BrooklynVegan is currently streaming Another Cruel Dimension, the debut full-length from Oakland esoteric death thrash miscreants HALLUCINATOR, in its ravaging entirety. The premiere comes in advance of the record’s official release this Friday, February 14th, via Carbonized Records.
Engineered and mixed at Secret Bathroom and Satan’s Sweat Shoppe in Oakland, California by Justin Divver and mastered by Charlie Koryn (Chthonic Deity, Ascended Dead) at Underworld Studios in Portland, Oregon, Another Cruel Dimension spews forth thirteen tracks of audio hell that pays its respects to Sadus, Repulsion, and Bathory, and includes a cover of “On They Slay” from R.A.V.A.G.E. (pre-Atheist).
Writes BrooklynVegan of the release, “HALLUCINATOR are a new-ish Oakland band who recall the era of bands making raw, filthy thrash that would soon turn into death and black metal (Repulsion, Bathory, Morbid Angel etc.), and though it’s obviously not anything new, HALLUCINATOR do it so genuinely that you might mistake their upcoming debut album Another Cruel Dimension for a lost record from 1987. It absolutely rips…”
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HALLUCINATOR‘s Another Cruel Dimension will be released on LP and digital formats via Carbonized Records with Headsplit Records handling the cassette edition. For digital preorders, go to THIS LOCATION. For vinyl, go HERE.
HALLUCINATOR was forged in 2014 when guitarist Erik Schirado and vocalist Kyle May approached guitarist Eric Stucke to start a fast death metal band. Stucke channeled his love of ‘80s extreme thrash and proto-death/black metal into the primitive, nightmarish death that began to take shape in their practice space. Together with drummer Will Kovach and bassist T. Voidbringer, the band played their first local shows where Stucke began incorporating analog synth interludes into their set (now a staple between live songs and featured heavily on every recording since). By 2015, the band released their first demo Primeval Power via local Bay Area label, Transylvanian Tapes. A sixteen-minute onslaught of raw, ripping, dark thrash, the recording made its rounds as the band ravaged stages through the Southern California and Pacific Northwest underground opening for the likes of Master, Power From Hell, and Sewercide. Following a series of lineup shifts — the band is now comprised of Stucke on vocals, guitar, and synths, Kovach, bassist Dave Rochmann (Negative Vortex) and lead guitarist Falko Bolte (Insanity) — HALLUCINATOR aims to pervade its dissolution of dark consciousness throughout the dimensions of metal.
“…after a nightmarish intro, ‘Hiss In The Skull’ practically trips over itself with speedy blast beats. That it comes alongside a Tom Araya-esque scream from the abyss is that much more appropriate. There are still influences from black thrash both proto (the aforementioned Slayer, Hellhammer) and precedent-setting (Aura Noir), but death metal bubbles to the top of this putrid brew.” — Decibel on “Hiss In The Skull”