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Virulent Depravity- Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree 9.9/10 \m/

Virulent Depravity

Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree

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Releases April 7, 2017

Mike Low – Mixing
Zak Denham – Mastering
Justin Abraham – Artwork

 

 

I am thrilled to bring you guys my review of the highly anticipated debut Virulent Depravity album, Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree.

The line up for Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree is;                                                                        Colin Butler – Composition / Guitar / Bass / Vocals
Malcolm Pugh – Guitar
Kévin Paradis – Drums

Virulent Depravity band photo

I believe for the next album, the lineup will remain the same, with different guest appearances to look forward to. This is some of the most complexly composed material I have ever heard. The riffs are unreal, but retain catchiness, and are melodic in their own, incredibly technical way. Lots of great harmonizations and riff counter points.

Some songs with particularly great riffs are; “Beyond The Point Of No Return”, there is a SICK harmony melodic riff that repeats. Definitely one of my favorite riffs I have heard in a long time. The solos are insane. Some very creative licks and a unique, but epic feel utilized. All of the solo tones sound awesome, and fit, but sound individualized, especially the difference between Colin and Malcolm’s tones. Malcolm’s seems to sound more melodic, similar to his “A Loathing Requiem” tone, but still fit for this project. Where Colin’s tone seems a bit more alien in sound. The guest solos are all rather distinct as well. Mark Hawkins (Devolved) rips the first solo on the entire album with a very crisp tone right into a killer solo by Malcolm and a sweet melodic solo by Colin. The most similar of all the guest solos to Colin’s tone is Elijah Whitehead, who performs a killer solo after Colin on “Mechanized Defilement”. One of my favorite solos on the album by far as well.

This album isn’t just technically proficient though. Your mind will be blown with its feel and passion as well. “Only Human” begins with a beautiful, clean section into an almost classically influenced lead, into the brutality. It comes back to awesome soulful sections later on as well, one, after an awesome guest solo by Craig Peters (Deeds OF Flesh, Destroying The Devoid, ex-Arkaik), flowing incredibly with a nice bass part into a sweet groovy riff and beautiful solo by Colin. The song has some more badass verses, a chorus and a few more killer solos by Colin. The ending is very soulful as well and goes back to that Neo-classical vibe.
The closing track, “Crushed By Futuristic Filth”, is one of the most well-rounded. It is crushing and beautiful and so much more. It has an amazing soft section with a keyboard solo by Jimmy into a completely heart wrenching, beautifully written, emotional but uplifting solo by Malcolm. It is really fantastic! After smoothly going back to brutality it then sounds like it is over at about 5 minutes in and it kind of spirals into a beautifully written guest solo by the young virtuoso, Sims Cashion, over a soft section with keys and more beauty as well.

The bass isn’t overshadowed either. Often in albums when it is performed by the primary composer who is a guitarist, the bass gets the role of simply “holding down the low-end”. Not here. Not only does it have an “EXCELLENT” tone, but Colin steps in and out (mostly out) of the guitar work and throws in a lot of perfectly placed, totally sick fills. He mixes up the technique a lot as well. Between finger picking, slap parts and cool tap licks. The bass has it all on this album. All the tracks have awesome bass. We’ve established this, but some songs have especially great parts that are worth mentioning. Such as “Only Human” has a great bass part during a soft instrumental section in the middle of the song. “Mechanized Defilement” has awesome fills, strategically placed to grab your attention through the entire song, and there is a stop with a nice bass sweep which everyone loves when done right. In the last song, “Crushed By Futuristic Filth”, following the guitar solo is a piano solo with an amazing bass line under it. Not overly shred-dy, just so good. The piano continues after the rest of the instruments stop to give a bleak, but slightly hopeful sounding end.

The vocals are just “WOW“! He utilizes so many different tones as tasteful accents, while the main tone seems to be a low mid to a low that are very aggressive. The delivery is what really gets me here. Most of it is well enunciated and while crushingly brutal and technical, still fairly easy to understand. At other times he uses what I call, “vocal artistic integrity” and just massacres us with some of the sickest deliveries I have ever heard. Especially during certain techy riffs, the speed and ability to manipulate words slightly to fit perfect, is incredibly impressive. The vocal speed and delivery in “Serpentine Messiah”, some of the line in “Your Demise” and, the vocals in “Beyond The Point Of No Return” are ridiculous and some of the verses in “Crushed By Futuristic Filth” are nearly inhuman. Simply astonishing performance. Hard to keep up to even reading along at times. “Your Demise” also has some really great delivery in lines that are not incredibly fast. My favorite being “as you sleep in your cocoon of ignorance, night approaches and we are coming for you” before Malcolm’s solo. The delivery is simply sinister and perfect. The whole song has excellent vocals, not to mention the whole damn album.

The drum performance is also totally crazy. Ridiculously fast blasts with meticulously placed but sporadic at the same time fills. He is capable of basically any type of beat he demonstrates. He tastefully and strategically places occasional gravity blasts, but mostly keeping to jarring blasts and crazy bursts and fills. The snare beats and kick bursts in the first verse of “Serpentine Messiah” is just nuts. Incredible doubly kick speed and stamina through the whole album. especially on that song, “Spineless Obedience, Your Demise”, “Bad Drug”, “Beyond The Point Of No Return”, and “Only Human”. As well as super tasty cymbal word with the changing between crashes / Chinas / splashes and even super tasty hi-hat use between hits. It is my understanding that Colin composed all of the riffs, and wrote general ideas for the drums, but it was all basically Kevin. He even records in his home studio. Which is a huge plus to me. The drums have a very refreshingly organic sound, which can especially be heard during the softer instrumental sections. The cymbals sound amazing and are panned great. Everything about the drum performance, engineering and mix is completely stellar in my opinion.

One thing I really love about the album is that while being absolutely mind-boggling-ly technical, it remains cohesive, and often even has a psychedelic vibe. At times the lead tone helps achieve this, such as the solo in “Spineless Obedience” and a lead section, in “Desecrating Eden”, which comes back at the end also and I just love it and the way the guitar mixes with the Keyboard solo in the middle. This is a largely unexplored sound in the genre and it has been demonstrated magnificently here. With classical level intricacy in the composition and a modern spin to the technicality and riff style mixed with the perfect levels of brutality and passion in the right places. There is even some Neo-classically influenced licks. If this isn’t one of the most creative and well-rounded albums in Death Metal history, then I must have a lot to learn. Definite contender for album of the year! Get on this people! Soon! … I want vinyl.

For fans of Spawn Of Possession, First Fragment, Anomalous, Archspire, Inanimate Existence, Ending Tyranny

9.9/10 \m/

 

Guest Musicians:
Jimmy Pitts – Keys (Track 4, 10)
Mark Hawkins – Solo (Track 1)
Nick Padovani – Solo (Track 6)
Craig Peters – Solo (Track 8)
Elijah Whitehead – Solo (Track 9)
Sims Cashion – Solo (Track 10)
Nathan  Bounds – Guest Vocals  (Track 10)

LINKS
https://www.facebook.com/virulentdepravity/
https://virulentdepravity.bandcamp.com/album/fruit-of-the-poisoned-tree
https://theartisanera.bandcamp.com/
http://www.theartisanera.com/
Check out the early stream from Tech Death Tuesday HERE

 

 

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Metal News Update Weekend Edition

The Latest in Metal News, tour, and music released this week

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PG.Lost stream their full length “Versus” at Decibel.com

Also they are getting ready to do a handful of shows to suuport Alcest on Mono:

  1. LOST w/ Alcest, Mono:

11/18/2016 VK – Brussels, BE
11/19/2016 013 – Tilburg, NL
11/20/2016 P60 – Amstelveen, NL
11/21/2016 Uebel & Gefahrlich – Hamburg, DE

11/22/2016 Lille Vega – Copenhagen, DK
11/23/2016 Pustervik – Gothenburg, SE
11/24/2016 Parkteatret – Oslo, NO
11/25/2016 Debaser Strand – Stockholm, SE
11/26/2016 KB – Malmo, SE
11/27/2016 Binuu – Berlin, DE
11/28/2016 B90 – Gdansk , PL
11/29/2016 Firlej – Wroclaw, PL
11/30/2016 Szene – Vienna, AT
12/01/2016 Durer Kert – Budapest, HU
12/02/2016 Tabacka – Kosice, SK
12/03/2016 Rockstadt – Brasov, RO


New Zealand death metal outfit, ULCERATE, has issued the heavy new track “Abrogation,” which hails from the band’s Relapse Records-bound fifth full-length, Shrines Of Paralysis on clrvynt  

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They are also on tour for the following dates:

ULCERATE Tour Dates:

10/21/2016 Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ

10/22/2015 San Fran – Wellington, NZ

w/ Zhrine & Phobocosm:

11/02/2016 Complex – Los Angeles, CA

11/03/2016 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA

11/04/2016 Panic Room – Portland, OR

11/05/2016 Highline – Seattle, WA

11/06/2016 Astoria – Vancouver, BC

11/07/2016 The Golden Bull – Oakland, CA

11/09/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

11/10/2016 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ

11/11/2016 Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX

11/12/2016 Limelight – San Antonio, TX

11/13/2016 Acadia Bar – Houston, TX

11/14/2016 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX

11/15/2016 Siberia – New Orleans, LA

11/16/2016 Atlantic – Gainesville, FL

11/17/2016 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

11/18/2016 529 – Atlanta, GA

11/19/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

11/20/2016 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD

11/22/2016 Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA

11/23/2016 Great Scott – Boston, MA

11/24/2016 Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC

11/25/2016 Coalition – Toronto, ON

11/26/2016 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI

11/27/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL

11/28/2016 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA

11/29/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

Turbid North Unleash the video for “Pyramid Drones”

from their second full length album ‘Eyes Alive’ which is set for release on 30th September via Apocalyptic Witchcraft.

For fans of Napalm Death, Misery Index, Crowbar, Mastodon, Gojira, Isis and Pink Floyd


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Goatwhore kick of a 15 date mini tour starting tomorrow and ending October 1st. When they plan on heafong vack in to the studio to begin recording.

GOATWHORE w/ The Blood Royale: 

9/16/2016 The District – Lafayette, LA *
9/17/2016 The Gig – Beaumont, TX
9/18/2016 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
9/19/2016 Korova Basement – San Antonio, TX
9/20/2016 Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
9/21/2016 Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
9/22/2016 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
9/23/2016 The Merrow – San Diego, CA *
9/24/2016 Ozzfest – San Bernardino, CA *
9/25/2016 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
9/26/2016 Rojo’s – South Lake Tahoe, CA
9/28/2016 Lion’s Lair – Denver, CO
9/29/2016 Launchpad – Albuquerque. NM
9/30/2016 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
10/01/2016 Luna Live – Lake Charles, LA *
* No The Blood Royale


Helsott annouce plan for e.p,

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Pagan metal band HELSOTT is proud to announce they are recording their new EP titled ‘The Healer’ at Trench Studio in CA with John Haddad The EP will be the follow up to their 2014 album ‘Woven’, which the band toured the USA heavily in support of on the Pagan Rebellion tour with Arkona and Heidevolk. They are launching an indiegogo campaign to get the E.P. mixed and mastered.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-helsott-mix-and-master-their-new-ep#/updates


Garden State-based brutal death metal legion/recent Unique Leader signees COGNITIVE will drop the molten bounty of their Deformity full-length next month. Captured at Full Force Studio by Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding, Dehumanized) the record has nine tracks of solid brutal death

Decibel Magazine has put up COGNITIVE‘s official new video for the track “Birthing The Deformity.”

They are also planning a tour this fall starting October 28th and running through to November 13th.

 


Music out this week:

Virvum- Illuminance  out 9-16-2016

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Inanimate Existence-Calling From a Dream out 9-16-2016

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Barishi- Blood From A Lions Mouth out 9-16-2016

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Aephanemer- Memento Mori out 9-16-2016

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Mare Cognitum- Luminiferous Aether out 9-16-2016

Order Here


Sentinels -World Divide Out 9-16-2016

Order Here


Chariots Of The Gods- Ages Unsung Out 9-16-2016

Order Here


Warfather – The Grey Eminence Out 9-16-2016

Order Here


 

 

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