Today marks the official unveiling of Resurrect, the latest full-length from French death metal collective THE WALKING DEAD ORCHESTRA.
Hails Meta Nexus of the release, “Following in the footsteps of the Architect — the main character in the band’s concept world — you are thrown violently into an onslaught of punishing fretwork in ‘Resurrect The Scourge.’… The world we have entered is one of sheer ferocious pounding melody entertained by emotionally charged vocals from lead singer Florian Gatta (Rise Of Doom). The vocal dynamics add to intensity of the drama unfolding, from grunts and growls to an exasperated top-end, a familiar approach from their deathcore history. The aggression is paramount across the release with a ritualistic feel, almost like the band is willing the dead to join them in their rampage. This is carried upon in ‘Through The Realm Of Chaos,’ a frenzy of duality in vocal range and the in-your-face fast tempo which only intensifies the impending Armageddon. It has a pummeling playfulness and incorporates more mid and gruntal vocals, offering a far more brutal, old-school dynamic with an ability to combine primal influences to full effect…”
Metal Trenches champions the band’s, “highly consistent mixture of tech death and deathcore.” Said No Clean Singing upon their premiere of the band’s “Vengeful Flavors” video, “From the dismal, moaning notes and slow pounding that begin the song, you might not expect what eventually happens — and what does happen after a gradual ramping-up is a destructive fury of turbocharged drum obliteration and whirring, jolting riffs laced with thoroughly bleak melodic accents. As the vocals veer between heartless roars and throat-splitting shrieks, the music seems to grow even more unhinged in its frenzied ferocity, while making sure to hammer the listener’s skull to smithereens along the way.”
Stream Resurrect in its entirety at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, view the band’s Mehdi Khadouj-directed video for “Vengeful Flavors” below.
Resurrect order bundles are available at THIS LOCATION.
Said the band of the self-produced offering, “We conditioned ourselves to unleash our primal influences, it’s a back-to-the-roots process with old-school riffs tuned to the more modern sound. We are proud of this combination. Each song has its own identity. We recorded, mixed, and mastered the entire album by ourselves at our own studio, Spike Recording Studio, which allowed us to keep every step of the production process under control. This gave us the time and freedom to really develop our sound. This album imposes an ambiance with many twists and surprises and the songs structures are more mature. This is a new chapter for the band but also for the Architect, the main character of THE WALKING DEAD ORCHESTRA’s concept which takes place through a post-apocalyptic world. The artwork reflects THE WALKING DEAD ORCHESTRA‘s universe and illustrates each situation our main character goes through.”
THE WALKING DEAD ORCHESTRA was forged in 2011 in Grenoble, France. In 2012, the band unveiled its first EP Oppressive Procession, and performed nearly thirty shows throughout France alongside the likes of Betraying The Martyrs, UltraVomit, Death Mentality, Agnostic Front, Promethee, and many others. That Summer, the band was able to secure a three-week tour of Latin American with Descomunal which included a performance at Ecuador’s QuitoFest.
2013 saw the release of their Klonosphere-issued Architects Of Destruction debut. Offering a more professional production quality, the record was recorded and mixed by Mickaël Valesi at Sonovore Studio in France and mastered by Charles J. Wall (Whitechapel, King Conquer, et al) at Sonic Assault Studio in Florida. The nine-tracks comprising Architects Of Destruction reaped critical acclaim among underground critics in the know with Metal Temple writing, “This release is not merely a collection of tracks about the undead, but an account of what one may feel if lost in a zombie epidemic. The band seems well-equipped for an impending Armageddon.” Teeth Of The Divine issued, “With the energy these guys bring, and the crushing breakdowns all pulled off with precision and backed by a beefy production, this is really an impressive debut,” while Dead Rhetoric likened Architects Of Destruction to a, “sonic interpretation of a zombie onslaught.” The following year, THE WALKING DEAD ORCHESTRA shared the stage with Suicide Silence, Six Feet Under, Napalm Death, M:Pire Of Evil, Loudblast, Benighted, and Mumakil before joining Broken Hope and Internal Bleeding on their European tour in 2015.