Extreme metal titans VITAL REMAINS have returned with “Icons Of Evil”, a vicious new slab of blasphemy that promises to strike fear in the heart of the masses. The much-anticipated new album marks the group's second recording with Glen Benton (Deicide) on vocals and was produced in the Florida based Mana Recording Studios by the renowned Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore) who also fronts Hate Eternal. Once again, the album was completely written by the group’s founder Tony Lazaro (rhythm guitars & bass) with Dave Suzuki handling the lead guitar, drums and backing vocal duties.
Lazaro checks in with the following report: “A big thanks to Erik Rutan, who really worked us to near death in order to get us to deliver our best performances, which we think we did without a doubt! We thought “Dechristianize” was a tough album to record, but this effort proved us wrong. This album, hands down, sets the bar for death metal. We think our fans will soon agree without question that this is our “Reign In Blood”.”
Drawing influence from classic ‘80s metal bands such as Venom, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Mercyful Fate, Sodom and Destruction, VITAL REMAINS based their survival through a DIY underground approach that earned them a rabid legion of fans since their foundation in 1989. However, after four full-length releases the group’s biggest break would come in 2003 as they signed to Century Media and released the genre-defying epic “Dechristianize”. It was hailed by critics and fans alike as one of extreme metal’s most accomplished and ambitious works yet that ever garnered mainstream acclaim. Once VITAL REMAINS prepped up for their recording sessions for “Icons Of Evil”, the question if they would be able to top “Dechristianize” circulated in the extreme music world immediately. Now, it is time to finally answer it with: “Hell yeah and there is not enough holy water available to wash away this unholiness!!!”.
VITAL REMAINS profit from more than 18 years of experience, high-class musicianship and a dedication towards their musical style that is hardly rivaled today and continuously slams a spiked fist into the face of every trend rearing its ugly head. The world of extreme metal is not ready for the savageness that is about to be unleashed upon it, if there really is a god, he would prevent this record!