Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ASPHALT GRAVES + Metal Injection

"The punch in the face you ask for twice!"
–Metal Injection

"World, meet Asphalt Graves, your new favorite death-grind band."

"The New Primitive is sheer breakneck insanity. Jason Netherton's (Misey Index) distinctive screams are a perfect match with this more feral brand of death-grind, which pummels with blastbeats before hitting you with a more slab-like groove. Brutal, melodic, and noisy..."

"The band draws heavily on the hooky blastmasters of yore throughout their debut, The New Primitive. You can hear a lot of Assuck, Righteous Pigs, and 'we just became death metal'-era Napalm Death in particular... The combination of the beeftastic production, Shannon's pristine blasting, and Netherton's unmistakable snarl calls to mind the lean and hungry iteration of Misery Index that appeared in the early '00s... But all these comparisons kind of sell Asphalt Graves short, as this unit's got a hyperactive personality all its own."

"Asphalt Graves hits the sweet spot between death metal and grindcore that Napalm Death do in their post-'90s incarnation... A continuation of the early Misery Index sound, a way for Netherton to keep writing brief and pummeling music while his other band begins to move in a more melodic and complex direction... A fun listen and a grim vision of our grueling present day."
–Invisible Oranges

"A vicious death-grind extravaganza...  13 tracks of scathing vitriol and high octane mayhem. Asphalt Graves' rapid fire sonic bursts call to mind the earliest purveyors of death-grind."

Stream the title track off Asphalt Graves' debut album, The New Primitive, here:

Asphalt Graves, based in Richmond, Virginia, consists of Jason Netherton (Misery Index, ex-Dying Fetus), Shannon Lucas (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder), Brett Purgason (GWAR), and Adam Faris (War Torn).

The band revives the spirit of the early death-grinders – the energy and hooks of Napalm Death, Righteous Pigs, Terrorizer, Repulsion – and blasts it into the future via elite chops and modern production.

Out July 8th on Vitriol Records, The New Primitive was recorded at Audio Schmaudio Studios, GWAR's Slave Pit Studios, and Mindscape Studios, and was mastered by Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer and Agoraphobic Nosebleed.