Decibel Magazine is currently streaming “Vermin” from Seattle deathgrind trio RAT KING. The scathing new hymn comes by way of the band’s Psychotic Reality full-length, set for release on September 29th via Satanik Royalty Records.
Depending on who you ask, the term “rat king” has different meanings: One describes a group of literal rats, who meet their death after getting their tails knotted together on a sticky piece of trash, their bodies doomed to rot together in the trash for all eternity like a crown of rodent corpses. The others are metaphorical, used to describe a person who gains success by using others: Martin Luther once used this term to describe the Pope, calling him “the king of rats right at the top.” Either way, it’s a fitting concept for our current world where trash, greed, corruption, and toxicity are abundant, and where we’re all doomed to die together, no matter how we feel about our surroundings or each other. These are also all things RAT KING sings about on their third LP, Psychotic Reality.
Through blast beats and filthy, lightning-fast riffs, Psychotic Reality paints a picture of the truth we all faced in isolation when the media we consumed became our only means of connection: The darker you feel, the darker things you attract into your life – particularly when social media’s sinister algorithms are watching your every move, serving you more and more of what you consume regardless of the negativity, and your every thought can go out to the world in a matter of seconds. The album offers splenetic catharsis from that darkness, in the form of tracks like “Tortured Existence,” which deals with themes of escape, and “Corrupt Broken System,” which recounts the dehumanization of capitalist society.
Issues the band of latest single, “Vermin,” “We must accept the fact that the human race is a disease onto this world. This song explores that sentiment and it’s musically encased by the brutality of that self-realization.”
Adds Decibel, “The Seattle-based band rip through nine solid tracks on this banger of a record. It focuses on the darkness that can be found in everyday life, on social media, and in the everyday horrors of modern existence.”
Stream RAT KING’s “Vermin,” now playing at Decibel Magazine, HERE.
Psychotic Reality was recorded at Soundhouse Studios, produced by the band, and mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit Recording Studio. The album will be released on limited LP, cassette, and digitally.
RAT KING formed in 2013 when brothers Danny Racines (bass, vocals) and Ricky Racines (guitar, backup vocals) met Carlos Delgado (drums) and bonded over their mutual love of bands like Sepultura, Death, Nasum, and Brujeria, as well as a shared Latin heritage: The Racines brothers are Ecuadorian, while Delgado is Nicaraguan. Together they found a home in the supportive Seattle scene, where heavy riffs of all varieties and tempos are celebrated side by side under a dark, perpetually overcast sky. After three full-length albums and two EPs, the three members are at the height of their songwriting ability and passion for the project, eager to bring this record into the world.
Danny Racines – bass, vocals
Ricky Racines – guitar, backup vocals
Carlos Delgado – drum