Dark Operative presents an intimately caustic split album from INTEGRITY and BLEACH EVERYTHING paying homage to Septic Death and Rocket From The Crypt. In celebration of Septic Death and Rocket From The Crypt’s enduring legacies, this album sees release on the only day that makes sense: Halloween. Today.
SDK x RFTCC (Septic Death Karaoke x Rocket From The Crypt Covers) is a tribute to a 1992 split 2×7″ between Septic Death and Rocket from the Crypt, which was limited to 100 copies, released on Pushead’s Bacteria Sour label. Here, INTEGRITY and BLEACH EVERYTHING offer their own modern takes on both bands in the form of a split LP.
On this recording, INTEGRITY is Dwid Hellion and Dom Romeo. With SDK (Septic Death Karaoke), INTEGRITY utilizes some original Septic Death source material and layers their own vocal and guitar overdubs atop five of the band’s classics, including “Sweat Of A Nightmare,” “Change,” “Dream Silent,” “Poison Mask,” and “Thaw (Cold World).” While previous SDK releases exist with some of these songs, Dwid Hellion and Domenic Romeo completely re-recorded and overhauled entirely new 2019 takes on all material while offering up “Sweat Of A Nightmare” for the very first time, the track featuring guest lead guitar by Darkest Prince. The overdubs for SDK were recorded by Dwid Hellion and Dom Romeo, mixed by Tim De Gieter at Much Luv Studios, and mastered by Arthur Rizk, and the INTEGRITY side of the split completed with artwork by Dwid Hellion.
BLEACH EVERYTHING is vocalist Brent Eyestone, guitarist Graham Scala, bassist Kelly Posadas, and drummer Ryan Parrish. On RFTCC (Rocket From The Crypt Covers), BLEACH EVERYTHING erects monolithic tributes to Rocket From The Crypt entirely from scratch, adding speed to “Middle,” multi-part harmonies and guest vocalists (Riley Gale of Power Trip, Mike Kennerty of The All-American Rejects) to “On A Rope,” psychedelia to “Sturdy Wrists,” a deconstructed meditation on “I’m Not Invisible” in the form of a passage titled “Vital Signs,” and the album’s conclusion: a heavy, slowed-down take on “I’m Not Invisible” in all its glory, capped off by an outro from Christopher Royal King of This Will Destroy You. The drums, bass, and guitars were recorded by Ricky Olson at The Ward. Brent Eyestone’s vocals were recorded by himself at Tracking, Riley Gale’s vocals recorded by JoJo Centineo in Dallas, Mike Kennerty’s vocals were recorded by himself at The Cereal Box, Christopher Royal King’s tracks were recorded by himself in Los Angeles, and “Vital Signs” was recorded by Graham Scala at Gnostic Front Sound. The tracks were mixed by Ricky Olson at The Ward and mastered by Arthur Rizk in Philadelphia, and the BLEACH EVERYTHING side completed with illustrations by Matt Stikker, and art direction and layout by Brent Eyestone.
“It’s definitely a paint-peeler of the highest order, no doubt fueled by the shared enthusiasm the musicians have about the original recordings. INTEGRITY revisit the Septic Death songs, while BLEACH EVERYTHING and friends handle the RFTC songs… beat yourself up in the best way possible by turning this waaay up.” – Alternative Press
“When dark hardcore legends Integrity join forces with Bleach Everything, it’s guaranteed to be a good time… The five songs on Integrity’s half of the split utilize Septic Death source material, with Hellion and Romeo overdubbing their own guitar and vocal parts. The end result is a rawer and more aggressive side of Integrity. Bleach Everything’s tribute Rocket From the Crypt is a significantly more melodic and singalong-able affair than Integrity’s take on Septic Death–and it features unexpected guests.” – Decibel Magazine
“To celebrate Halloween this year, Integrity and Bleach Everything have teamed up for a split 12″ to pay tribute to a couple of bands that helped influence them. In the case of Bleach Everything, they’ve recorded a handful of Rocket from the Crypt covers with guest appearances from members of such bands as Power Trip, All-American Rejects, and This Will Destroy You.” – No Echo