photos by Sidney Stauts
As Texas death metal quintet TRIBAL GAZE prepares for the official release of their debut LP The Nine Choirs through Maggot Stomp this Friday, today, Revolver Magazine is hosting an exclusive advance stream of the entire record.
Rather than follow a well-trodden path, TRIBAL GAZE bulldozes a lane of their own under the tracks of their hard-hitting and hypnotic brand of death metal. The band – vocalist McKenna Holland, bassist Zachary Denton, drummer Cesar De Los Santos, and guitarists Quintin Stauts and Ian Kilmer — crushes without compromise, fortifying a technical assault with jackhammer hooks. Earning acclaim from the likes of notable media outlets and sharing stages with Municipal Waste, Creeping Death, and more, the group present an unforgiving and undeniable vision on their full-length debut album, The Nine Choirs.
During the Spring of 2022, the band cut guitars, bass, and vocals themselves out of home studios in Dallas and Longview, Texas and laid down drums at The Bubble in Austin, the musicians naturally progressed as part of the process. The album was mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit Recording Studio (Regional Justice Center, Drain, God’s Hate), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Integrity, 200 Stab Wounds) and completed with artwork by Yu Sugawara and photography by Sydney Stauts.
Drummer Cesar De Los Santos offers, “I feel the album is an intricate grouping of crushing riffs, steady groove, and haunting vocals. Not only does the album offer that old-school death metal sound and feel but presents a breath of fresh air that I feel many people will be happy to experience.”
Guitarist Quintin Status adds, “This album has its own gravitational pull, an album that will make you horrified of heaven, and an album that transcends trends and phases.”
Revolver writes with their advance stream of The Nine Choirs, “…the Texas death-metal band are now wrapping up a tour with Creeping Death and 200 Stab Wounds, and if you’re a fan of either of those modern-day trailblazers, then you absolutely need to be downing TRIBAL GAZE‘s debut album, The Nine Choirs… Old-school fans will definitely pick up notes of Morbid Angel and Obituary in these songs, but TRIBAL GAZE are fundamentally a Texas band, and you can hear the Lonestar state’s signature groove in their pendulum-like rhythms.”
Listen to TRIBAL GAZE’s entire The Nine Choirs LP early first only at Revolver Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Maggot Stomp will release The Nine Choirs on CD, cassette, and digital formats this Friday, September 16th, with the vinyl version to follow in early 2023. Find current preorders at the label webshop HERE, digital preorders at Bandcamp HERE, and watch for additional merch and LP preorders to post soon. See the video for “And How They Wept For Eternity” HERE.
TRIBAL GAZE continues their massive North American tour supporting Creeping Death and labelmates 200 Stab Wounds which has been ongoing for over a month and comes to a finale this weekend.
TRIBAL GAZE w/ Creeping Death, 200 Stab Wounds, Age Of Apocalypse [remaining dates]:
9/14/2022 Milestone – Charlotte, NC
9/15/2022 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
9/16/2022 Santos – New Orleans, LA
9/17/2022 Studio @ Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
9/18/2022 Spider Ballroom – Austin, TX