IRON FRONT: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Slam Of ’87” From Oakland-Based Brutal Death Metal Crew; Second LP, Hooked, To See January Release On Creator-Destructor Records

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“…a gut-eviscerating slam-fest of epic proportions.” – Decibel Magazine

“Slam Of ’87” is the newest auditory savagery from Oakland, California-based brutal death metal outfit IRON FRONT. The track makes its public debut today through a premiere hosted by Decibel Magazine, preceding the band’s second album, Hooked, nearing January release on Creator-Destructor Records.

Originally formed in 2016 as Dire Wolves, the band reformatted to IRON FRONT in 2019 and is currently embodied by drummer Max Mahmood, guitarist/vocalist Cruz Garcia, guitarist Jesse Dicruttalo, bassist Dmitri Castillo Russel, and vocalist Topey Plourde. Taking inspiration from old-school death metal and NYHC, the output of IRON FRONT is a hardcore-adjacent, slam-induced alloy of pure savagery, calling to mind 200 Stab Wounds, Snuffed On Sight, Skinless, Bodybox, Internal Bleeding, and Suffocation.

IRON FRONT has independently released a handful of demos, singles, and one full-length, as well as an EP on Transylvanian Recordings. Their debut album Left Out To Rot garnered praise from Metal Forces Magazine for its “amazing mix” and “staggering intensity” and made it onto Toilet Ov Hell’s top 10 of 2022 lists. They have received airplay on independent radio stations including Possessed vocalist Jeff Becerra’s Gimme Metal show and were interviewed on Rampage Radio. IRON FRONT has performed live all over the greater Bay Area and has toured across the Western US.

Now, IRON FRONT arrives with their most decimating material to date with their second album, Hooked, the succinct but dense record savagely unloads seven earthmoving tracks stacked with infectious riff-hooks and earthmoving beatdowns. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Nicholas Morosini at Inpatient Studios in Oakland, Hooked was completed with cover art by Julian Felipe Mora Ibañez.

With the premiere of “Slam Of ’87,” Topey Plourde states, “It’s one of the more hardcore influenced songs on the album, with low chugging riffs and some mid-tempo sections. As with all the songs on the record, Nick Morosini did a great job mixing it; just listen to that snare. The track features our friend Gerold, formerly of Death Pickle and the current bassist of Manos De Fierro, who came in and did a dope verse.”

Decibel calls the track, “a gut-eviscerating slam-fest of epic proportions,” continuing, “It’s a lumbering assault of death metal ugliness, complete with well-placed squeals and a bowel-churning breakdown.”

Let IRON FRONT’s “Slam Of ’87” off the chain courtesy of Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Hooked will be released on LP and digital platforms on January 12th. Preorders are live at the Creator-Destructor webshop HERE and Bandcamp where lead single “Dissolved In Resin” is streaming HERE.

IRON FRONT will support Hooked with regional live actions and tour dates in 2024, leading with a trio of shows in San Diego, Pomona, and Los Angeles January 5th through 7th, and a release show for the album in San Francisco on January 13th. Watch for additional dates to post shortly.

1/05/2024 Better Half Supply Co – San Diego, CA
1/06/2024 The Haven – Pomona, CA
1/07/2024 The Rec Center – Los Angeles, CA
1/13/2024 The Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA *Hooked release show