Aug 152023

We live in a world where oceans no longer stand as vast barriers to human interaction, and that’s as true in music as in anything else. Witness the union of two Brazilians — guitarist/vocalist Cris Martinez and bassist/vocalist Juan Azevedo — and Finnish drummer Kalle Lindfors in the death metal unit known as 3rd War Collapse.

Martinez and Lindfors first joined forces in this formation (along with Azevedo‘s predecessor) to record the band’s debut album Damnatus, which was released in 2021 by Guttural Brutality Productions. With the new lineup, 3rd War Collapse now have a sophomore album named Catastrophic Epicenter that’s set for release on August 24th by Lethal Scissor Records.

Lethal Scissor‘s advance publicity heralds the new album as “a much-needed hammer to the face, a riff-driven assault which delivers ten tracks of brutal death metal mixed with elements of grindcore, thrash and old school heaviness.” The world has already witnessed the album’s title track, courtesy of a premiere at Toilet Ov Hell, along with a pair of other songs, and today we’re revealing yet another one — a track named “Fomites“.

The album’s lyrical themes are described as detailing “the myriad ways that human beings waste, destroy or devalue what’s in front of them”.

As confirmed by a bit of googling, in addition to the words you’ll hear at the outset of “Fomites“, the song’s title is a medical term which refers to inanimate objects and materials that, when contaminated by infectious agents, become capable of spreading disease.

Though here the song’s title may be allegorical as well as literal, the music does feel diseased, like a viral infection in full bloom and spreading rapidly. In ugly tones, the riffing roils and rages, convulsing in paroxysms of unrestrained mayhem, and the gurgling guttural vocals themselves sound gruesomely ill.

But the song also inflicts brute-force bludgeoning, armed with the kind of jackhammering and pile-driving thuggery that loosens teeth and fractures vertebrae, and those vocals also rise into howls of hateful belligerence. Moreover, the music also erupts in cataclysms of violence, the drums firing at a high rate of speed and the stringed instruments swarming in outbreaks of lethal madness.



As mentioned above, three more songs are also available for streaming at Bandcamp, where the album can also be pre-ordered now. It comes recommended for fans of Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Skinless, and Criminal Element.



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