Extreme metal titans VITAL REMAINS have returned with a vicious new slab of blasphemy that promises to strike fear in the heart of the masses. The much-anticipated new album, Icons of Evil, was produced by the renowned Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore) and is set for an April 3rd release. This offering marks the group's second recording with Glen Benton (Deicide) on vocals. Founder Tony Lazaro (guitars) wrote the entire album and handled bass duties for its recording, while Dave Suzuki once again tracked all the drums and lead guitar parts. There is not enough holy water available to wash away this unholiness.
Icons of Evil Track Listing
1. Where Is Your God Now
2. Icons of Evil
4. Born To Rape The World
5. Rebornâ€¦The Upheaval of Nihility
6. Hammer Down The Nails
7. Shrapnel Embedded Flesh
8. â€˜Til Death
9. In Infamy
10. Disciples of Hell
Lazaro further describes the new effort: â€œA 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.â€?
Drawing from classic â€˜80s metal bands such as Venom, Bathory, Mercyful Fate, Morbid Angel, Deicide and Slayer, VITAL REMAINS based their survival through a DIY underground approach that earned them a rabid legion of fans. However, after four full-length releases the groupâ€™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 metalâ€™s most accomplished and ambitious works yet that ever garnered mainstream acclaim. The album quickly elevated the band into the death metal elite and was supported by four full U.S. tours, further solidifying their status as one of the genre's hardest-working acts.
VITAL REMAINS continues to bring to the table nothing less than barbaric war metal the way it was meant to be: fast, brutal and tasteful. The world of extreme metal is not ready for the savageness that is about to be unleashed upon it.