALLY THEY ACHIEVED WHAT IT WOULD TAKE OTHER BANDS DECADES TO DO, AND ALTHOUGH THEY NEVER MET WITH THE RECOGNITION OR FINANCIAL SUCCESS WHICH THEY DESERVED, THEY STILL PLOWED ON WITH THEIR CRAFT EXPANDING UPON THEIR CORE SOUND AND TAKING THE LISTNER ALONG ON THEIR MUSICAL JOURNEY. HERE IS A BAND WHO EVERY METALHEAD SHOULD BE AWARE OF ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO LIKE TO GO A LITTLE DEEPER INTO THE BEAST IN SEARCH OF BANDS THAT MAKE TRUE METAL WITH PASSION.  SACROSANCT'S MUSIC BELONGS AMONG THE KIND OF TECHNICAL DEATH THRASH METAL RIFFS THAT MANY BANDS OF THEIR ERA WERE CHURNING OUT, PUSHING THE LIMITS OF WHAT COULD BE DONE WITHIN THE METAL FRAMEWORK. BANDS LIKE DEATH, ATHEIST, PESTILENCE, NOCTURNUS AND CYNIC TO NAME A FEW. I HAD THE GREAT HONOuR AND PRIVILEGE TO PUT MY QUESTIONS TO FOUNDING MEMEBER AND METAL GUITARIST LEGEND RANDY MEINHARD.

TPOTR - How did the band come into being, did you all know each other before forming Sacrosanct?

RANDY MEINHARD - Yes and no. Marco Foddis joined us from the beginning, and as you know he went back to Pestilence after a while. Michel Lucarelli was already active in the Dutch Metal Scene and Milan our first bass player was living over 200 km ago. Nowadays not a problem but you can imagine at that time it was a killer for our plans.

 TPOTR - What were your intentions with the band starting out?

RANDY MEINHARD - For me it was important to live a dream and so it was my priority making music with people that have the same ideas and visions.

TPOTR - What were your influences in the beginning?

RANDY MEINHARD - Oh well, we all had the same taste in music. We were influenced by a lot of Bands and music styles, like Kiss, Guns and Roses, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Queensryche, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Voivod, Infernal Majesty, Death, Venom, Possessed, Testament, Exodus, Metallica, Slayer, Venom just to name a few. So we put our hands on all the big and underground stuff!!

TPOTR - What got you into metal music in the first place and what was it about the sound that attractted you as a quitar player?

RANDY MEINHARD - Space Ace!! I love his character in Kiss and his playing! Later all the great guitar duos you can hear in Queensryche, Exodus, Maiden and so on. Also Players like Marty Friedman, Alex Skolnik or James Murphy but I guess all these influences are hard to hear when you listen to Sacrosanct. But anyway I also love Chucks playing (Death) and his music in general. But there are a lot more to mention…

 TPOTR - The progressive element has always been present in your music since the start, how important was it for you as a band to push the boundries of what was considered metal music?
RANDY MEINHARD - Very important and looking back today on this aspect it sometimes was in parts too much of it. We all often hit our borders of  ability playing some of these parts. Of course thats the way you can develop yourself as a musician, and thats fine. But it was more like we have to prove ourselves and that´s not always a helpful way. Music is not magical because of it´s complexity or it´s musical talent. If it would be like that Players like Marty Friedman. By the way it was an electrifying moment hearing his playing on Dragons Kiss and of course later with Megadeth.

 
 
TPOTR - What was the biggest challenge for the band during your time together?

I guess the same problems most bands have. Money and from time to time personal differences.

TPOTR - After the first album Truth is..What is, there was a major lineup change, what happened and how did this affect the writting and sound of the second album 
Recesses for the Depraved which came out the following year, it seemed nothing could slow the band down as the momentum kept building at least on the music front.

RANDY MEINHARD - Thanx a lot and that´s great to hear. The only constant in the line-up was me. Thinking about this fact…it's maybe not throwing the best light on me as a person. On the other hand in my main business I was responsible for hundreds of people. For me personally a good atmosphere and fairness is above everything, but that will not exclude our personal mistakes. In fact a band is mostly a (serious) hobby and you can decide playing in another band for different reasons, as long as the band is not paying your bills. So of course I still understand all the decisions that lead to the fact of leaving a band.
And to answer more or less your question I have personally enjoyed playing with all these cool people and musicians. Every personnel change had its positive aspects. So that also leads completely by itself to new aspects and influences in the music.
 


TPOTR -  Recesses for the Depraved came out more polished and focused to my ears was this intentional or was it just a natural evolution?

RANDY MEINHARD - Hard to say I guess the truth is in the middle. We developed as a band, we had new members, and it was my wish to let it sound more dark but still thrashy. For that I am still thankful that we had the chance to use one of his great Artworks. R.I.P. H.R. Giger.

TPOTR - Can you give us some insight into the song writting process and how songs were written and developed into what we eventually heard on the albums.

RANDY MEINHARD - I guess like most of the processes at that time. Writing riffs at home, recording these stuff on a tape, rehearsing a lot and putting all these elements together. I came up with most of the riff ideas, and in the beginning also with the lyrics but that developed later. While doing the writing for Tragic, Collin, Michael, Christian and Haico took a big influence on it. Still I had written most of the riffing, but the songwriting itself, soloing, Twin vocals, Bass lines and so on we always did as a band. At that point I like to say that I still have a great contact with Collin and Michael and that everybody has my deepest respect!



 TPOTR - Michael Lucarelli left after Recesses for the Depraved and you brought in Collin Kock for Tragic Intense what were the reasons for the change?

RANDY MEINHARD - To be honest looking back at that time, even if I forgot all the details splitting up, it was surely hard for me, because Michel was a really good friend. On the other hand it was getting clearer that his voice was perfect for singing the Truth and Recesses stuff, but maybe not for singing new songs we did at that time. And before starting writing for Tragic we did 2 completely new tracks called „Quarantine“ and „Mental reincarnation“ and these songs were more or less an in between step, but already showing that we need a more flexible voice from now on.
 
 
TPOTR -  Tragic Intense saw another progression but this time in the music itself with songs becoming longer, slower, darker and all around more moodier, what influenced the change from fast paced thrash to the new more doomier sound showcased on Tragic Intense, did the sound predict the beginning of the end?

RANDY MEINHARD - Yes it was more or less our own prediction. ;) Even if I am doing a bit funny about that you are maybe not far away from the truth. The sound had developed with all the changes of course but also it was clear to us that we would give our best on that album doing something different, also with the look on the whole scene at that time. We got great reviews that still make me proud but on the other hand the album was too far away from what the scene was expecting at that time. Again we had managed sitting between all these chairs.

And today I am proud that you, the fans and even Record Labels come to us and show their respect. Thanx for that!!

 TPOTR - The album was almost a pinnacle for the band were you really started to hone your song writting skills. The album recieved great reviews when it was released but in the end you decided to call it a day, what were the main reasons for this?

RANDY MEINHARD - See some details in the question above. To say it short, we all were a bit sick of the business, and at a certain point you have to make a decision. We all were starting different main jobs that we needed for paying our bills, it just fell apart at one point. And then it´s better to bury a thing than keep it alive artificially. And looking at my personal situation it was a hard but still the best decision.

 TPOTR - I've always been a fan of the artwork for each album and if you could shed some light on each album cover for example how you came to use some Giger artwork for Recesses for the Depraved.

RANDY MEINHARD - I truly don´t know any more how that developed. Christian made the first call and had the honor to talk to H.R. Giger personally. What I can say is that he was really nice to us and supporting our idea at every point.

 TPOTR - How do you think the metal scene has changed from those early days do you think things would be different for the band if you started now?

RANDY MEINHARD - We definitely would never have written Truth, Recesses and Tragic…For over 24 years I also was in my main job very close to the scene, and by the way my taste in music has never changed but of course it developed. As you say not only the scene has changed but also the way of consuming music. Even if the possibilities are maybe better today in relation of publishing, recording or what ever the whole business is much harder. We sold the amounts on demos that some bands are selling today on a whole album. On the other hand our record sales at that time also lead to the
split-up…thats an irony.






 TPOTR - As the main songwriter within the band are there any songs or parts of songs which stand out that you are really proud of?


RANDY MEINHARD - Yes, from Tragic…At least pain lasts, The Breed within and Gathering of the tribes. Still getting goose bumps, very emotional and authentic. Listening to Truth and Recesses…these albums are also
full of cool riffs and we did a lot of weird shredding things on that. Still love it even if its hard pointing out one ore more songs.

TPOTR -  Is there anything you would change on the album if you could?

RANDY MEINHARD - Ah yes, the production on all the albums, and maybe rearrange some parts here and there. And of course the cover on Tragic… ;)

 TPOTR - How did the lyrics tie in with the music and was there any underlining themes or message you tried to convey as a band?

RANDY MEINHARD - Oh, we always had our eyes open in reference of what was going on in the world. And it will mostly does not need a deeper look finding very dark things in our behavior as humans and our history. On one hand I am a very happy person, I love what I am doing but that does not stop me from being very critical in relation to my environment and the society as such. In that sense Stay Tragic! ;)

TPOTR -  What have you been up to musically since the band called it a day?

RANDY MEINHARD - We did a band called Submission, in the beginning together with Martin van Drunen. Death Metal voice, thrash riffs, doom parts and very cool lyrics by Martin. After the he left the band joining Bolt Thrower for a while we were looking for a new singer and developing our style. We signed a Deal with We Bite Records and recorded the „Weltschmerz“ Album but after the insolvency of the label we never had the chance to finish or release the album.

 TPOTR - Are you working on anything musically at the moment?

RANDY MEINHARD - Actually I a playing in a band called The Escape (www.the-escape.de) but thats a Goth rock Band. Quite dark and I am mostly responsible for the rock influences, haha. To be honest its great working with Ingo, he is a great guy and musician, we enjoy playing and our situation that we do not need it for our living. We do live 200 km apart so I am happy that the music is quite simple for me guitar-wise and that we do not have a drummer that would automatically lead into more rehearsing. In the Gothic Scene playing without a drummer is not a problem.

 TPOTR - Have you ever thought about reforming?

RANDY MEINHARD - Yes, of course. But what would be the goal? I am now 48 and I do not want being constantly on the road.
And also it would keep me away from developing my main business. But doing it for fun could be a different thing. We are actually talking to some labels about doing a Re-Release of all the albums. If we do that, we will pack a great bundle for all the Sacros that are still out there. I would love to remix all the albums, but actually we just can get our hands on the Tragic Tapes and on the „Mental Reincarnation“ and „Quarantine“ Recordings I mentioned above. Maybe there is a chance of getting also the Recesses Tapes, but I guess the Truth is tapes are lost somehow. Lets see what we can do!


Stay Tragic and for updates on the band by liking and checking out their offical Facebook page!

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

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Krigsgrav and Giant of the Mountain announce tour sponsored by PureGrainAudio.com


Black metal band Krigsgrav and blackened death metal band Giant of the Mountain are pleased to announce that they have teamed up with PureGrainAudio.com to sponsor their Spring 2016 East Coast U.S. tour. The tour will start in April and span 17 shows in 17 days with audiences being treated to a night of black and death metal mayhem. The tour will be in support of Krigsgrav's upcoming album Waves of Degradation and Giant of the Mountain's forthcoming album.
PureGrainAudio.com CEO Chris Gonda said about the sponsorship: "PureGrainAudio is thrilled to be sponsoring this tour! We love to help gifted, up-and-coming artists and Krigsgrav and Giant of the Mountain are no exceptions. - Chris Gonda, Publisher

Giant of the Mountain said the following about the upcoming tour: "We are very excited to hit the road this spring in support of our upcoming release, The Empty Quarter, on Burning Dogma Records. We are venturing into new territories with new music and we can't wait to share it with you all."
Krigsgrav added: "This is our first ever tour, and we can't wait to spread our music to the masses of the eastern USA! We intend to show people that strong, diverse, passionate music can come from anywhere in this vast country of ours... even TX."

Check out Giant of the Mountain's Bandcamp page here: https://giantofthemountain.bandcamp.com/

Check out Kirgsgrav's Bandcamp page at this location: https://krigsgrav.bandcamp.com/

Krigsgrav/Giant of the Mountain Spring Tour Dates:
 
04/01 - Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
04/02 - Chicago, IL @ LiveWire Lounge
04/03 - Cincinnati, OH @ Rake’s End
04/04 - Buffalo, NY @ The Lair
04/05 - Albany, NY @ The Fuze Box
04/06 - Burlington, VT @ TBA
04/07 - Manchester, NH @ Shaskeen Pub
04/08 - Portland, ME @ Space Gallery
04/09 - Belchertown, MA @ House Show
04/10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Black Bear Bar
04/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
04/12 - Baltimore, MD @ The Depot
04/13 - Richmond, VA @ 25 WATT
04/14 - Chapel Hill. NC @ Local 506
04/15 - Atlanta, GA @ TBA
04/16 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy’s
04/17 - Dallas, TX @ Reno’s Chop Shop



 
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Band: Wehrmacht
Album: Shark Attack
Country: USA

Style: Thrash metal / Crossover
Label: Dead Center productions
Release date: 20 February 2016


"Shark Attack" is a merciless and cult album from American Thrash/Crossover gods Wehrmacht! This time album comes with special things, like lyric's translation into Russian language, filled with some old rare photos, band's liner note etc etc, + this album was remastered.
Limited just to 500 hand numbered copies, so feel free to collect the beers before you'll get this stuff in your hands!

Keep up your eyes for all updates on official Dead Center prods website - www.deadcenter666.com
 



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Seattle's Un to tour US west coast


Seattle doom merchants UN are excited to announce that they will be embarking on a US West Coast tour this spring. The tour will consist of ten shows and include one Canadian stop in Vancouver. The tour will be in support of their critically acclaimed album The Tomb of All Things, which was recently released via Black Bow Records. The band will be joined by the black metal entity known as HISSING who recently released their self-titled EP in June 2015
Guitarist/vocalist Monte Mccleery remarked about the tour:
"We are thrilled to finally be venturing outside of the great Northwest for this string of dates with our friends in Hissing. It's been a long time coming and we are very eager to share our vision with like-minded individuals and hopefully make some new friends along the way!"

Listen to/buy The Tomb of All Things at this location: http://blackbowrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-tomb-of-all-things

UN/HISSING WEST COAST TOUR 2016

3/24          Vancouver BC          Hindenburg
3/25          Seattle WA             Highline
3/27          Eugene OR              TBA
3/28          Sacramento CA        Starlite
3/29          Glendale CA             The Complex
3/30          Long Beach CA         The Que Sera
3/31          Oakland CA              The Golden Bull
4/1            Chico CA                  Cafe Coda
4/2            Portland OR              Highwater Mark
4/3            Olympia WA              Obsidian
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For this week's in the riff we trust we put the all important questions to BlackSmith Legacy!
 
1  THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?          Destroyer- Kiss
 
2  WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?                  Holy Diver- Dio
 
 
 
3  YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?                            Malcolm Young, James Hetfield, Randy Rhoads                 
 
4  WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?                               Malcolm Young!
 
5  THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?            There is so many I can't pick one specific right now 
 
6  THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?                              Master of puppets- Metallica
 
7  THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?                                None
 
8  RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE? -Destroyer- Kiss
                                                 -Highway to Hell- AC/DC
                                                 -Brittish Steel- Judas Priest
                                                 -Restless and Wild- Accept
                                                 -Strong Arm of the Law- Saxon        
 
 
 
9  A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?   Metal Never Dies- Blacksmith Legacy
 
 
10 THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?                  Back in Black- AC/DC
 
11 WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?                           Whithout riffs there is no music!
 
 
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    Producing blackened death metal with progressive and symphonic highlights that sound straight from the depths of hell.  Denver, CO nightmare MARTRIDEN are offering fans a FREE download of the title track from their most recent album 'Cold And Silence' unleashed during November 2015 to follow their previous releases 2010's 'Encounter The Monolith' and 2007's 'The Unsettling Dark' (Candlelight Records).
The track is one of seven off the full length that deals with each telling a story and theme about the insignificance of human life compared to the vast entirety of the universe.
 
FREE DOWNLOAD - 'Cold And Silence' - https://martriden.bandcamp.com/track/cold-and-the-silence 
 
 
 
1. Pendulum (7:47)
2. Cold and the Silence (7:30)
3. Invisible Cities (7:27)
4. The Grey (6:50)
5. Blackened Trees (8:27)
6. Fear and Dread (6:56)
7. Consequence (9:05)
About:
Martriden are an all-American nightmare producing blackened death metal with progressive and symphonic highlights that sound straight from the depths of hell. Established in 2005 in their home state of Montana, USA and now residing in Denver, CO. The band’s name is derived from the Scandinavian word “Maradraum” meaning nightmare. The name is also associated with various folklore of a malignant female wraith who causes what is now known as sleep paralysis.
Their sinister arrangement of black and death metal is influenced by their European counterparts while maintaining distinctly, unapologetic American style. The band draws inspiration from greats like Opeth, Behemoth, and Bloodbath, while crafting their own symphonic elements. Martriden are known for writing soaring tracks courtesy of Shane Howard writing thick guitar riffs paired with his brother Kyle's keyboard and acid gargling vocals. Will Thackeray wraps up each song tightly around his dark guitar riffs for the perfect balance of melody and heaviness. Shane currently records and engineers albums in his Sawn and Quartered Studio and does recording collaborations with Dave Otero at Denver's Flatline Audio Studios.  He has been involved in the recordings of Wayfarer, Satan's Host, Khemmis, and the last two Cattle Decapitation recordings.
 
Following successful US tour dates with the mighty EMPEROR, as well as the release of their 2010 'Encounter The Monolith', 2007's 'The Unsettling Dark' via Candlelight Records and 2006's self-titled EP via SOAR, the band has released their most anticipated album to date: “Cold And The Silence” on November 28th, 2015. Their release is a seven track, full-length album, which compromises nothing in terms of production and depth of story. The album deals with life in general with each song telling a story and themes about the insignificance of human life compared to the vast entirety of the universe.
For more info, please visit http://www.martridenrocks.com.
 
 
 
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L-R - Gabe Tachell - Guitar/Vocals, James Porter - Bass, Carlos Delgado - Drums, Alex Smolin - Guitar - Photo Credit – Megan Treasure - MeganTreasure.com
 


Track Listing of Album: RHINE - An Outsider 
1. Dreaming of Death (11:46)
2. The Spell of Dark Water (6:20) 
3. An Outsider (10:05) 
4. Somewhere (3:59)
5. Paralyzed (10:50)
6. Dissolved in Fire (7:53)
7. P.R.E.Y. (5:31)
8. Into the Unknown (6:34)
9. Shipwrecked In Stasis (3:02)
10. Fragments (8:21)
      It's time to invite that stranger of sound through your door and explore with open ears what they have to offer from Seattle’s experimental prog metal RHINE and their new album 'An Outsider' out now as of February 5th and available on CD and digital download here'An Outsider' is the follow up to RHINE's 2011 debut 'Duality', which was first a solo effort by band founder Gabriel Tachell (guitar and vocals) whom is now joined by Alex Smolin on guitar (ex-Metameric), James Porter on bass (Ideofone), and Carlos Delgado (Inferion, ex-Death Crowned King) to collaborate on this project.
 
A full album stream can be heard at the following links on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
Vocalist/guitarist Gabe Tachell comments about the release: 
"The name An Outsider is about the struggle that comes with being
different, it’s a love/hate situation. You want to shine but you’re
afraid of it at the same time. You want to create trends, not
follow them, but it’s scary to be the first one. It also has to do
with social struggles and always feeling like a stranger.
The album isn’t entirely cohesive though, no song is alike, we experiment a lot with mixing genres. It’s really all over the map emotionally too, not just angry and dark, but sometimes totally ironic or sometimes very deep and inspiring. It mixes in emotions you wouldn’t typically hear on a metal record like joy and nostalgia. The listening experience is a journey that won’t get you worn out on a single emotion, instead it is dynamic like we are as humans.”

Upcoming Shows:
Feb 20 - Seattle, WA - Kraken Bar (CD Release Show) - Event info
About:
Seattle’s Rhine are seamlessly connecting German thrash metal with Swedish death metal much like their namesake, the Rhine River. The founder of the group Gabriel Tachell named it such for its simplicity and as a metaphor for fluidity and change. The band started in 2011 with the release of their first album ‘Duality’ which was at first a solo effort by Tachell (guitar and vocals) and eventually led to a full band. He is now joined by Alex Smolin on guitar (ex-Metameric), James Porter on bass (Ideofone), and Carlos Delgado (Inferion, ex-Death Crowned King) to collaborate on this project.
 
Rhine are primarily producing epic, progressive songs and yet others flow to the mouth of the river where there is a culmination of black, death, and thrash metal, occasionally tinged with classical, folk and other styles. The band has a certain frantic unpredictability in terms of songwriting and structure while the moody vocals gently ride over the extreme precision of the guitar, drum, and bass. The four-piece are experimental in their intentions, yet melodically and rhythmically catchy with the delivery. Tachell is the primary inspiration for the current material, referencing experiences in his life from emotional turmoil, health issues, fairy tales, to dreams of finding corpses floating in a swamp. Their interesting themes and energetic music has been evolving into a unique and distinctive sound.
 
Live, Rhine is an unbridled horse that emotes a nervous uncertainty of what is next compositionally and emotionally. The band bases their performance on the backbone of the band -- guitar, vocals, bass, and drums, and they definitely don’t shy away from the challenges of playing music like this live without the help of backing tracks. Their latest release ‘An Outsider’ is slated for February 5, 2016 and while it may not be heavier than the previous release, it is certainly more advanced in terms of playing, songwriting, vocal performance and production. It includes tracks featuring german lyrics,
completely improvised solos and an overall human-ness that is often lost amongst other high level metal productions in this age of quantizing and autotuning. Rhine are one band that has grown into a machine that is not to be missed.
For more info, please visit www.RhineOfficial.com.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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L-R: Gomorrah Current Line Up | Jeff Bryan (Vocals) | Bowen Matheson (Guitars) Photo Credit - Sheldon Dent
       Kelowna, BC's leading death metal architects GOMORRAH announce they will be hosting a CD release show in Vancouver, BC on February 27th  @ 333 Clark with support from AngelMaker, Wormwitch, Atrous Leviathan and Vermin. Full event details can be found here.
GOMORRAH unleashed their new album 'The Haruspex' on Jan 15, 2016 via Test Your Metal Records to follow up their 2013 debut album 'Perception'. The album is now streaming in full and available digitally plus on CD along with a BastionXGomorrah collaboration long-sleeve T-shirt. To get your copy and listen to the brutality of 'The Haruspex', please visit the following link: http://gomorrahofficial.bandcamp.com/album/the-haruspex 
Guitarist Bowen Matheson comments on the album:
"Jeff Bryan and I recorded the album at my home here in the Okanagan Valley, and we did the absolute majority of the writing in the pre-production and production stages. So much of the material had existed from several years ago, but was completely overhauled and reworked several times to end up in these tracks. We weren't afraid to try things out and work over several revisions, or to take our hands off of a few of the songs that we felt very comfortable with after only the first revision. Jeff wrote the lyrics for the tracks in less than two months, and a lot of them were written and finalized in the vocal tracking stage, in front of the microphone.
We weren't afraid to enable our music with production techniques. Many reviews have figured that we used samples or synthesizers in the songs, however the reality is that all of these droning noises, stutters, and otherwise 'industrial' sounds are actually either electric guitar or bass guitar, and abusing these instruments in front of their amplifiers with only two guitar effect pedals. The rest of these noises you hear are the interaction with the instrument and their environment.
We then delivered all of the tracks to Stuart McKillop of Rain City Recorders for mixing, and he blew us away. It didn't take him long at all to catch onto what we were going for, and his consistency from one track to the next brought the tracks to the highest musical apex they could reach. Brad Boatright of Audiosiege handled the mastering, and he made certain that the product was of the outstanding final production quality for us. Brad has really yielded an outstanding quality for so many other abrasive sub-genres of metal and hardcore and he delivered that exact pinnacle of quality for us on this record as well." - Bowen Matheson
Track Listing: The Haruspex
1. Imperial (1:55)
2. Nine Kings of Sulphur (3:17)
3. Carcosa (2:31)
4. Dismantling The Throne (2:59)
5. Sitra Achra (3:51)
6. Crowns of Flesh (3:50)
7. Cerulean (3:05)
8. Venom and Rapture (4:14)
9. Architects (1:33)
10. The Mark of Veritas (3:40)
Album Length: 30:59
 
About:
GOMORRAH, originally formed in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia as a
black metal outfit in 2006, has now grown into an assaulting death
metal band - ready to unleash their boundary-pushing extreme sound
on their second full-length album. The forthcoming album 'The
Haruspex' is to be released on January 15, 2016 on
Canadian label Test Your Metal Records.
 
“We have stepped up the quality of everything: the pre production,
writing, structuring, lyrics, performances, mix and master have all
been improved. The combination of those improvements translates to
a major difference between our previous recordings, and the single
"A Disaster's Nightmare" - as well as our forthcoming
full-length 'The Haruspex'. Improvement, through effort and
time.” Comments guitarist Bowen Matheson.
 
Their name is associated with a historical reference to a city
mentioned in the Book of Genesis, the Qur'an and Hadith, the
Torah, and the New Testament. The bands music conveys a
claustrophobic animosity, through punishing guitar work, high-speed
drumming, and guttural vocals. The lyrics provide an accessible
gateway into the stories told in each song.
Gomorrah has shared the stage with Suffocation, Cryptopsy,
Archspire, Ancients, Striker, Origin, Beyond Creation, King Parrot,
Ninjaspy, KenMode, Bison BC, The Agonist, Fuck The Facts, The Order
of Chaos, Slumlord, and Fall City Fall.