Progressive death metal entity HORRENDOUS has completed work on their fifth studio album, which will be released later this year by Season of Mist! More info will be revealed soon!
Additionally, the band will be performing a slew of shows in the United States, including appearances at Subterranean Dissonance Fest in Philadelphia, PA and Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle, WA! The full itinerary can be found below! Fans who attend these shows will get an exclusive first look at the new album as HORRENDOUS will be performing several new tracks!
HORRENDOUS will be following up 2018’s ‘Idol,’ which was named one of the best albums of 2018 by Pop Matters (#4), Invisible Oranges (#5), Metal Injection (#9), Revolver Magazine (#24), Decibel Magazine (#28), and Pitchfork.
‘Idol’ also found itself scoring several placings across the U.S Billboard charts, peaking at #16 Current Hard Music Albums, #25 on the Heatseekers chart, #55 on the Record Label/Independent Current Albums chart, and more.
‘Idol’ can be ordered, streamed, and downloaded HERE.
Drawing inspiration from both personal and national crises, ‘Idol’s’ music is a methodical and unapologetic take on dynamic, progressive death metal. The 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.
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.