Decrepit Birth Recruit Vocalist Mac Smith As Bill Robinson Takes “Extended Hiatus” From The Band

Decrepit Birth have revealed that vocalist Bill Robinson will be taking an “extended hiatus” from the band. During his absence, Mac Smith (Krosis, Alterbeast, etc.) will be taking his place.

Decrepit Birth commented:

“We have some big news today. Our vocalist Bill Robinson has decided to take an extended hiatus from the band. Due to personal reasons, Bill will be sitting out for a while; and in his place, vocalist Mac Smith will be stepping in to help us out! Mac is an amazing vocalist and we are very stoked to bring him in! You may know him from his work in Krosis , Alterbeast and Hammer Of Dawn.”

Smith added:

“Having an opportunity to work with Decrepit Birth is nothing short of surreal. Before I began pursuing metal vocals as an aspiring drummer, this was the first death metal band that I ever watched and emulated. To play a role in this project over a decade later leaves me astonished beyond words. I am looking forward to many new experiences with the guys and paying tribute to the legendary Bill Robinson’s legacy.

I’d like to give a special thanks to bassist Sean Martinez for being my strongest supporter personally this past year and being the key party that brought me into this role. He really brought me out of the worst slump in my career to this point, I owe everything to him.

Additionally, I’d like to thank guitarist and founder Matt Sotelo for extending this opportunity and entrusting me with this position. Whether it be just for a singular tour, or more endeavors in the future, I will be forever grateful for being able to work with one of my favorite bands of all time. Thank you to my friends, family, and anyone else who has supported and listened to the band and my own musical projects in these past 5 years; I intend to make you proud! Decrepit Birth for life!”

The band continued:

“We are currently working on our next album and planning tours for 2022 and beyond! We can’t wait to get back onstage, it’s been since 2019 since we last played live, and we’re very eager to get back out there and perform for you guys!

Here is a taste of Mac‘s vocals on our song “Hieroglyphic” off of our 2017 album “Axis Mundi” He did an killer job on this. So please, let’s give him a warm welcome!”

Mortician, Autopsy, Sacramentum, Etc. Set For 2022 California Deathfest

The lineup has been revealed for next year’s California Deathfest. The event will take place on January 28-30 at 1720 E 16th St in Los Angeles, CA and it will feature the following daily lineups:

January 28: Brodequin, Gravehill, Mortician, Mortiferum, Skeletal Remains, and Skinless.

January 29: 324, Autopsy, Birdflesh, Bodies Lay Broken, Caustic Wound, Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench, Stygian Crown, and Vile.

January 30: Dark Fortress, Decrepit Birth, Imperialist, Miasmatic Necrosis, Necrophobic, Onslaught, Pentagram (Chile), and Sacramentum.

Deeds Of Flesh Premiere “Nucleus” Video

Deeds Of Flesh have premiered a new video for their new single “Nucleus.” The song, which features John Gallagher (Dying Fetus) and Matt Sotelo (Decrepit Birth), will serve as the title track of the band’s new album, which is set to be released on December 11. Deeds Of Flesh commented:

“‘Nucleus‘ is a great representation of the new album as a whole. It has a technical instrumental intro to grab the listener before the vocals kick in building up to the faster pacing in the song. It’s quite dynamic throughout as well as having space and grooves for John Gallagher’s [Dying Fetus] vocals to drop in. At other times, we incorporated things like layered guitars, bass tapping and polyrhythmic ideas on the drums. The song ends with a huge chord-based half-time feel before closing with an all-out blast and killer guest guitar solo by Matt Sotelo [Decrepit Birth]. The concept behind ‘Nucleus‘ is a storyline that introduces the Overseers and the Elders intervening and aiding the last of humanity in the final battle between man and an invading alien horde.”

Cannibal Corpse, Ex-Suffocation, Etc. Members To Guest On New Deeds Of Flesh Album “Nucleus”

Deeds Of Flesh have revealed the details for their new album “Nucleus.” The effort will be released on December 11 and it will feature George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse), Frank Mullen (ex-Suffocation), Luc Lemay (Gorguts), Bill Robinson (Decrepit Birth), and more. A lyric video for the first single, “Alyen Scourge,“ can be found below:

“Nucleus” Track Listing:

01. “Odyssey”
02. “Alyen Scourge”
03. “Ascension Vortex” [feat. Bill Robinson (Decrepit Birth), Obie Flett (Pathology), & Anthony Trapani (Odious Mortem, Severed Savior)]
04. “Catacombs of the Monolith” [feat. Luc Lemay (Gorguts)]
05. “Ethereal Ancestors” [feat. George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse)]
06. “Nucleus” [feat. John Gallagher (Dying Fetus)]
07. “Races Conjoined” [feat. Matti Way (Submerged, ex-Disgorge), Frank Mullen (ex-Suffocation), & Jon Zig (Serpentian)]
08. “Terror” [feat. Dusty Boisjolie (Severed Savior, Illuminegra) & Robbe Kok (Disavowed)]
09. “Onward”

Craig Peters said the following about the record, which will complete the story that started with “What’s To Come”:

“After we started the writing process for Nucleus about seven years ago, I’m very glad that now fans will be able to hear what we’ve been working on. This album is special to me because I got to work closely with Erik [Lindmark] on the material to really craft a cinematic experience for the listener.

With the passing of Erik we were all saddened by the news and not sure where things would go with the album and the band. It only seemed right to have Jacoby [Kingston] and Mike [Hamilton] come back into the fold to help finish this album.

They’re such a huge part of the Deeds Of Flesh legacy that I couldn’t see the album completed any other way. Nucleus completes this amazing story that Erik started with Of What’s To Come with a fusion of older and newer musical elements of the band with stuff fans have never heard before. Get ready because this album is an intense journey!”

Kingston added:

“After losing Erik, it didn’t feel right to have anyone else do the vocals on this album, so I knew coming out of retirement only made sense. Mike Hamilton and I made a plan to tackle the story and lyrics as a team and it came out better than I could have hoped for.

Writing and performing on this album brought me back to the early days of recording ‘Gradually Melted‘ and ‘Trading Pieces‘, when everything was new and exciting. We put 100% into this album and I think it really shows.

The dream team of guest vocalists that laid down tracks on this album is ridiculous and humbling at the same time. We are honored to have them, and I think fans will be excited about it once they learn who is on there.

The music is freaking crazy, but it’s definitely a Deeds album. We’ve managed to mix some of the old and new together to come out with a hybrid form for a new era.”

Devin Townsend Shares New Track “Heavy Factions”

Devin Townsend has shared a new track called “Heavy Factions” as part of his “Quarantine Project.” This latest song features Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless, etc.), Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), and Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth). Townsend commented

“Heres a heavier demo idea. I recorded the drums with Samus during the Empath sessions. Liam plays bass and Wes does a ripping solo. Its all about balance I guess, sometimes chill, sometimes frantic. This would be ‘frantic’ =) I hope you have a good weekend. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. Dont let the stress get you down, try to write some music or make some art maybe this weekend? …or cookies? They’re good too…“

Muldrotha Recruit New Vocalist Alex Hofmann (Ex-Fallujah), Premiere New Song “Lungs Of The Mother”

Muldrotha, the band featuring Fallujah drummer Andrew Baird, The Zenith Passage guitarist Rob Maramonte, and Decrepit Birth bassist Sean Martinez, have recruited Alex Hofmann (ex-Fallujah) as their new vocalist. With this news, the group have also premiered a new song titled “Lungs Of The Mother.“ Hofmann commented:

“It had been over two and a half years since I’d been anywhere near a microphone when I got a text from Rob asking if i’d like to get back in the game. Getting into the studio and working with with Cody Fuentes at Rapture Recordings reminded me how much I still love singing death metal and how much fun I have doing it with friends Rob, Sean, and Andrew. ‘Lungs of the Mother’ is stripped down, focused, and relentless; a song channeling the rage over our impassivity, as mother earth is murdered in front of us.”

[via MetalSucks]

Decrepit Birth Announce Summer Tour With Aenimus & The Kennedy Veil

Decrepit Birth have announced a summer headlining tour. Aenimus and The Kennedy Veil will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

07/26 Sacramento, CA – Den Of Sin
07/27 Los Angeles, CA – California Deathfest (Decrepit Birth only)
07/28 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
07/29 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
07/30 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
08/01 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live!
08/02 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
08/03 Corpus Christi, TX – Boozers Rock bar
08/08 Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups
08/09 Chicago, IL – Domination Fest (Decrepit Birth only)
08/10 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
08/11 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
08/12 Las Vegas, NV – Eagle Hall
08/13 Santa Cruz, CA – TBA

Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Steve Vai, Etc. To Guest On Devin Townsend’s New Album “Empath”

Devin Townsend has revealed that Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), Steve Vai, Anneke Van Giersbergen, and Che Dorval (Casualties of Cool) have all guested on his new album “Empath.” Previously announced guests include: Elliot Desgagnés (Beneath The Massacre), Mike Keneally (Dethklok, etc.), Morgan Ågren (Kaipa), Sam “Samus” Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth), etc. The album is expected to be released in March.

Townsend said the following in a series of tweets:

“No sleep tonight. I’ve got the final stages of this year long process rolling through my mind. Almost done…another 3.5 weeks and this stage of it (the album) will be wrapped up.

Listened to the roughs of Empath on the flight and it had me teared up the whole way. I haven’t had this visceral a reaction to the work in many years. To think It all stemmed from taking a vacation! my god, what an intense period this has been. I’ll remember this past two years.

Thanks to some further guests, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Che Dorval, Chad Kroeger, Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, Lords Of The sound orchestra… it’s been total catharsis and tied intrinsically to the process of working through this transformation. It’s a lovely, complicated, weird one

Some people will totally love it, a fair amount will take awhile to have it sink in, some won’t get it at all, some will definitely prefer the bonus disk or the previous work, but fuck me, did I ever need to get this out of my system. It’s like 12 years of vomit at once…

I had a choice to either go commercial or uncompromised on this. Thanks to Garth Richardson and Chad for convincing me to not compromise. It’s a hard choice as you get older because the temptation to play it safe is huge for the sake of family and security.

Exhausting… pure catharsis. It was about middle age, realization, fear, death, moderation, meditation, and overcoming the internal dialogues. I guess it was ultimately about getting it right after all these years, then kind of realizing that you just have to let it all go…

Music is just an expression of gratitude I think. Ultimately it’s just another album in a long line of albums, some will like it, some won’t. But it appears as if it will be accurate, and that’s a huge huge relief.

Three drummers, two bassists, orchestras, choirs, ducks, cats, goats, birds, whales… and I didn’t sabotage this one, for once…

Have to be at the studio in 3 hours after a sleepless night. Sweet. Luckily it’s not an immensely complicated mix 🙄

There’s a reoccurring theme on this project that seems to have appeared, and that seems to be one of ‘anti-suicide’”

Decrepit Birth Officially Drop Off “Bloodletting North America XII Tour” Following Bill Robinson’s Stage Diving Accident

Decrepit Birth have officially dropped off the “Bloodletting North America XII Tour” with Arsis, Internal Bleeding, etc. due to frontman Bill Robinson breaking his femur while stage diving at The Glass House in Pomona, CA on October 13. The band commented:

“We have received some sad news today and was just told that Decrepit Birth will not be able to continue on with the tour. Bill‘s femur surgery went very well but he needs to get rest and take it easy so his injury heals properly. Send him all the love! He is a tough guy and we love Bill! The tour will continue on and Arsis will headline the rest of the shows. They have a brand new album dropping on November 2nd via Nuclear Blast / Agonia Records! We hope to see everyone still coming out to the rest of the shows!””

Decrepit Birth To Miss Immediate Shows After Frontman Bill Robinson Breaks Leg

Decrepit Birth will be missing at least the next four shows on the “Bloodletting North America XII Tour” with Arsis, Internal Bleeding, etc. due to frontman Bill Robinson breaking his femur while stage diving at The Glass House in Pomona, CA on October 13. The band commented:

“ATTENTION! Bill broke his femur on Saturday while performing at the Glass House in Pomona, California. He was seriously injured and was rushed to the hospital where he is getting surgery done for his leg. Unfortunately we will miss the next 4 or so shows while we wait with him at the hospital. We will catch back up with the tour asap and finish this off even if we have to wheel Bill out in a wheelchair on stage. He says whatever it takes! Which is pretty fucking crazy!”

[via Metal Injection]