Philadelphia’s/Washington, DC’s forward-thinking death metal entity HORRENDOUS are streaming another new track off their highly anticipated new album, ‘Idol’. The track titled “Devotion (Blood for Ink)” is hailed as an “adventurous and pioneering” take on metal and is streaming now at Revolver Magazine: https://www.revolvermag.com/music/hear-horrendous-channel-coroner-cynic-new-song-devotion-blood-ink OR check it out directly above.
Regarding the new track, guitarist/vocalist Matt Knox comments, “Devotion (Blood for Ink) is a meditation on the tenacity of the creative drive, that black hole incessantly pulling inward, a vortex of desire, self doubt, and the mad pursuit of creative perfection. It’s about finding fulfillment in creation without sacrificing oneself to the forging fire, and traversing the razor’s edge between obsession and oblivion. Musically, the song is a relentless push forward, plunging headlong into the belly of the beast, ceasing only for a moment to regroup and claw its way out again. In the end, even our greatest passions can devour us, becoming yet another Idol to which we pay tribute”
HORRENDOUS (Damian Herring – Guitar, Vocals, Matt Knox – Guitar, Vocals, Jamie Knox – Drums, Alex Kulick – Bass) will release ‘Idol’ worldwide on September 28. Pre-orders for ‘Idol’ are available now at the Season of Mist E-Shop: https://shopusa.season-of-mist.com/list/horrendous-idol
HORRENDOUS recently announced record release dates this fall. The tour begins on Nov. 8, and sees the band hitting Worcester, Philadelphia, New York, and D.C. Support on this tour comes from TOMB MOLD. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below:
HORRENDOUS are touring in support of their forthcoming new album, ‘Idol’. Drawing inspiration from both personal and national crises, ‘Idol’s’ music is a methodical and unapologetic take on dynamic, progressive death metal. The highly anticipated new album sees HORRENDOUS at the highest echelon of their musical creativity to date. Thematically, the ambitious new album is an exploration of defeat, of the gods we build in our minds to escape the responsibility of action and change as we relinquish our agency. The music in ‘Idol’ mimics this act of deity building, with sprawling compositions that are imposing in scope and mirror the great turmoil of our times. Tracks such as “Soothsayer”, “Golgothan Tongues” and the monumental “Obolus” position the band in a league of their own, as one of the death metal’s leading new entities.
The cover art and track list for ‘Idol’ can be found below.
3. The Idolater
4. Golgothan Tongues
5. Divine Anhedonia
6. Devotion (Blood for Ink)
HORRENDOUS formed in 2009. The band’s three founding members (Damian Herring – guitar, vocals, Matt Knox – guitar, vocals, Jamie Knox – drums), driven by a desire to capture and rekindle the mystique of a bygone era in the history of metal, fused elements from progressive metal, old school death metal, and more, into a cohesive sonic landscape. These initial compositions resulted in the of release their debut full-length ‘The Chills’ in 2012. The album received critically acclaim upon release, and was cited as “a preposterously flawless debut album. The old school just got schooled.” (Metal Injection).
Following the release of ‘The Chills’, HORRENDOUS began to expand upon their traditional death metal leanings, conjuring a bolder, more sophisticated musical approach from a wide-cast net of elements beyond the limitations of any genre. This lead to the back-to-back releases of ‘Ecdysis’ (2014) and (after relocating to Philadelphia,) ‘Anareta’ (2015). Both albums were incredibly well-received by both the heavy metal underground and critics alike. Each successive record marked a new step in the sonic evolution of the band and carried them further on their adventurous journey of musical awakenings.
Upon the release of ‘Anareta’, HORRENDOUS saw significant acclaim from mainstream music journalism, as the record was championed as “stunning” by Pitchfork, “A momentous and unconventionally poignant achievement… Anareta is death metal painted not with just reds and grays, but with the palette of human experience.” (SPIN), and saw the band “fearlessly reaching skyward, peeling off guitar leads that climb like clock towers or church steeples: intricate constructions resulting in monuments that are breathtaking to behold from afar, and almost impossible to believe when examined up close.” (Stereogum)
‘Anareta’ went on to top many best-of lists in 2015, making appearances in Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, SPIN, Decibel Magazine, Apple Music, Yahoo Music, and countless other publications, blogs, and websites.
All dates with TOMB MOLD, DAEVA
Nov. 8 Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Rock Diner
Nov. 9 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
Nov. 10 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Nov. 11 Washington, DC @ Atlas Brew Works