Gammageddon is the forthcoming new full-length from Germany-based, Chernobyl-themed death bringers, CYTOTOXIN. Captured earlier this year again at Kohlekeller Studios, Gammageddon centers itself on the city of Pripyat. Named after the nearby Pripyat River, Pripyat was founded on February 1970 as the ninth nuclear city — a type of closed city — in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of nearly fifty-thousand by the time it was evacuated the day after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The city is now a ghost town. Gammageddon serves as a soundtrack to the horrors leading to the evacuation with its unadulterated technical extremity. At a forty-minute run time, even the deepest, densest bunkers won’t protect you from this massive overindulgence of radioactive brutality.
In advance of next week’s release via Unique Leader, today the band is pleased to unveil a full album preview below:
CYTOTOXIN’s Gammageddon will be released on CD and digital formats via Unique Leader Records on July 21st. For physical preorder point your browser HERE. Digital predorders are available at THIS LOCATION where you can sample first single “Radiatus Generis.”
In an early review of the record, Dead Rhetoric notes, “For those unfamiliar, think Aborted/Benighted with a more prevalent technical leaning and some occasional slams. The combination is no doubt a good one – the technical flavoring giving the fast tempo riffing worth returning to, while the band knows exactly how to bring the groove when it comes to reining in the tempo at times. They can hit some absurd speeds without worry of losing the listener since they don’t rely on them too heavily; they are equally at ease with the blindingly fast as they are the slow and groovy.” New Transcendence concurs, “Taking the technical shred of a tech death band and adding slamming brutality and hyperspeed heaviness with just enough contemporary deathcore thrown in there to make the album more accessible, CYTOTOXIN have been working on this release for several years now and, without a doubt, it shows. A solid forty minutes of fury, Gammageddon is neither too long nor subject to brevity, especially with its relatively dense content. Bright, explosive and brutal, CYTOTOXIN are crafting a legacy just as lurid as Chernobyl’s own.” Writes No Clean Singing of the title track, “‘Gammageddon’ is explosively powerful, a breathtakingly fast scourge that’s brutally jolting and will also spin your brain around like it’s been teleported into a high-speed centrifuge. While the vocalist relentlessly roars like a big enraged bear, the rest of the band punch and rip with unbridled fury but tightly controlled precision. It’s a blistering, technical fireworks display to be sure, but the song is also heavy-grooved and coherent — and it functions as a massive adrenaline trigger. Welcome back, CYTOTOXIN.”
During the night of April 26th, 1986, a world-changing accident occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. A catastrophic meltdown befell Reactor No. 4, resulting in core explosions and open-air fires. Copious quantities of radioactive materials and airborne isotopes were consequently dispersed into the atmosphere and surrounding lands. The disaster has been widely regarded as the worst accident in the history of nuclear power globally. As a result, Reactor No. 4 was destroyed and is being enclosed in a concrete and lead sarcophagus to prevent further escape of radioactivity. Large areas of Europe were affected by the accident. The radioactive cloud spread as far as Norway.
Moved by devastating consequences of the event, a German band called CYTOTOXIN pulverized the death metal world in 2010. In 2011, CYTOTOXIN released their self-produced full-length, Plutonium Heaven. Just one year later, they entered Kohlekeller Studios (Aborted, Benighted) to forge their critically-lauded Radiophobia full-length released via Unique Leader Records in 2012. A stunning display of musical precision, Metal Wani awarded the record a perfect 10/10 review calling it the, “most technical music I’ve ever heard,” further lauding its, “well-structured slams and breakdowns… This music will make you headbang till you become Nearly-Headless Nicholas!…a milestone in the world of death metal.” Five years later, the world is ready for Gammageddon.