Live in The Atrium: DEVASTATION ON THE NATION TOUR III
Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth
Rivers Of Nihil, the zenith passage, Visceral Disgorge, SEEKER, Gloom
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
This event is 16 and over
Reinstating all hope that there is still life and creativity in the realm of death metal, the members of Montreal's Cryptopsy aren't out to fool anyone with their music or songwriting. The band strives to completely indulge themselves in and explore one musical characteristic, sheer brutality. Possessing the technical aspects that most of the scene's giants can only hope to achieve, Cryptopsy heave a mighty load of harsh grind that is overwhelming to fans of noise and crust as well as death metal. Garnering an incredible underground following in the last few years, especially in Europe, these guys relentlessly search their creative realms for expansion of their devastating music, and their first two albums have set standards in this overcrowded scene. As if Cryptopsy haven't already done enough to separate themselves from the normal ranks, the band are set to unleash their third monstrous and most vital album, Whisper Supremacy. On the heels of their 4-song Ungentle Exhumation demo, the band released their Blasphemy Made Flesh debut in May of 1994 on Germany's Invasion Records. Licensed later by Displeased Records, Blasphemy... forced its way into the underground, and Cryptopsy soon became known for their highly-damaging sound and sadistically perverted lyrics. After a three-month Canadian tour in the summer of '95, Sweden's Wrong Again Records quickly signed the band, and in early '96 released their 8-song, aptly-titled second album, None So Vile. Produced masterfully by the band and Obliveon guitarist Pierre Remillard, None So Vile upped the ante for Cryptopsy and further established them as one of the most relentless and brutal bands on the planet. After another successful short tour of Canada, the band lost original vocalist Lord Worm to a stable job with a beer company, but not before Worm's hand-picked replacement Mike DiSalvo (ex-Infestation) could step in and expand the vocal extremities of the band. Mike's capabilities and on-stage presence are the perfect compliment to the band's chainsaw-like dirges, and the music's potency is now twice the level it was before. Realizing that the band and their music needed to reach a much wider and vast audience, Century Media Records signed Cryptopsy to a world-wide contract in 1998. Having the largest attendance and the most support on the Rave stage at 1997's Milwaukee Metalfest, Cryptopsy made a return appearance at this year's record-setting event (and again commanded the largest support on the Rave stage) just before the release of their Century Media debut. Recorded and produced again by Pierre Remillard at Montreal's Victor Studio, Whisper Supremacy will see a global September release to their massively-supportive following and the rest of the extreme metal world. Putting some distance between themselves and their previous outputs, Cryptopsy's latest is as technically perfect as it is harsh, and is as awe-inspiring as it is exhausting. As the current 1998 Death Across America Tour (complete with Gorguts, Oppressor and Nile) trudges on, Cryptopsy are unleashing their live show to the masses, and never has the time been more ideal for a record like Whisper Supremacy to drive a dominating spike through the cold heart of death metal. Grab onto something stable, for you've now been warned!
Decrepit Birth was formed in 2001 by Matt Sotelo - guitars, Bill Robinson - vocals, and Derek Boyer – bass. Originally the intention was to play devastating, brutal, technical death metal, mixed with influences from the early 1990's Florida death metal scene. Since Matt and Derek had at one time both played in Southern California band, DEPRECATED, it was easy for the two of them to begin collaborating on material for the first full length Decrepit Birth album "…And Time Begins".
In Fall of 2002, with the help of friend Tim Yeung on session drums, they entered Legion Studios to begin recording. Almost a year later "…And Time Begins" was released on Unique Leader Records, artwork by Dan Seagrave. The album had production issues but still managed to forge a very solid fan base in the death metal scene. The band went through a dry period of playing no shows due to the lack of a drummer. Bassist Derek Boyer got the chance of a lifetime and was offered a full time position with death metal legends SUFFOCATION. That left Decrepit Birth with out a drummer or bassist.
During 2004, bassist Risha Eryavec stepped in and not long after that, drummer KC Howard of ODIOUS MORTEM officially joined the band as well. For the next couple years the new lineup played many shows, fests and one North American tour. In 2007 the band took a break and began writing full time for the new album. They went through some lineup changes and also dealt with personal issues related to a past member. This conflicted the band, and brought about a spiritual overhaul. The result was a change in direction and sound. The new music was becoming influenced by melodic and progressive compositions. The sound was more mature and catchy, while still maintaining the brutality Decrepit Birth is known for.
In Spring of 2007 Decrepit Birth entered Castle Ultimate Studios with engineer Zack Ohren to begin recording for the sophomore album. In January 2008 the highly anticipated album "Diminishing Between Worlds" was released again through Unique Leader Records. During that same month of January, Decrepit Birth embarked upon their biggest tour yet, opening for THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, THREE INCHES OF BLOOD, and HATE ETERNAL. With the addition of a second guitarist, Dan Eggers and bassist, Joel Horner(both of ODIOUS MORTEM) to replace Risha so he could focus on his family and job, the brand new line up played night after night of sold out shows through out the United States. Now with a new album freshly released, Decrepit Birth was able to catch the attention of Nuclear Blast Records, which was a label the band really wanted to work with for years. After negotiations, they happily signed on with Nuclear Blast in Spring of 2008. The band is currently touring in support of the new album and is also writing new music, which can only be described as an "evolved version of what we did on Diminishing Between Worlds".
Rivers Of Nihil
In a time when the music industry is highly over saturated, it's rare when artists genuinely strive to create something different from the norms of their genre. This Reading PA based 5 piece has been doing just that. Forming out of previous bands and local comradery, Jake, Brody, Jon, Biggs and Ron are on a relentless path of taking things to the next level. In the fall of 2009, they recorded an EP titled "Hierarchy" with producer Carson Slovak of Atrium Audio. The positive response to "Hierarchy" throughout the online community and local music scene gave the band the opportunity to play countless shows, including an appearance on the "Midwest Fuckfest" held in Milwaukee, as well as a 2 week tour within the first year of existence. Nearly 2 years of playing out "Hierarchy", the band entered the studio in June of 2011 with Len Carmichael to record "Temporality Unbound", which features six tracks of pure sonic devastation sure to please fans of the old material, while bringing in new listeners with the matured songwriting and niche for writing more than just riffs. "Temporality Unbound" will be released on October 28th, with touring currently being planned around the release.
the zenith passage
It was in early 2012 that a small recording collaboration between two friends (Justin McKinney and Greg Hampton) began to coalesce into something that would prove to be well more than the sum of its parts. The Zenith Passage may have come about from humble beginnings in a stuffy Los Angeles apartment, but the produce thereof is anything BUT humble. Even the earliest demo tracks delivered a relentless torrent of technical guitar work accompanied by a distinctly frenetic and brutal vocal delivery that has since become an unmistakable hallmark in a scene that is all too often the victim of stagnation. Far from being strictly a shredfest, TZP also incorporates a thematic backbone that draws inspiration from the chaotic and awesome destructive powers of our universe. Progressive interludes invoke a palpable sense of abstract dread and reverence for things beyond mortal comprehension. The atmosphere created clearly nods to inspiration drawn from legendary acts such as Deeds of Flesh, Soreption, Fallujah, Severed Savior, and Aeon.
The project's initial offerings generated enough buzz in social media circles alone to convince the duo to redouble their efforts in earnest, and to begin seeking out members to complete their lineup. This proved no small task in a saturated market, but persistent scouting over to following months precipitated the addition of friend and drummer Josh Slater (Aethere) into the mix. The subsequent release of a proper EP in January 2013 (entitled "Cosmic Dissonance") catapulted TZP's recognition to previously unprecedented heights, greatly broadening their fanbase, and catching the attention and admiration of some of California's foremost metal musicians. Not long thereafter, it was announced that Rob Maramonte (ex-Fallujah) would also be stepping in to lend his talents and fill the role of second guitarist.
With the onset of all these new developments, and the lineup nearing completion, it seemed only natural to take the next step and join the ranks of those by whom they had been so heavily influenced. Thus, in the summer of 2013, TZP had the honor of signing on with Unique Leader Records for a multi-album deal. The stage is currently set for TZP to secure their foothold in topmost reaches of the metal pantheon, and they are hard at work churning out new content for their debut full-length. Rest assured, this marks only the beginning. The world has only just set foot onto the passage towards the pinnacle, the apex, the Xenith. BLEGH.
Loud, pissed, chaotic heavy metal.
Gloom, started in winter of 2012, is a Washington D.C. based metal band who's intention is to write concise, focused and diverse songs. With influences from Black Metal, Tech Death, and 90's grunge, Gloom aims to bring their musical roots to bear with every track.
RIYL: Gorgoroth, Suffocation, Burzum, Between The Buried and Me