VITRIOL affirms that Death Metal is a genre of fear.
Portland, Oregon's violent trinity, fronted by the dual vocal assault given from guitarist Kyle Rasmussen and bassist Adam Roethlisberger, driven by the inhuman drummer Scott Walker, proved to make a successful strike at the genre's heart with their 2017 EP, "Pain Will Define Their Death". Released via Italy's Everlasting Spew, it already provided a shockingly intense glimpse at the whirlwind that was to be unfurled on the group's much anticipated debut record, "To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice".
Supported by fellow underground icons such as Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder) and just recently confirmed for their first European tour with Nile and Hate Eternal, VITRIOL are poised to attack extreme metal with will, technical proficiency, and the determination to push boundaries, for visual proof just watch Rasmussen/Roethlisberger play through tracks like 'The Parting of a Neck' (https://youtu.be/OpkerWvcb5Q). "The spirit of VITRIOL is to take the uncompromising, thrashy, punky, spirit of the late 90s extreme death and bring it to a world that has been numbed by records that have abandoned all life in favor of shrink wrapped, candy coated articulation," Rasmussen proclaims and transforms into 44 minutes of utmost sincere and vicious music embodying a radicalness and personality akin to the essence of black metal.
Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Krisiun, Angelcorpse) visualized this approach perfectly on the album's gloomy and intimidating artwork: VITRIOL are the blade at the throat of Death Metal's comfort zone, the literally razorsharp cutting-edge stabbing at the fabrics of a genre too complacently regurgitating the same sonic formulas over and over again. SweDeath-replicas, Morrisound-worships, TechDeath-polish – be gone!
"The only noble future for Death Metal is one of strenuous personal responsibility. Intolerance for mediocrity, and reverence without novelty."
With VITRIOL, Century Media Records are proud to present a band willing and self-confident enough to take risks, sonically with its raw, suffocating yet natural production, musically with its sheer abundance of stellar riffs and unworldly rhythm section, lyrically by its deeply personal and gripping invocations of triumph and tragedy. Each note is human talent, each beat sheer force, each line of text a pouring of blood. "To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice" neglects mainstream conformism in favor of a heartfelt interpretation of Death Metal amalgamating influences from Immolation to Blut Aus Nord, from Hate Eternal to DSO.
It is a bold and truly demanding opus yet immensely rewards those who dare travelling beyond.