Pathology, the band that cannot be stopped from releasing one new album every single year, are eyeing up plans for a new record in 2014. Unlike previous outings however, that saw the band release through both the blood-splattered hands of Sevared Records and the glitter-sparkled gnarled claws of Victory Records, they’ve decided to go it alone and self-release the new record through the help of Kickstarter.
Brutal death metal band Pathology — who have notoriously changed lineups and labels like underwear — must have decided to forgo the trouble of hunting for a new label, as they’ve announced plans to start their own label, Pathology Music, in 2014.
The most prolific band in death metal is back. Pathology, who so far have managed an album every year for the last four years, have begun the build up to the release of Lords Of Rephaim. This marks their first release for Sevared Records, closing the chapter on their time at none other than Victory Records. The band have released the first track in support of the album by the name of ‘Empire‘, which can be streamed via their website here or in the video below.
Apparently this news is two months old, but I’m only just recently hearing about it! I suppose that’s what happens when you go from a label with the marketing power of Victory Records to a tiny indie label. Pathology, possibly the most well known slam act, will be releasing a new album titled Lords of Rephaim this September!
Katalepsy are the type of band that you will have heard before, even without listening to them. You can probably tell that from the name and artwork, but, in addition, brutal slamming death metal out of Moscow, Russia can only bring with it so many surprises and Autopsychosis is not exactly filled with them. Opener ‘Lurking In The Depth‘ bursts through the speakers in a flurry of blasts, riffs and sludgy bass in a way that easily channels and matches the ferocity of their contemporaries like Krisiun and Vital Remains, before ‘Cold Flesh Citadel‘ shows up and gives away just exactly how competent this band really are, as they effortlessly meander through a combination of mid-paced slams and fret-board abusing riffs that would give even the mighty Pathology a run for their money. From there on, the album progresses much in the same way, injecting a deep foundation of groove into brutal death metal that relentless assaults, only ever really drawing breath for the subdued interlude of ‘Needles Of Hypocrisy‘. However, as standard and as unexciting as that description may appear to be, Autopsychosis is far from boring. The band has an undeniable knack for crafting infectious and brutal riffs and ideas, that could easily appeal to even the most jaded death metal fan and much of the weight behind Autopsychosis is carried by that fact alone. So while they’re not pushing any boundaries, Katalepsy have created an extremely solid death metal record and that much alone can be respected. - DL
I discovered Memfis based solely on the sweet, sweet artwork their 2011 release Vertigo had. I’ll give you a moment to wrap your brain around that geometric, pattern-laden nightmare. Got it? Alright. Vertigo is a sick blend of progressive tendencies, hardcore punk, groovy old school rock, and even a little keyboard-driven ambiance… because when you’re that talented, why the hell not? They’ve been hinting at some new material via pictures of them in the studio since late 2012, which leads me to assume they’ll be unleashing Dr. Memfistein’s monster on the world soon enough. I’d love to see them ramp it up to a whole new level of pure insanity for this record and finally get the recognition they deserve. Clue in to odd world of Memfis here on their Facebook.
O hay, it’s The King Of Procrastination! I’ve been letting the world of music pass me by the past couple of months as I’m creating my website and writing my horror novel and almost let the top of the year list slip by me. Luckily, Riddick the Cat called me up yesterday and told me to get the hell to work with this because I’m a “better interest to him than the human he lives with.” So there’s that. But, why shall we be bound to doing a list in a multiple of five? “Nay,” says Deadite, “Let’s beat the system and do eleven top albums of the year!” So dark, edgy, and kvlt.
Earlier this year, we attempted to get burgeoning progressive death metal group Fallujah onto the Summer Slaughter Tour and urged all of you to vote for them. Unfortunately they didn’t make it and were edged out by Cerebral Bore, but they did wind up on Slaughter Survivors tour alongside Pathology. Close enough, and them being on the poll and getting such high numbers in the first place earned the band a legion of new fans! Their debut album The Harvest Wombs became a surprise hit with us when it dropped late last year and still gets the odd spin or two. We decided to reach out to the band’s frontman Alex Hofmann to get his take on this year’s new music. His selections may surprise you!
I’m Alex, the Vocalist for Fallujah from San Francisco. 2012 was an awesome year for new records; in my own personal sense it was a great year for non-metal records. Nearly everything that really stuck with me was from alterior genres.
“Who will be the fourth man?” reads the caption of this photo on Aegaeon‘s Facebook page. If you haven’t been in the loop with these guys over the past few months, they’ve lost frontman Jim Martin, who still remains one of my favorite vocalists in any metal band to date. More importantly for the continuation of these upcoming metal titans, who’ll replace Martin’s sub-sonic growls in Aegaeon? Well as far as I’m concerned, look no further than Pathology‘s Jonathan Huber.
Huber was supposed to fill in with Aegaeon as their vocalist for a Canadian tour that was unfortunately cancelled. This would lead me to believe that at the the band thinks he’s capable of the job, which he absolutely is. Don’t believe me? Observe the footage of Huber and Aegaeon very loudly demolishing the entire universe below during rehearsals.
If I were to base this entire article off just that video, it would be the shittiest speculation this site has seen to date. In order to help you see what I’m seeing, head on over toPathology’s website and click on the section that deals with the band members. Where’s vocalist Jonathan Huber? Just to be sure it isn’t an error on the site or something of that nature, their Facebook page is displaying the exact same information.
I’m well aware that the band were holding video tryouts for the frontman spot, and as of October 15th posted a picture of them actively watching the videos on their Facebook page. This was also the last time they posted about checking out the audition material, which is roughly around the time they had started practicing with Jonathan Huber for the cancelled Canadian tour. Keep in mind that Aegaeon and Pathology have also been tour mates on the Slaughter Survivors Tour this summer, which means they’ve had more than enough time to be around each other and get a feel for personalities during a tour cycle.
Oh, and then there’s the rumor that Pathology are taking a break from touring right now, or at least playing very few shows. The only one scheduled right now is for December 23rd, which marks their first show since August 19th. The last date of the Slaughter Survivors Tour. Could this be due to a lack of vocalist? I guess we’ll find out in the coming months (or weeks. My guess is as good as yours).
The bottom line is that I really, desperately hope I’m right about this.
Pathology is one of the most well known bands in the love-it-or-hate-it slam metal genre. Partly because they rose to gain the respect of thousands in the underground with their no gimmicks brutality and partly because they got signed to Victory Records and have started reaching a much wider audience. The new album, The Time Of Great Purification, is one of the greatest slam releases ever. Dave talks a bit about the recording process, Slaughter Survivors, and what a dream slam tour would consist of.
Let’s talk about the new album. What is the meaning of the album title The Time Of Great Purification?
This album is about the end of the world. The title and the art represent how the earth gets Destroyed on Dec 21st 2012. This album talks about that and other conspiracies.
Now I did like Awaken To The Suffering, but the new album is leaps and bounds greater in every way. What sort of new influences did you all have when it came down to writing this album?
We all had different influences. During the recording process I would say for myself, I would listen to a lot of the new Morbid Angel. The actual songs, not the techno stuff. I don’t know, that stuff got me real inspired. I also listened to a lot of Bad Religion.