Pain Will Define Their Death, the new EP by Vitriol, is out today, self-released by the band.
Listen and download the EP for free, here:
"Vitriol are seemingly incapable of loosening their vise-grip on your eardrums. Double-bass-propelled death metal is the band's main conduit, leading listeners through the darkness with tremolo-picked melodies while hardcore-influenced vocals further drive the hatred."
"Proud successors to acts like Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, Nile, and vintage Gojira... 'Intense' only just scratches the surface of the aural annihilation this band summons."
"Some of the most pulverizing death metal you can find these days."
"Vitriol very well may be the most vicious and explosive death metal band currently hailing from the United States."
"Vitriol has the potential to be the next truly great death metal band."
"Perhaps the most promising and immediately impactful statement by a death metal band this year."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy
"This band wields the power to split the genre wide open."
Racking up serious pre-release praise from within the metal media, Pain Will Define Their Death sets forth Vitriol's sound in no uncertain terms. Through the EP's three tracks, the Portland, Oregon band lashes out with a style rooted in the turn-of-the-millennium works of Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, and Nile. Vitriol's three members – guitarist/vocalist Kyle Rasmussen, bassist/vocalist Adam Roethlisberger, and drummer Scott Walker – attack the hallowed genre with a fresh aggression that cannot be faked. Dense, visceral, overwhelming, Vitriol's tornado of sound is familiar but new.
Rasmussen describes the band's intensely focused vision as follows: “Violence is the element that will always be found in any Vitriol song. Trivializing the human experience and shining a light on its frailty and natural cowardice… I truly believe that what we want to communicate and represent with our band is a universal truth to everyone. We’re trying to tap into something that everyone has inside of them.”
Pain Will Define Their Death was recorded by the band and Derek Leisy at Audiosiege (Obituary, Full of Hell), and mixed by Taylor Young (Nails, Xibalba). It was mastered by Stephan Hawkes (Red Fang).