CARTILAGE: San Francisco Gore Metal Crew Drops “The Deader The Better” Video Featuring Members Of Impaled, Exhumed; LP Sees Release Through Creator-Destructor Records This Week

photos by Chris Johnston

With the release of their second LP, The Deader The Better, nearing release next week through Creator-Destructor Records, San Francisco gore metal crew CARTILAGE drops a new video for the title track, featuring guests from Impaled, Ghoul, and more.

The Deader The Better was recorded by Alejandro Corredor (Pounder, ex-Nausea) in January 2020 at Darker Corners Studio in San Luis Obispo. The album 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.”

Filmed and directed by Nikko DeLuna, the hilarious poser-disposing crime investigation-style video features the five members of CARTILAGE as well as Sean McGrath (Impaled, Ghoul) and Ross Sewage (Impaled, Exhumed), as well as narration by Alex Wolf. The band offers, “A murder, a mystery, and a team of people coming together to solve it… Our third and final single ‘The Deader The Better.’ Featuring guest vocals and music video appearances by Sean McGrath (Impaled) and Ross Sewage (Impaled, Exhumed). Will they find the murderer before he kills again?”

Follow the trail of carnage and Miller Lite empties to the scene of the crime in CARTILAGE’s “The Deader The Better” video at THIS LOCATION.

Creator-Destructor will release The Deader The Better on LP – 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 on May 13th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp where “Cellar Full Of Stiffs” and “I Skin You” are streaming HERE.

CARTILAGE has announced a run of California shows, playing San Francisco, Long Beach, and Santa Cruz May 20th through 22nd. The band will also perform at Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle June 30th through July 2nd, joining Ludicra, Repulsion, Suffocation, Acephalix, Panopticon, and many others. Watch for additional live news to post throughout the year.

5/20/2022 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
5/21/2022 Supply & Demand – Long Beach, CA
5/22/2022 Urbani Cellar – Santa Cruz, CA
6/30-7/02/2022 Neumos & Barboza – Seattle, WA @ Northwest Terror Fest [info]

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.