Bethlehem, Pennsylvania trio, SECRET CUTTER, has confirmed a new European distribution deal and a limited cassette edition of their debut LP, Self Titled.
Spewing forth a wretched, caustic amalgamation of sludge, hardcore and grind elements, SECRET CUTTER jumped from a local band to gaining international praise seemingly overnight following the release of Self Titled, with incredible reactions from media outlets appearing everywhere this Summer. Comprised of drummer Jared Stimpfl, vocalist Ekim and guitarist Evan Morey, their output blends elements seemingly influenced as much by Deadguy and Converge as Eyehategod and Godflesh, delivered through a backline massive enough to power a band twice their size, delivering a live show as intense as their recorded material. With over twenty-six minutes of pure slaughterhouse material, produced by the band at Stimpfl’s Captured Recording Studios, SECRET CUTTER’s forceful songwriting, and eclectic, brutal musical dementia comes alive through a maelstrom of ten vigorous tracks on Self Titled.
The critical acclaim of Self Titled has spread around the globe like a contagion, now infecting several labels who will issue new versions of the record, following their self-release of the album on LP and digital download through their own Bethlehem Rust label earlier this year. SECRET CUTTER has hooked up with London-based Holy Roar Records (Enabler, OHHMS, Strife, Coliseum) for European distribution of Self Titled. In addition, a cassette version of the record will be available through San Diego-based Grimoire Cassette Cvlture (Indian, Fister, Goryl), in a limited run of 150 copies. All versions of Self Titled include a free digital download of the full album as well. Self Titled can be purchased on black vinyl in Europe via Holy Roar HERE, on cassette from Grimoire Cassette Cvlture HERE, and stateside on three different colors of vinyl as well as digital through the band HERE.
Also check out a recent gear feature on SECRET CUTTER’s sole axeman Evan Morey’s massive setup which helps deliver the band’s unique auditory brutality via PureGrainAudio HERE.
Following several shows in support of Self Titled this Summer, including a devastating set at the first annual Uninvited Fest in Brooklyn last week, SECRET CUTTER continues to book new gigs, including having just been confirmed to take part in NYC’s CBGB’s Festival. The band will raid Saint Vitus Bar on October 11th, providing support for Primitive Weapons and Vision Of Disorder. Further live actions will be announced throughout the coming weeks and the rest of 2014 as Secret Cutter continues to write new material for their next release.
SECRET CUTTER Live:
10/11/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Vision If Disorder, Primitive Weapons [info]
“Secret Cutter appeal to a lot of different appetites—sludge heads looking for something a little more complicated than rote Eyehategod worship, old hardcore dudes wanting to go heavier but avoid sounding like Nails, and most of all, those committed to the mosh. They would be foolish not to tour with Xibalba or Harms Way.” – Pitchfork
“… the band Billy Anderson would listen to if he was having the worst day of his life… Self Titled defies categorization by acting as a round-up of heavy albums’ heavy parts. Sludgy, thrashy, grindy; doesn’t matter. As long as it’s bruising, it’ll make the cut.” – Invisible Oranges
“Take the anarcho-hardcore of bands like Deadguy, Kiss It Goodbye, Coalesce, and Converge and then meld it together using molten lava and brimstone with the sludge filled bile of bands like Eyehategod and Buzzov-en, and you’d have a close approximation of just how nasty this record is.” – Metal Insider
“A three piece shouldn’t sound this heavy, but Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Secret Cutter manages to pull off the impossible…” – About.com
“No nonsense crushing music, vocals that are delivered with raw animal power, with a mix and master that compliment the music.” 9/10” – This Is Not A Scene