“…a seething, dark, dissonant crusher with grotesque vocals and a battery of vicious guitar damage.” – Decibel Magazine
Decibel Magazine is hosting an exclusive premiere of “Pathway To Charon,” the monstrous new single from New York City-based death metal quintet HYPOXIA. The track is the latest warning shot preceding the band’s impending third album, Defiance, set for late February release on Selfmadegod Records.
The dawn of 2024 sees HYPOXIA returning with several lineup changes since the prior record, now prepared to deploy their most merciless material to date with Defiance, pummeling the listener with eleven songs in thirty-seven minutes. The apocalyptic riffage and divebombing solos by guitarists Carlos Acboleda (Non Eternal, ex-Secrecy, ex-Aether) and new guitarist Ryan Moll (Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Azure Emote, Total Fucking Destruction) are constructed atop the earthmoving rhythm section of Carolina Perez (Castrator, ex-Aether) and new bassist Mike Poggione (Omnipotence, ex-Monstrosity, ex-Capharnaum), the relentless roars of Mike Hrubovcak (Azure Emote, Imperial Crystalline Entombment, ex-Monstrosity, ex-Vile) ripping their way through the savagery.
Recorded by HYPOXIA, Defiance was mixed and mastered by Noah Buchanan at Mercinary Studios (Midnight, Embalmer, Nunslaughter) and completed with cover art by Daemorph (The Black Dahlia Murder, Pyrexia, Avulsed). Prepare yourself for an old-school onslaught of new breed death metal domination!
With the new song, founding drummer Carolina Perez reveals, “‘Pathway To Charon’ was the first song we started working on for Defiance, it was an organic process and it happened while Carlos and I were still living in the same city and practiced on a regular basis. It is personally my favorite song off the album, since it starts slow and gets pretty heavy and brutal and it’s also a great showcase of what our overall sound is as a band.”
Vocalist Mike Hrubovcak adds, “We’re all on the pathway towards death, the pathway to Charon! Strap in and hold on; shit’s about to get dark. This is probably one of the darkest sounding songs on the album and I’m happy with the vibe it puts out. Lyrically, Charon carries the dead to the underworld, but the true price to cross into the abyss is not paid with gold or coins, the journey is paid with the personal sins or deeds of the individual. Musically, it’s one of the more memorable standout tracks in my opinion.”
Decibel writes, “It’s always exciting for Decibel to get to premiere a new track from a band that’s been away for a bit, or at least hasn’t released anything new in a while. Queens, New York death meal horde HYPOXIA return to the fray with a brand new cut, ‘Pathway to Charon,’ from their upcoming third full-length, Defiance. And after a five-year gap between albums, this is a powerful statement to return with.” The write-up dubs the song, “a seething, dark, dissonant crusher with grotesque vocals and a battery of vicious guitar damage.”
Endure the wrath of HYPOXIA’s “Pathway To Charon” first through Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Defiance will be released February 23rd on CD, limited edition vinyl, and digital formats. Find preorders at the Selfmadegod Records webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE, and watch the lyric video for the lead single “Bleed For Blasphemy” HERE.
HYPOXIA was founded in 2008 by drummer Carolina Perez and guitarist Carlos Arboleda, the band’s sound mainly inﬂuenced by bands like Sepultura, Death, Vader, Sinister, Suffocation, and more. Their ﬁrst demo, The Purge, was released in 2011, followed by the Public Execution EP in 2013. Both releases caught the attention of the death metal underground, and the awareness magnified many times over through the release of their Despondent Death debut album, released in 2015 by Ultimate Massacre Productions, and its savage follow-up Abhorrent Disease, released in 2019 by Selfmadegod Records.
HYPOXIA is well known for their energetic and aggressive live shows. They have played many festivals and shows all over the country and South America including Soul Metalfest, Las Vegas Deathfest and Rock Al Parque 2018, sharing the stage with bands such as Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Dark Tranquillity, Dark Funeral, Diabolic, Obituary, Onslaught, Razor, Masacre, Embalmer, Exumer, Malevolent Creation, Derketa, and many more along the way.