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Cast the Stone (Misery Index, Cattle Decap, Scour) Release New Song “The Burning Horizon”

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Who says bass players in metal don’t get any love??

Well, lots of folks say that, actually… and they’d mostly be correct. But Cast the Stone bassist Derek Engemann (ex-Cattle Decapitation, Scour) is here to challenge that assertion with a bass playthrough video of “The Burning Horizon,” which also serves as the single’s debut. While releasing a single as a bass playthrough is certainly unorthodox, I’m into it: the format forces me to focus on the bass in a way that I almost surely wouldn’t have if the band had just released it as a regular single (in which case I wouldn’t have focused on the bass) or if they’d put out a bass playthrough after the fact (in which case I probably wouldn’t have even checked it out). And it’s quite a performance! Engemann’s bass lines really add a whole lot to the track; metal bassists are usually subtle, but their work is so, so important.

Take a listen to Engemann’s playthrough of “The Burning Horizon” below via Gear Gods, and enjoy that bass-heavy mix.

Empyrean Atrophy comes out August 31st via Agonia Records; pre-order here. Check out previous singles “Jesusatan” (an Infestdead cover) and “As the Dead Lie.”

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