Selfmadegod Records presents Slough Of Despair, the debut album from Italian death metal project SLUDGE KEEPER. The label today issues the album’s cover art, track listing, preorders, and lead single, “Mud Keepers.”
SLUDGE KEEPER is a death metal studio project created by Andrea Tocchetto (Inverted Matter) in Northeastern Italy in 2020. On Slough Of Despair, the project features high-level guest musicians Kevin Paradis (Benighted, Mithridatic) on drums, and Marco Mastrobuono on bass.
Finding inspiration from the narrative universe of doom, SLUDGE KEEPER proposes a direct style of death metal in the vein of Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel, Internecine, and Vitriol, with some atmospheric and mid-tempo openings without neglecting outbursts and peaks of sulfurous violence.
Slough Of Despair was recorded between 2020 and 2022, with all music and lyrics written and produced by Andrea Tocchetto. Tocchetto played and recorded all rhythm guitars, and performed all vocals which were recorded at Badrum Studio by Jason Nealy and Marco Dussin. The bass was recorded by Marco Mastrobuono at Kick Studio, the drums were recorded by Kevin Paradis at Nostromo Studio, and the record features guest solos on “Summon Of The Deeper Muds,” “Weed Incubator,” and “Artifact” by Jason Nealy. The final tracks were mixed and mastered at Skunk Works Studio by Tocchetto, and the album is completed with artwork by Mark Erskine.
Stream SLUDGE KEEPER’s first Slough Of Despair single, “Mud Keepers,” at YouTube RIGHT HERE.
Slough Of Despair will be released on CD and digital formats on July 14th. Find US physical preorders HERE and European preorders HERE. Watch for digital preorders and additional audio previews of the record to post shortly.
Slough Of Despair Track Listing:
2. Weed Incubator
3. Summon Of The Deeper Muds
4. Tar Pit
6. Spawning Vats
7. Mud Keepers
8. Path To The Slough Of Despair