Delivering massive accolades to the album’s visceral, gripping might, the Vice-operated music channel issues bluntly, “VASTUM’s Hole Below is one of the best death metal albums of the year, if not the genre’s absolute pinnacle for 2015. Much has already been made of its cavernous, bone-crushing heaviness and beautifully disgusting guitar tone, to say nothing of the shuddering rasps and viscous gurgles of Abdul-Rauf and vocalist Daniel Butler’s demonic vocal tag-team. It’s creepy, and complex, and utterly engrossing; you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything else under the death metal banner that hits quite this hard, even without taking into account the disturbing, cerebral lyrics, which elevate VASTUM to an entirely different level of extremity.”
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Hole Below sees release tomorrow, Friday, November 6th on digital platforms and CD through 20 Buck Spin and on cassette via Sentient Ruin Laboratories. The LP will follow in December via 20 Buck Spin. Preorders for the CD can be placed HERE, the digital HERE, and the cassette HERE. Vinyl preorders are pending.
VASTUM begins its first ever East Coast US tour with Four Days Of Sodom, the first show invading Brooklyn tonight, with shows in Baltimore, Richmond and Philadelphia over the following three nights, sharing the stage with the likes of Trenchgrinder, Infernal Stronghold, Ilsa, Locusta, Genocide Pact and more along the way.
11/05/2015 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Trenchgrinder, Infernal Stronghold, Coagula
11/06/2015 The Sidebar – Baltimore, MD w/ Ilsa, Genocide Pact, Castle Freak, Bestial Evil
11/07/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Locusta, Vorator, Left Cross
11/11/2015 The Farm – Philadelphia, PA matinee show w/ Trenchgrinder, Repellers
One of the most lyrically unique, creative and disturbing bands in underground metal, San Francisco’s VASTUM delivers Hole Below. Recorded with Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Noothgrush, Lycus, Vhöl) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Nails, Yob), the nearly forty-minute torrent of trauma that is Hole Below bleeds six grueling movements which see the band even delivering more densely claustrophobic tonal obliteration while simultaneously unloading top-notch musicianship. Here, the band has honed their disturbed masochism into a sound manifestly their own and true to the core of the purest, darkest death metal. In an 8/10 review, Decibel Magazine offers, “…this SF-based quintet lacquers ever time-tested gesture with enough fire to let their intrinsic strangeness shine through, and Invisible Oranges agrees, with, “A sheen of murk keeps the driving riffs just obscure enough to create some atmosphere without making the music incomprehensible.” Cvlt Nation proclaims, “this fucker slays from the moment you press play! Is this album going to end up our year end list as one of the raddest Death Metal LP’s of 2015? The answer is HELL YES!!!” Merchants Of Air stammers, “Holy Fuck is this a heavy mother fucker. Holy Fuck is this a heavy mother fucker. Holy Fuck is this a heavy mother fucker. Holy Fuck is this a heavy mother fucker. Holy Fuck is this a heavy mother fucker. Holy Fuck is this a heavy mother fucker.”