Decibel Magazine is now streaming the new eponymous EP from Baltimore, Maryland-based extreme metal outfit NEOLITHIC, the group uniting current members of Putrisect and former members of Swarm Of The Lotus, Pulling Teeth, Old Lines, Ruiner, and more. The advance stream of the album hits just days ahead of its digital self-release this Friday.
Recorded by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations (Noisem, Genocide Pact, Full Of Hell), Neolithic was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, From Ashes Rise, Vastum) and completed with artwork by Justin Stubbs (Encoffination, Father Befouled). The EP also features noise contributions by Dylan Walker (Full Of Hell) and Kevin Bernsten.
NEOLITHIC declares on the release of the EP, “Inspired by hatred, fueled by anger and motivated by disgust, these songs represent the movement of entropy and all-encompassing imminent chaos.”
With their advance stream of the record, Decibel offers, “the new, self-titled EP from Baltimore’s NEOLITHIC totally rips. Neolithic checks in at a lean five songs, moving fluidly from groovy fight riffs to blast beats, swaddled in crust and always backed by Evan Harting’s cavernous screams. Everything builds to a fever pitch at the end of ‘Pervasion Of Oblivion,’ which closes out the EP in strong fashion.”
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Neolithic will see independent release on all digital platforms this Friday, April 12th. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE.
NEOLITHIC is booking new shows around the release of the EP, confirmed to support Aborted and Hideous Divinity in their hometown on April 13th. The band will also perform at Bloodshed Fest in Eindhoven, Netherlands in September, with further stateside and European tour plans to be announced in the weeks ahead.
NEOLITHIC draws heavy influence from d-beat hardcore and death metal, aiming to create their own sound of aggressive down-tuned pitch-black death/crust. The band’s lyrics touch on subjects of corruption, war, and death. Formed by Baltimore-area scene vets in early 2017, the band is currently comprised of vocalist Evan Harting (Putrisect), drummer Jon John Michaud (ex-Swarm Of The Lotus), guitarist/bassist Mitchell Roemer (ex-Pulling Teeth, ex-Old Lines), and guitarist Dustin Thornton (ex-Ruiner). Influences from the early Earache catalog artists like Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death, and Brutal Truth surge with a modern, crusty groove.
While a newly-formed act, 2018 saw NEOLITHIC release a split 7” EP with Sweden’s Martyrdöd, which was followed almost immediately by their Cult Of Ignorance EP, both titles released back-to-back through Deep Six Records. With the dust now settling from last year’s double-hit, the band returns with Neolithic.
The newer NEOLITHIC material sees a band refining its attack, honing the nuances; the Neolithic EP’s tone more tempered, brooding, and gnarled than prior releases. With contempt and resentment coursing through its entirety, Neolithic delivers five new tracks from the ominous quartet.