As Cleveland, Ohio’s 200 STAB WOUNDS prepare for the Maggot Stomp release of their debut LP, Slave To The Scalpel, in November, Invisible Oranges has slabbed the album’s latest single, “Itty Bitty Pieces.”
Unloading nine savage tracks in a gory twenty-seven minutes, 200 STAB WOUNDS’ Slave To The Scalpel was recorded and mixed by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois (Weekend Nachos, Jesus Piece, Harm’s Way), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Integrity,), and completed with front cover art by Rahma Gutslaughter.
Writes Invisible Oranges, “What truly qualifies as overkill? Five grams of arsenic? Ten gunshots? Perhaps 200 STAB WOUNDS sounds more appropriate. This Cleveland collective are out to slaughter unsuspecting death metal fans with a fury heavily rooted in death metal’s past, bringing to mind the best combinations of the sounds from the late 1980s to early 1990s with an undeniable underlying groove provided by the guitars and bass.”
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Maggot Stomp will release Slave To The Scalpel on CD, cassette, digital formats on November 12th, with a vinyl edition due in early 2022. Examine preorder options HERE.
200 STAB WOUNDS is currently out on tour through November 5th. This Friday, October 22nd, the band will join God’s Hate at a Grill Em All pop-up event in Alhambra, California. GEA will have the 200 STAB WOUNDS burger back on the menu, and the band will have a merch booth with a limited “Itty Bitty Pieces” lathe cut 7” and more for sale.
Watch for additional audio premieres, tour dates, and more on 200 STAB WOUNDS to be announced.
200 STAB WOUNDS 21 Ways To Lose Your Life Tour:
10/21/2021 Haus On New York – Las Vegas, NV
10/22/2021 The Midnight Hour – San Fernando, CA
10/23/2021 The Vet’s Hall – Santa Cruz, CA
10/24/2021 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
10/25/2021 The Edge Bar – Tucson, AZ
10/26/2021 The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
10/27/2021 Mass Movement – Tulsa, OK
10/28/2021 PDM – Columbia, MO
10/29/2021 Reggies – Chicago, IL
10/30/2021 Soup Of Dissent – Buffalo, NY
10/31/2021 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
11/01/2021 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC
11/02/2021 The Nail – Ardmore, PA
11/03/2021 St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
11/04/2021 QXTS – Newark, NJ
11/05/2021 Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA
The number may seem a tad excessive, but even at the most surface-level, 200 STAB WOUNDS would look gnarly as hell. There’s a case of diminishing returns with each puncture, with the likelihood you just struck the fatal blow decreasing with each incision. This is the complete opposite of 200 STAB WOUNDS, whose fatality rate skyrockets with each guttural, groovy riff and double-bass laden blastbeat. The band’s debut LP Slave To The Scalpel adds nine new corpses to the band’s morgue of tracks, bringing the total to a mere fourteen.
The speed with which the bodies built up is the impressive part; even the most prolific serial killers don’t stack them this high, this fast. It will be just twenty-one months since they formed in January 2020, when a previous project simply couldn’t bear the weight of the songs they were writing. The resulting EP Piles Of Festering Decomposition shot the quartet to the forefront of the new breed of death metal bands. Though many acts will rot away when extreme metal shifts their sights to another sound, 200 STAB WOUNDS cemented their status by sharing the stage and road with bands like Gatecreeper, Sanguisugabogg, Devourment, Internal Bleeding, Creeping Death, Knocked Loose, Year Of The Knife, and God’s Hate.
It’s not just the quality of those peers that makes them stand out but the diversity. The fact they can fit with knuckle-dragging hardcore is indicative of a simplistic, rhythmic bounce. Somewhere between Gatecreeper’s “stadium death metal” and Devourment’s outward slamming take on the genre, 200 STAB WOUNDS makes brutality catchy. In doing so, they occupy a space often reserved for legends like Dying Fetus and Cannibal Corpse.
In fact, Slave To The Scalpel is full of bile-laden references to cannibalism, including flesh in tiny snack form, a delicious stew, milk made of skin and even a raw penis filled with curdled semen. If it makes you squeam, don’t let on; simply devour more 200 STAB WOUNDS or you could be at the receiving end of their scalpel next.