GRUESOME, Florida’s modern purveyors of old-school death metal have shared a cover of Death’s “Choke On It” off their legendary Leprosy album. The song is a “Humanized” reworking of the classic track which drummer Gus Rios elaborated on below. “This is a true homage from apprentice to master for me! The idea was to reinterpret this song as if Sean Reinert had recorded it, though I’ve always been very vocal about my adoration of Bill Andrew’s more simple but solid style, so obviously NO disrespect there! This is simply a fun reworking of what I consider to be one of the best tunes on Leprosy, and one that I thought would particularly lend itself well to some more complex grooves. Doing my best Bill Reinert impersonation!”
Additionally, GRUESOME has announced US tour dates supporting label-mates OBITUARY in May. A full list of dates, including festivals appearances at Chicago Domination Fest and Manitoba Metalfest, is listed below.
Fragments of Psyche EP is due out March 31st, 2017 on CD/7”EP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical pre-order and bundles are available via Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads can be pre-ordered at Bandcamp AT THIS LOCATION.
Fragments Of Psyche further continues the development of GRUESOME’s homage to death metal’s progenitors with a two-song slab of Death Human era worship. Featuring a brand new studio track with special guest drums from the legendary Sean Reinert (Death, Cynic) plus a “Humanized” reworking of the classic Death track “Choke On It”, Fragments Of Psyche offers a glimpse into the next era of GRUESOME. CD/Digital includes 5 deliciously raw, bonus demo tracks of the band’s first ever recordings!
GRUESOME TOUR DATES:
Apr 22 Winnipeg, CN Manitoba Metalfest 2017
— All Dates May 11 – May 21 With Obituary —
May 11 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
May 12 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
May 13 Birmingham, AL Syndicate Lounge
May 14 Nashville, TN Exit/In
May 16 Lousiville, KY Trixie’s
May 17 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
May 18 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
May 19 Amityville, NY Amityville Music Hall
May 20 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
May 21 Richmond, VA Broadberry
Jul 29 Chicago, IL Chicago Domination Fest 4
Multi-state death metal project GRUESOME was born out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey and drummer Gus Rios’ mutual involvement with the Death To All tours (Harvey served as frontman for the original mini-tour and Rios both performed “Baptized in Blood” and worked with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Exhumed filled in as support). After discussing and discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on the first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested that the pair write their own songs in intentional homage to Death. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the band soon had five tracks written. With Harvey writing in California, Rios recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida, while Harvey tracked his vocals on the West Coast.
GRUESOME released a pair of single-song demos in 2014, and was subsequently signed by Relapse Records in June of that year, with a full-length release (recorded in Florida, of course) planned for early the next year. The result of those recordings would become the band’s debut full- length Savage Land, a truly gruesome slab of Leprosy styled death metal released in April 2015. It’s clear from the song quality on Savage Land that GRUESOME is humbly determined to keep Death’s classic sound alive as faithfully as possible, and the critical acclaim for Savage Land has reflected the band’s dedication. Metal Injection called Savage Land “the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the– corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for,” while Exclaim declared that “the enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe-inspiring.”
After the positive reception of Savage Land, GRUESOME knew they wanted to continue further with their tribute, and decided that any true Death tribute band would have to sink its teeth into the undiluted savagery of Death’s early material. Their forthcoming EP reflects that sentiment: produced by the band and co-produced / recorded with Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation Studios RMP in Orlando, FL, Dimensions of Horror is a gruesome salute to Death’s iconic Scream Bloody Gore and once again features cover art by the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre). A six-song slab of grisly, bone-breaking death metal jams, Dimensions Of Horror continues the development of GRUESOME’s homage to the founding fathers of the genre and proves that no matter the decade, old-school death metal is always relevant, always brutal, and always irresistible. With an all- star lineup and unmatched songwriting skills, GRUESOME is willing and able to propel the historical sentiment and sincerity of Death’s spirit into the present.
Now in 2017, GRUESOME further continues the development of homage to death metal’s progenitors with a two-song slab of Death Human era worship. Fragments of Psyche EP features a brand new studio track with special guest drums from the legendary Sean Reinert (Death, Cynic) plus a “Humanized” reworking of the classic Death track “Choke On It”. Fragments Of Psyche offers a glimpse into the next era of GRUESOME. CD/Digital includes 5 deliciously raw, bonus demo tracks of the band’s first ever recordings!