RIPARIAN: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Consumed By What Is Unknown” By Pittsburgh Death Metal Outfit; Debut EP Nears Release Via Grimoire Records

[photo by James Walker]

Decibel Magazine is now streaming “Consumed By What Is Unknown,” the bruising fourth track on the self-titled debut EP by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based caustic death metal outfit, RIPARIAN. The track hits several weeks ahead of Riparian‘s release through Grimoire Records at the beginning of March, for which the band has just announced a local record release show.

Since their formation by former members of Wrought Iron, Circle Of Dead Children, Grisly Amputation, and more, RIPARIAN‘s sound has coalesced into an intense entity, infusing a foundation of classic death metal with technical time signature manipulation, a bit of crushing grindcore brute force, with elements of doom and dark atmospherics infiltrating the mix. RIPARIAN packs five tracks of caustic, bizarre, filthy death metal into a dense, twenty-five-minute release on their debut, Riparian.

With the premiere of the record’s “Consumed By What Is Unknown,” guitarist Louis Snyder divulges, “‘Consumed By The Unknown’ to me is a delicious metal subgenre Reuben sandwich that satisfies all. It starts with your basic doomy and chewy marble rye bread with a light spread of atmospheric sounds, as a tangy Thousand Island dressing. Add your tech-death sounding riffs and gnarly grindcore proteins in the middle, for that savory main course flavor, and slow it down again for the sauerkraut that leaves you burping and remembering what you just had… ‘Consumed.'”

Decibel offers with the track’s debut, “Riparian, the eponymous new EP from the Pittsburgh-based group, is built on a slab of primitive, almost brutal, classic death metal and enhanced by elements of doom and grindcore. That’s on full display on tracks like ‘Consumed By What is Unknown,’ which starts at a slow, doomy tempo before breaking into a grinding gallop two minutes into the song. RIPARIAN have clearly studied their old-school death metal, leaving a trail of grooves, dive bombs, blasts and filthy vocals on the song.”

Stream RIPARIAN’s “Consumed By What Is Unknown” only at Decibel RIGHT HERE.

Grimoire Records will issue Riparian on CD and digital platforms on March 1st; find preorders HERE. Also see the band’s recently-released video for “The Nuclear Unclear” RIGHT HERE.

RIPARIAN has booked a hometown release show for the new EP, taking place March 9th at Get Hip Records in Pittsburgh. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced in the weeks ahead.

3/09/2019 Get Hip Records – Pittsburgh, PA *Riparian release show w/ Post Mortal Possession, Enfilad, Pegan Youth

RIPARIAN formed in April 2017, their name reflecting elements of their hometown of Pittsburgh, referencing the City Of Bridges, Three Rivers, and the Iron City. Since the lineup’s solidification, RIPARIAN has carved an increasingly wider channel for themselves with higher profile live shows, signing with Grimoire Records, and recording their self-titled debut with the label’s Noel Mueller in Baltimore in September of 2018. Riparian was recorded, mixed, and mastered in September 2018 by Noel Mueller in his Tiny Castle, in Towson, Maryland, with additional vocal recording by Nate Campisi at Mr. Smalls Recording Studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the cover artwork for the EP handled by Jason Angst/Artisan Pittsburgh.