Beast Incarnate is the impending new long player from Malta-based brutal death metal merchants BEHEADED.
Set for release next month via Unique Leader, the infernal, eight-track production draws upon the brutal and melodic approach to the band’s 2012-issued, critically-championed Never To Dawn long player. Recorded at MKII Recording Studio (Italy) and mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Teadeat, Bone Gnawer, Aeon, Those Who Bring The Torture etc.) at Enhanced Audio Productions Sweden, Beast Incarnate comes shrouded in the cover art of Gabriel Alegria Sabogal, welcomes the addition of new recruits — drummer Davide Billia and guitarist Simone Brigo – and truly stretches the boundaries of BEHEADED‘s signature sound to meet new extremes.
As a precursor to its release, today Decibel Magazine is hosting BEHEADED‘s visual companion to the record’s title track, the band issuing of the clip, “When music is enriched with literature, imagery, colors, and visuals that reflect its essence, it is able to deliver a deeper, more profound immersive visual and aural experience. That is precisely what the video for the album title track ‘Beast Incarnate’ does. Using all these elements we have worked very closely with Very Metal Art in graphically creating and capturing the character and lifeblood of Beast Incarnate. The music video comes to outline the attributes of Mediterranean death metal – hard hitting and drilling in the psyche. Musically drawing upon the very roots of the band’s earliest material and molded from a quarter of a century since BEHEADED‘s inception. Beast Incarnate cements twenty-five years of extreme music with an imprint of the band’s present signature sound.”
Savor the Beast, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, check out second cut, “The Horror Breathes,” on Bandcamp HERE.
BEHEADED’s Beast Incarnate will be released on January 27th, 2017 via Unique Leader Records. Preorder options are currently available an Indie Merch HERE.
BEHEADED was forged in 1991 in Malta, an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Together the quintet stood firm, against all the odds and confrontations such an environment generated. Cementing its name through the tape-trading circuit, BEHEADED caught the attention of Sweden’s X-Treme Records. Debut full-length Perpetual Mockery saw release in early 1998. The offering was praised in countless reviews including a 4K/5K review in Kerrang and a 7/10 score in Terrorizer. Later that year the band embarked for the first time outside Maltese shores to play shows in Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany opening for the likes of Vader, Dying Fetus, Defaced Creation, and Deranged, as well as gigs with Fleshless. The band would later join Danish imprint Mighty Music for the unleashing of their Resurgence Of Oblivion mini CD. By 2002, BEHEADED dropped the maniacal wares of their Recounts Of Disembodiment full-length followed but their first-ever US tour which included performances at the Ohio Deathfest and New Jersey Metal Meltdown. On their way back to Europe, BEHEADED stopped in Germany to take part in the legendary Fuck The Commerce festival in Neiden which saw the band perform in front of a crowd of nearly 5000 instigating one massive pit. It was the appearance that truly brought to life their slogan of “Sheer Crushing Brutality That Will Eat Your Fucking Head Off!” present on the backs of BEHEADED shirts that year.
By 2005 and after various personnel shifts, BEHEADED joined the ranks of extreme metal powerhouse Unique Leader Records for the release of their critically-lauded Ominous Bloodline full-length. The record was met with more positive reviews and live shows. Four years later the band unleashed Never To Dawn which centered itself on their Mediterranean origins. Sputnik Music likened it to the sound of, “the apocalypse of the world” while No Clean Singing hailed riffs that have a “booming, cataclysmic quality, spiced with rapid techy jabbing and whirlwinds of dark melody,” adding, “The vocals are a paragon of bestiality, and the fuckin’ percussion is explosively off the hook. BEHEADED definitely have the knack for forging relentlessly brutal music that’s also groovy and memorable.” The band again took to the live circuit numerous times following the album’s release and played a number of festivals. Following a period of dormancy, an updated lineup and a renewed spirit of brutality, 2017 marks the release of Beast Incarnate. After twenty-five years, the horror still breathes!