A band whose members hail from such groups as Anhedonist, Triumvir Foul, Ash Borer, and Dagger Lust? Say no more, we’re drawn to what they’re doing like iron filings compelled by a big magnet.
Those are indeed some of the many band names on the resumes of the now-Portland-based quartet who call themselves Excarnated Entity. They’ve devoted their talents to the creation of doomed death metal, as revealed in desolate and devastating fashion on their forthcoming debut album Mass Grave Horizon — a title that’s entirely fitting as a preview of the music within.
The album is now set for release on September 8th by Nuclear Winter Records. One single has already emerged, and today we present a second one, a song of hideous majesty, pulverizing power, and otherworldly misery that goes by the name “Corridor of Flame“.
At nearly eight minutes in length, “Corridor of Flame” follows a winding path, but it’s one that’s very much in keeping with the song’s name. It opens with fire, the guitars writhing in tones somehow both brilliant and abysmal above tumultuous beats. That seizes attention very fast, and once the band have got your attention they slow into a grim, heaving lurch, just in time for gargantuan gutturals to drag the mood further into a black pit of cruelty and damnation.
Those high-toned guitars rise up again, wailing like the agony of apparitions above crushing percussive stomps and grisly bass vibrations. Oppressiveness and misery reign supreme, but as double-kicks erupt and chords smash down the music grows more deranged, the drums clobbering in frenzies, the guitars twisting into knots of pain, and the vocals becoming vicious strangled snarls and rabid howls.
Once again, the guitars wail and moan above double-bass battering and lo-frequency crushing. In the final sequence, the music becomes an even more primitive and brutish crush-fast, and the ensuing solo is as transfixing as it is frightening in its portrayal of haunting hopelessness. At the end of this corridor of flame, everything has been burned to cold cinders.
EXCARNATED ENTITY is:
NICK STRICKLER – Lead Guitar
DAN FRIED – Guitar / Vocals
RORY FLAY – Bass
MIKE STONE – Drums
As a further preview of Mass Grave Horizon, we note that the press materials for it make reference to “the morose melodicism of earliest My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost“, as well as “shades of Trouble, Cathedral, Solitude Aeturnus, and even Lycia lurking within those ruins”.
The album was recorded by Detto at Red Lantern Studios in Portland, OR, and additional vocals were recorded by Evan Mersky at Red Lantern. The record was mixed by Detto, and it was mastered by the renowned Dan Lowndes at Resonance Sound Studio. It features suitably blasted and barren cover art by FJ Mears.
Pre-order options are available via the link below, and after that you’ll find a stream of that first single from the album, the sonic scourge of “Irradiated Shadows“.