Tech-Death Demons Arsis & Psycroptic Debut First New Album Songs
A pair of established technical death metal bands are getting ready to unleash new albums. Virginia Beach's Arsis will drop their sixth full-length Visitant on November 2, which they've previewed with a video for "Tricking the Gods." And West Hobart, Tasmania's Psycroptic will release their seventh full-length studio album As the Kingdom Drowns on November 9 and have previewed the release with the track "We Are the Keepers." (see below)
Visitant is the follow-up to Arsis' 2013 album Unwelcome. Sessions were recorded at MRL Studios in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, DevilDriver). Musically, the album should appeal to anyone who has ever liked the band's brand of frantic, angular metal.
Regarding the lyrical content, the album was heavily inspired by splatter flicks, including Silver Bullet, The Fog, Prince of Darkness, Phantasm and Lord of Illusions. "All the lyrics are inspired by a different horror movie," said frontman James Malone. "I wanted a title that would allude to that but not give things—what I’m actually saying—away flat out. When I say inspired by, it’s very loose. People still have room to draw their own interpretations of what the lyrics are about. There’s a supernatural element to the lyrics for sure. "Visitant is like an old-time word for ghost or apparition."
Pre-order Visitant at the Nuclear Blast webstore and check out the band's upcoming tour dates below.
Psycroptic's As the Kingdom Drowns is the follow-up to their 2015 self-titled album and was produced by J. Haley and mixed and mastered by Will Putney. The album is the band's first to feature new bassist Todd Stern, who replaced Cameron Grant (following a 19-year tenure) in 2018.
While the record touches on familiar Psycroptic sounds and styles it also exhibits a greater willingness to experiment. "As always with this band, we wanted it to have the distinctive sound of a Psycroptic album but wanted to push ourselves further with adding new elements and having a darker vibe than on previous releases," said vocalist Jason Peppiatt. "I think we achieved our goal and this is something we are all very proud of."
Pre-orders for As the Kingdom Drowns are available here.
Psycroptic, As The Kingdom Drowns Artwork + Track Listing
01. We Were The Keepers
02. Frozen Gaze
05. As The Kingdom Drowns
06. Beyond The Black
07. Upon These Stones
08. Momentum of the Void
09. You Belong Here, Below
Arsis, Decrepit Birth, Pyrexia, AngelMaker + Within Destruction Tour Dates:
Oct. 12 San Diego, Calif. @ Brick By Brick
Oct. 13 Los Angeles, Calif. @ 1720
Oct. 14 Mesa, Ariz. @ Club Red
Oct. 16 Dallas, Texas @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Oct. 17 Austin, Texas @ Come And Take It Live
Oct. 18 Laredo, Texas @ Ethos Live
Oct. 19 Houston, Texas @ Acadia Bar
Oct. 20 New Orleans, La. @ The Howlin’ Wolf
Oct. 21 Orlando, Fla. @ The Haven
Oct. 24 Virginia Beach, Va. @ Shaka’s Live
Oct. 25 Clifton, N.J. @ Dingbatz
Oct. 26 Brooklyn, N.Y. @ The Kingsland
Oct. 27 Manchester, N.H. @ Bungalow
Oct. 28 Quebec, Quebec @ Salle Multi
Oct. 30 Montreal, Quebec @ Les Foufounes Électriques
Oct. 31 Ottawa, Ontario @ Mavericks
Nov. 01 Detroit, Mich. @ Harpos
Nov. 03 Chicago, Ill. @ Reggies
Nov. 04 Merriam, Kan. @ Aftershock
Nov. 06 Denver, Colo. @ The Roxy Theater
Nov. 07 Salt Lake City, Utah @ Metro Music Hall
Nov. 09 Seattle, Wash. @ Club Sur Rocks
Nov. 11 Watsonville, Calif. @ Appleton Bar and Grill
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