INTERVIEW: MATT SOTELO OF DECREPIT BIRTH

BY DANIELLE EVANS

Danielle: What are you most excited about regarding the new album?

Matt: What I’m most excited about – um, well the fact that it’s been about seven years since our last album. We just did the tour not too long ago but before that, we also hadn’t toured in like three years so I’m just excited to get back out there and start touring again with new music and to finally have a new album after seven years.

 

Danielle: Yeah, for sure! What are some similarities and differences between the new album and your previous albums such as polarity?

Matt: Well, there are some similarities actually to all of our records with our new stuff. But really it’s a lot, we really tried to kinda go back to our first album a little bit which is “… And Time Began” and kinda throw some of that over the top, just brutal heaviness. And there is a little bit less of the melodic tech stuff that we did on the last couple of records. I mean it’s still kinda, it still has some of that, […] but we’re combining the old with the new and I would say the new stuff is definitely, […] heavier than the last couple of records, so that’s the difference.

Danielle: That’s awesome. So, I understand you did most of the songwriting for the new album. What were some of your inspirations while writing?

Matt: My inspirations, well you know, just the others that have come before me basically, all the original bands. I get a lot of influence from the early 90s Florida death metal scene. I really like that stuff a lot. So, I mean that’s what I was into when I was a kid when I was first getting into death metal in the 90s, was a lot of the Florida bands, New York bands and so that still is my inspiration to this day but, you know at the same time, all the music I listen to is an inspiration and I don’t just listen to death metal. I listen to all kinds of stuff, like weird 80s pop stuff and like Depeche Mode and stuff like that. You know just random stuff. I don’t really like too much modern pop per se, I’m not really into the new, brand new stuff on the radio today, but, I’m really into the old especially 80s and 90s stuff. And I love just any, you know, progressive stuff like Rush and stuff like that. Anything that is cool, it doesn’t need to be heavy at all times and we take a little bit of that and put it into our music even if it’s not necessarily obvious.

Danielle: Yeah! That’s cool. And, do you guys have any tours lined up following the release?

Matt: Finally, yes! I just confirmed a tour two days ago! I was doing all these interviews and everyone was asking “do you guys have a tour” and we kept having to say no and it kinda bothered me a little bit because we are normally on tour when an album comes out!  This time we won’t be on tour while the album comes out but we do have something planned for fall and I can’t say exactly what it is, but it’s, it’s gonna be a banger!

 

WARFATHER: Entire Debut Album From Ex-Morbid Angel Frontman Now Playing At Revolver

The debut release from ex-Morbid Angel bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker’s endtime death metal outfit,WARFATHER, is upon the masses, as Greyhaze Records released the mighty Orchestrating The Apocalypseon January 21st in North America, and its February 24th European release is closing in.

 

Acclaim from around the globe on the devastating yet atmospheric Orchestrating The Apocalypse is raining in, the album winning over diehard critics from the old-school and with current writers, and fans of all eras of Morbid Angel. Trading in his bass to handle all guitar and vocal duties with WARFATHER, Tucker recruited a crew of internationally-based executioners to complete the lineup, the collective meeting at Cincinnati-based TME Studios to record their brutal, apocalyptic vision with Tucker handling recording duties. Finalized at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, Orchestrating The Apocalypse hellishly dispatches a dozen tracks which expand upon the three Tucker-fronted Morbid Angel albums —Formulas Fatal To The Flesh, Gateways To Annihilation and Heretic — delivering an intense, debilitating performance while infusing unique even bizarre atmospheric elements, elevating the album to a cutting-edge status.

 

With the album now infiltrating the airwaves, Revolver Magazine is broadcasting the Orchestrating The Apocalypse message in its decimating entirety AT THIS LOCATION.

 

North American fans can purchase the CD version of Orchestrating The Apocalypse — a six-panel digipak with a twelve-page booklet — now direct from Greyhaze HERE and Earsplit Distro HERE.

 

“Surely helping to craft three pre-Illud Morbid Angel records, performing with anthropological legends Nile and recently fronting Nader Sadek’s all-star eco-death art project must earn him status as a scene fixture. But the 42-year-old vocalist/guitarist’s excitement for Warfather’s debut feels as green and contagious as that of any shredder half his age.” – Decibel

 

“Orchestrating the Apocalypse sounds straight out of ’99 – after engineers got comfortable with triggering drums, but before they got uppity about artificially fixing performances.” – Invisible Oranges

 

“…a strong militant vibe is felt throughout the record. Additionally, its broad scope and dense sound recalls an act like Nile or Origin. Most enjoyable must be the guitar performances, as Tucker and Armatura don’t simply play fast, but engage in a wide manner of the off-beat and the intense. A strong, often devastating death metal record. 4/5” – About.com

 

“The record gives Morbid Angel fans what they’ve known Steve Tucker for, but also infuses additional elements that might take some by surprise.” – Metal Assault

 

“…it is clear that the shadow cast by Formulas Fatal To The Flesh has not yet been outrun. Quite simply this is atonal and brutal death metal.” – The Sludgelord

 

“Warfather’s debut stands as a promising startup and shows Steve Tucker still firing on all cylinders, worthy of his status in the death metal realm. More atmospheric thanone would expect, while still heavy enough to scorch the earth… 8/10” – Dead Rhetoric

 

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REVIEW: Brutal death metal release from Indian based Gutslit is turning heads

Tagged as “Brutal Death Metal”, the ferocious act known as Gutslit is a four-piece crusher hailing from… Mumbai, India? That’s right, India. But make no mistakes here folks; location is no factor in the sheer pummeling force of these emerging metal makers. Quickly gaining notoriety in metal circles, these boys are kicking teeth in with their brutal metal sound. Gutslit just released an album titled “Skewered in the Sewer” on the Transcending Obscurity label in September, and it is chock full of face grinding insanity.

“Skewered in the Sewer”, is definitively one of the most professional releases in the genre to come out of their country. These guys aren’t dabbling in a genre they don’t understand. This release dispels all doubt that they’re among the best of their sound – featuring outstanding vocals, crushing riffs and technical wizardry, pummeling percussion and dastardly bass mayhem. Not to mention the fact that some of their song titles are “Circumcised with a Chainsaw”, “Hemorrhoidal Brain Custard”, and “Pulp Face”. Awesome.

Additionally, Gutslit’s release has a fully professional production complete with a 12-page booklet that include both lyrics and a number of illustrations. On top of that, the album artwork was created by none other than the legendary death metal artist extraordinaire Mark Riddick. Honestly, I’d say pulling out all the stops from every angle including the attention to detail these boys put into things like packaging reinforces the dedication they have for their craft and ultimately the legitimacy of their album. They might not be coming from somewhere you’d expect, but they’re here, ready to shred and definitely worth a listen.

Skewered In The Sewer cover art

Reviews – 


“stays with listeners long after the speakers go bust” – Rolling Stone India 4/5

“will certainly be ranked among the classicks in the future years” – Sick Reviews 9.5/10

“No one else in Indian extreme metal will be able to touch Gutslit for a while now” – PopSplat

“this is an excellent display of what the band has to offer in a country with no other contemporaries to name” – Heavy Blog is Heavy 3.5/5

Current Members:

Aditya Barve – Vocals
Gurdip Narang – Bass
Prateek Rajagopal – Guitar
Aaron Pinto – Drums

Track List:

1.  Prelude to Putrification

2.  Pustulated Phallic Enthralment

3.  Offal Barter

4.  Circumcized with a Chainsaw

5.  Atrophic Cranial Disintegration

6.  Haemorrhoidal Brain Custard

7.  Pulp Face

8.  Maze of Entrails

9.  Skewered in the Sewer