CARTILAGE: Bay Area Gore Dealers To Host Gimme Metal Guest DJ Set Wednesday, June 1st; The Deader The Better LP With Guests From Exhumed, Impaled, And more Out Now On Creator-Destructor Records

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San Francisco-based gore metal outfit CARTILAGE will host a guest DJ set at the mighty Gimme Metal tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1st at 10am PT/1pm ET. Tune in and join the chat at

Whether you call them deathgrind, goregrind, or gore metal, some things are certain: the Bay Area’s CARTILAGE bleeds in blastbeats, rips out gut-twisting riffs, and spews idiomatic viscera with delight. Spawned from original members featuring sibling duo, guitarist/vocalist Ria and vocalist Mark Wallace along with guitarist Michael Flory (Logistic Slaughter) and drummer Adam Houmam (Terrorizer LA), came one that delighted in the flesh-searing death metal that the likes of Impaled and General Surgery claim as their own.

In 2019, the band added bassist Kienan Hamilton to their ranks and has held the low-end buzz since. Not content to rest on their blood-soaked laurels, CARTILAGE wrote, recorded, and independently released the Gore-Met EP as the morbid darkness of 2020 ended. And now, the quintet is primed and ready to unleash their second LP The Deader The Better via Creator-Destructor Records.

CARTILAGE’s second album The Deader The Better was recorded by Alejandro Corredor (Pounder, ex-Nausea) in January 2020 at Darker Corners Studio in San Luis Obispo. The record all at once features friends, peers, and gore metal grandmasters, with guest vocals by Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Gruesome) who also helped produce the album, Ross Sewage (Impaled, Exhumed), Sean McGrath (Impaled), guest vocals and guitar solo from Leon del Muerte (Murder Construct, Terrorizer LA), and a guest solo from Tom Draper (Pounder, ex-Carcass), sharpening CARTILAGE’s hemorrhaging stabs of grind for the masses. The Deader The Better is completed with cover art by Matt Slime, and includes a cover of Impetigo’s “Boneyard.”

Find The Deader The Better on vinyl – 200 on Doublemint/Purple Swirl, 200 on Bone w/ Blood Red Splatter, and 100 on Mustard w/ Magenta Splatter – as well as cassette and digital formats at the Creator-Destructor label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE. Also watch the video for the title track HERE.

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“…blast beats, sideways riffs, and horrific descriptions of human depravity.” – Decibel Magazine

CARTILAGE also discharge songs that slash like serial killers, convulse in seizures, sear like an acetylene torch, maul like bulldozers, and lurch like zombies (the slow ones, not the fast ones), and as crazed and kaleidoscopic as the songs usually are, they’re cleverly embedded with hook-y melodies. and head-moving grooves.” – No Clean Singing

“…the group festers this admiration into punctual death grind. They adore gore-drenched theatrics, which is obvious with song titles like “Mallet Wielding Maniac” and ‘Cellar Full Of Stiffs.'” – Heavy Music Headquarters

“…this is an album that is happy to bask in its own bile. And for added festering fun and freakish frolic of gore, then get yourself on the list for the splatter vinyl release for extra kaleidoscopic horror.” – Metal Forces