Well, it was only yesterday that we posted a big feature about the first album from Sweden’s Wombbath in 22 years and a video teaser reel of song excerpts from the album — which is entitled Downfall Rising. And maybe we should have been a little more patient, because today an entire new song from the album hit YouTube — “Underneath Rotten Soil” — and you can hear it below.
As reported yesterday, the reincarnation of this long-missing cult band now consists of original guitarist Håkan Stuvemark (Skineater, ex-In Thy Dreams) plus vocalist/bassist Jonny Petterson (Ashcloud, Syn:drom, etc.), guitarist Al Riglin, and drummer Henrik Åberg — although Jeramie Kling (Infernaeon, The Absence) did the drumming on the new album and additional guitar parts on the record were contributed by Taylor Nordberg (Infernaeon).
This new song is everything I had hoped and expected it would be when I learned about Wombbath’s return. It begins in a perfectly morbid, ghastly crawl and then accelerates into an eviscerating rampage loaded with tasty HM-2 riff saws, gut-punching percussion, and truly gruesome vocal malignancy (Jonny Petterson really does know how to unleash putrid, un-dead horrors with his voice). The song’s pacing is dynamic, it’s heavy as hell, and it oozes sickness from every pore. Hail the return of fucking Wombbath.
Downfall Rising will be jointly released on August 21 in the U.S. by Dark Descent and on August 7 everywhere else by Pulverised Records. The album was mixed by Jeramie Kling and mastered by James Murphy (Disincarnate, ex-Death, ex-Testament, ex-Obituary, etc). Very cool cover art, too.