Monday, December 15, 2014

OUTER HEAVEN - Diabolus Vobiscum

Melotov Records announces its first release of the new year: Diabolus Vobiscum, the debut EP by Outer Heaven.

Out February 10th, Outer Heaven's Diabolus Vobiscum kicks off Melotov's 2015, following up the label's busiest year to date – 2014 saw new releases by ACxDC, Tiger Flowers, Seizures, Vices, and Holy Tongues.

Decibel Magazine calls Outer Heaven, "new school death metal with an old school feel," exuding "a similar claustrophobic vibe" to the mighty Incantation and Coffins.

Stream Outer Heaven's "Vile Rebirth," off Diabolus Vobiscum, exclusively via Decibel, here.

Founded in 2012 in rural Pennsylvania, Outer Heaven is a familiar name in the hardcore scene, having played recently with bands like Full of Hell, Enabler, and Old Wounds, but on debut EP Diabolus Vobiscum the band dives headfirst into the abyss, showing total commitment to its sound: minimal, unearthly doom-death. From slithering dirges to mid-tempo headbangers, Diabolus Vobiscum is thoroughly soaked in evil, thanks in part to its cavernous production job. The EP was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Outer Heaven frontman Austin Haines at his own Black Beacon Sound in Douglassville, Pennsylvania.

Haines is backed by guitarist Jonathan Kunz (a founding member of Rivers of Nihil), bassist Phil Jaquez, and drummer Paul Chrismer.

The Diabolus Vobiscum tracklist is as follows:
1) Lord of the Void
2) Unholy Strength
3) That Which Was Taken
4) Vile Rebirth
5) Vault of Whispers

Diabolus Vobiscum follows a 2013 demo, available here.

"Publicist guy says: 'We think you'll like this – it sounds like Coffins.' So, we decide to check it out because we love Coffins. And yes, we can hear that a bit but we hear even more similarities to Mitochondrian and Decibel favorites Incantation. These are promising comparisons for extreme metal. Despite throwing out a few names to bait the hook we'll also say that Outer Heaven doesn't really sound like these bands as much as they exude a similar claustrophobic vibe. It's new school death metal with an old school feel without the shelf dust."
–Decibel