Death-saluting metal collective, GRUESOME, will take to the streets next month on a short run of live performances. Following an appearance at Obscene Extreme America Fest in Montreal next month, the band — which features guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed), drummer Gus Rios (Malevolent Creation), guitarist Daniel Gonzalez (Possessed) and bassist Robin Mazen (Derketa) — will kick off a mini tour in September, waging their classic Schuldiner-styled odes upon the ears of Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Cave-In-Rock, San Diego and Los Angeles. See confirmed dates below.
Issues Harvey of the trek, “We’re beyond excited to finally take this beast out on the road and deliver some Schuldinerisms at full fucking volume to the folks out there. It’s gonna be a blast to see the tunes come to, ahem, ‘life’ onstage and in the pit as well. See you there – bring beer!”
8/21/2015 Obscene Extreme America – Montreal, QC [info]
9/04/2015 The Crowbar – Tampa, FL [info]
9/05/2015 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
9/06/2015 The Haven – Orlando, FL [info]
9/11/2015 Full Terror Assault – Cave-In-Rock, IL [info]
9/12/2015 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/13/2015 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA
GRUESOME pays homage to death metal’s most celebrated founding American acts, Death. As such, their debut full-length, Savage Land, released earlier this year via Relapse Records, is a delightfully punishing display of late-’80s/early-’90s Florida-styled death metal that keeps the true sound and spirit of Chuck Schuldiner and Death alive.
Check out Savage Land in its gruesome entirety (including two bonus tracks – a cover of Death’s “Land Of No Return” and Slayer’s “Black Magic”) at THIS LOCATION as well as the band’s unrepentantly brutal NSFW video clip for the title track HERE.
Savage Land was tracked by Gus Rios and Daniel Gonzalez at Riversound Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mixed by Jarrett Pritchard at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, and features a guest guitar solo on “Closed Casket” by James Murphy as well as cover art by legendary illustrator Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Massacre, Athiest et el). Savage Land is out now via Relapse Records on CD, LP and all digital outlets. Physical orders are available now at THIS LOCATION, and digital orders HERE.
“…less an exercise in nostalgia than a perfect reconstruction of a lost world.” – Decibel
“…just so goddamned fun.” – MetalSucks
“This isn’t your crusty, nasty, run-of-the-mill retro death metal. Hell no. This is the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for.” – Metal Injection
“The enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe-inspiring. This is a fun romp through the rehearsal space of a bunch of longhairs who love a band so much it hurts.” – Exclaim
“…eight slices of gruesome death metal [that] most definitely hit the mark…” – PureGrainAudio
“Metal needs more albums like Savage Land… The legacy and sound of Death lives on ever so faithfully through bands like GRUESOME, and wherever he is, Chuck Schuldiner is undoubtedly windmilling ferociously and smirking ear to ear at the deathly sounds of Savage Land.” — HeavyBlogIsHeavy
“This couldn’t come more highly recommended. Buy this and take a trip back to the ’80s when death metal wasn’t all about blast beats and gutturals.” – Stereokiller