Keeping the Dream of Death Alive: Horrendous Release Another Track from Upcoming Album Anareta
With a vaguely stagnant aroma permeating certain segments of the metal community (see: the mega-failure that was Mayhem Fest this year, declining record sales, etc.), it’s refreshing to see new, young talent shaking things up and keeping the genre alive without resorting to downright plagiarism. Horrendous, the fresh-faced death metal trio from Philadelphia who dominated last year’s top ten lists with their sophomore album, are back again to assuage naysayers who claimed they would disappear as quickly as they came.
If titular wordplay is to be taken at face value, 2014’s Ecdysis (the moulting of the cuticle in many invertebrates) was a musical shedding of the skin of their first full-length, 2012’s The Chills, an ascent to maturity in sound and appearance as heard on the brutally catchy tracks and seen with the stunning cover art by Brian Smith. With the forthcoming Anareta — in astrology, a planet that is capable of signifying destruction — they stuck with Smith for an equally ominous and beautiful cover and do exactly what they hint at: destroy your fucking ears, but with the ethereal grace and crushing weight of a heavenly body.
Corny word nerdery aside, the album is amazing, better than the last, and there are now three tracks available for streaming, including “Ozymandias” over at Invisible Oranges, posted below. Anareta comes out October 30th via Dark Descent Records; pre-order it here and check their Facebook pag for upcoming shows near you.