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To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice | Sept. 6 | Century Media Records
RIYL: “The Wicker Man.” “24.” John Cougar Mellencamp.
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Trafficking in sonic violence is not exactly a new idea for an extreme metal band, but there’s something gleefully masochistic about Vitriol’s debut that elevates the music well beyond aural torture porn.
To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice is purely enjoyable, well-crafted post-Morbid-Angel-style death metal in large part because of how adept Vitriol are at creating catchy violence that leaves a mark. Vocalist and guitarist Kyle Rasmussen nails this dichotomy.
“I’ve endearingly referred to Vitriol’s approach as ‘musical waterboarding’ on many occasions,” he shares. “The specific goals of each song vary, but ensuring that the listener is always on the edge of being overwhelmed is an aspect of our sound that we try to preserve in all of our music. We want to be able to overstimulate even the most experienced listener of extreme music while maintaining an anthemic quality that causes them to return. We want it to hurt so good.”
Sometimes love don’t feel like it should, but Vitriol sure know how to make death metal hurt so good.
Top photo by Charlotte Little Wolf