embracing of a cataclysmic nihilism and all-out misanthropic warfare.
Dear Desolation continues the band’s evolutionary trajectory, remaining consistently inventive and diverse without sacrificing the band’s established identity.
When guitarists Sean Delander and Andy Marsh reconvened to begin work on what would become the band’s fourth album, they kept the material anchored in the rhythmic death metal that’s become their
Holed up in New Jersey for several weeks, the duo amassed around 25 songs between them, trimming the fat until only the 12 strongest compositions remained. Lee Stanton and Kevin Butler laid down their contributions, with powerhouse vocalist CJ McMahon knocking out awe-inspiring performances, with Marsh’s lyrics, in less than two weeks.
Thematically the album expands beyond vicious polemic and vehemently contrarian invective into broader storytelling, contemplative death anxiety, and meditations on mortality and morality. It’s an album of culture, environment, community; ties that bind, the panic that unwinds, and the constant, urgent primal scream.
This is extreme metal for the people, torchbearers for a primal style that doesn’t die.