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Gruesome Announce New Album, Debut First Single

  • Axl Rosenberg

If you’re done moshing 4 Christ with Impending Doom (assuming you ever even started moshing 4 Christ with Impending Doom), the Death-worshipping, Matt Harvey-led Gruesome now provide you with the opportunity to mosh on Christ. The band has announced that they’ll release their sophomore full-length, Twisted Prayers, on June 1 via Relapse, and as you can probably guess from the title and super-sweet Ed Repka album art (clearly a deliberate throwback to his work on Spiritual Healing), they won’t be playing church fairs anytime soon. (Side note: I think those are supposed to be soul escaping the parishioners’ bodies, but I also imagine they were deliberately made to look like sperm, which was a nice touch.)

Gruesome Announce New Album, Debut First Single

As if there was any doubt, the band hammers home their point with the lyric video for the first single from Twisted Prayers, “A Waste of Life.” Most of the clip is footage of a televangelist (my apologies for not knowing which one) who looks an awful lot like the preacher on the cover of Spiritual Healing.

Of course, none of this would be nearly as interesting if the music wasn’t so bad-assed. From the opening elephants marching riff to the siqq, shredtastic solo to the closing guitar squeal, not a moment of “A Waste of Life” has been… well… wasted. Chuck would be proud.

Check out “A Waste of Life” below. Pre-order Twisted Prayers here. European readers should note the band is gonna be tearin’ shit up on your continent this summer; dates are at the bottom of this post.

Jul 19 Trutnov, CZ @ Obscene Extreme 2018
Jul 20 Warzawa, PL @ Hydrozagadka
Jul 21 Chorzow, PL @ Red & Black
Jul 22 Prague, CZ @ Modra Vopice
Jul 23 Munich, DE @ Free & Easy Festival
Jul 24 Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert
Jul 25 Tolmin, SL @ Metaldays
Jul 26 Wien, AT @ Viper Room
Jul 27 Ernsthausen, DE @ Master of the Unicorn
Jul 28 Steenwijk, NL @ Stonehenge Festival
Jul 29 Osnabruck, DE @ Bastard Club
Jul 30 Wurzburg, DE @ Immerhin
Jul 31 Volmerange-les-mines, FR @ Nomansland
Aug 01 Mannheim, DE @ 7er Club
Aug 02 Wacken, DE @ Wacken Open Air
Aug 03 Jonkoping, SE @ Klubb Dissonans
Aug 04 Linkoping, SE @ The Crypt
Aug 05 Valby/Copenhagen, DK @ Underwerket
Aug 07 Desden, DE @ Chemiefabrik
Aug 08 Berlin, DE @ Musik und Frieden
Aug 09 Schlotheim, DE @ Partysan Open Air
Aug 10 Frankfurt, DE @ Das Bett
Aug 11 Oberhausen, DE @ Helvete
Aug 12 Kortrijk, BE @ Alcatraz Open Air

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