BRUTAL PREMIERE: Pathology – “Dolorous”



I dunno about you fellas, but I like to start my day with a little brutal death metal. Nothing compliments a travel cup full of ol’ blackie quite like chromatic scale riffs, blast beats, and sewer pipe vocals. Then I like to switch over to NPR so that I can be informed on the issues of the day. Then I get bored and start practicing gutturals over Kai Ryssdal. BUT I DIGRESS.

Pathology, the San Diego death metal stalwarts, are gearing up to release a brand new record. This self-titled album, their ninth(!) studio album in just ten years, drops July 21st on Comatose Music and features the artwork of the inexhaustible Par Olofsson. I’m stoked to give you a fresh taste of this brutal new record right here with “Dolorous”. As always, the star of this track is Matti Way’s vomit-inducing vocals. Impossibly deep and absurdly gross, they feature well above the slams and carry the track throughout.

Netscape navigate over to Pathology’s Bandcamp where you can check out an additional track, “Lamentations”, and preorder this record. Also, stay up to date with Pathology on Facebook.

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  • Lacertilian

    Pathology were one of the first bands in this style to grab my ear. Assumed I’d missed an album in between the last one I heard and this upcoming one but it seems they’ve released two in that time.
    Seems to be becoming a more common thing to see bands put out self-titled albums later in their career too, anyone else notice that?

    • Joaquin Stick

      I just saw an example of that yesterday and now I can’t for the life of me figure out who it was. Dream Theater did it a few years ago too.

      • Wet W’s Whistle

        You could always go the Korn route and release three self-titled albums.

        • Joaquin Stick

          Hoping the next album is called Maize, but the z is backwards.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Technically, it’s only two self-titles ones, since the third “S/T” is called Korn III: [Enter subtitle]. Which has always, enormously, annoyed me.
          Although I believe The Bronx only releases self-titled albums.

      • Howard Dean

        Obituary released a S/T album this year, as well. Suffocation did it later in the career, too.

  • Brutalist_Receptacle


  • Spear

    Gross. I like it.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Yay! It’s been too long since they’ve released an album.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
  • Howard Dean

    This sounds pretty solid. Definitely better than the couple of albums they put out without Matti Way (dude is definitely one of the best BDM vocalists ever). Don’t see myself going out of the way to pick up the album, but I wouldn’t press skip if this came up on a playlist.

    Off Topic: So I was driving home from work yesterday. The CDs I have in my truck at the moment are getting pretty stale, and I wasn’t feeling any of it. So I just flipped on the FM radio and tuned to the local modern rock station. “This’ll be interesting,” I figured.

    So this song is playing and I’m like, “What the fuck is this shit? Man, modern rock fucking sucks. Who the fuck is this?” I glance at my radio and it says “Mastodon – ‘Show Yourself'”. What the fuck?!

    Now, I’ve pretty much never given a shit about Mastodon, but I will admit that the Leviathan era stuff is decent. But holy motherfuck. I guess I haven’t paid attention to anything they’ve put out in the last decade or so, because finding out that this is what they sound like nowadays was kind of jarring. Yikes.

    *flushes toilet*

    • Mosh Hoff

      Music is bad, I only listen to static.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Static is still better than current Mastodon.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Mastodon isn’t my thing either.

    • Mr. Jackpot

      They haven’t impressed me since Crack The Skye.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        I’m honestly surprised they’ve been able to impress ANYONE since Crack the Skye.

        • Mr. Jackpot

          They go from Prog Metal to basic 4-5 minute songs in the space of one album. It’s not surprising that much of their old fan base has jumped ship.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I rarely have actual problems with stylistic transitions, as long as the music is good. After all, Mastodon started out as a sludge band with influences from psychedelic/progressive 70’s rock (Remission) and gradually turned into a straight ahead progressive metal band (Crack the Skye), while releasing great album after great album.
            Everything from The Hunter on is just terribly bland.

    • Joaquin Stick

      Funny coincidence, my phone is broken so I figured I’d flip on a sports AM station for my short commute yesterday, but not knowing any of the AM station numbers, I accidentally found a super right-wing talk radio station. MAN, was that a rough listen just after the Manchester bombing. Dudes are racist AF.

    • RJA

      I’m no huge fan of Mastodon in general, but Show Yourself is easily the worst of the 5 or 6 tracks from the new album I listened to IMHO – if that makes you feel any better.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      I’ll never understand bands who have somewhat of their own sound and style at the beginning of their career, get moderately successful and critically acclaimed with that specific sound…and then decide to completely ditch that sound to go and play cock rock instead.

      • $$

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          That would be the logical explanation…but the strange thing is that a lot of those bands were already successful with their old style.
          I think it’s some kind of creative artistic illness. “The Buttrock Effect”

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          The almighty dollar causes many bands to do terrible things. Look at the terrible things bands like Sepultura did for the almighty dollar.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Uhh there are quite a few bad things you can say about Roots, but for Sepultura’s supposed “sellout” album, it is pretty damn inaccessible. Except for a few dumbed down tracks (“Roots Bloody Roots” did prove that at the time: “groove” = $ ), the album as a whole is a bit of a chaotic impenetrable clusterfuck.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Better example: Turbo by Judas Priest. That was a terrible idea to release that after releasing one of their best albums.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Me no fan of 80’s Priest in general. I’m a 70’s Priest guy all the way.
            When it comes to Judas Priest: I fall asleep from British Steel onwards, I briefly wake up with Painkiller and then I fall asleep again.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I love all eras of Priest but i never liked Turbo.

      • NDG

        I think there are two scenarios attached to this.

        Very simplistic explanation:

        1. Band makes a few albums, get signed, release commercial shit, gain popularity with others but lose core fans. I think this scenario comes from pressure being applied by the label, the band want coin so they go along with it. Also, cocaine.

        2. Band makes a few albums, gain a loyal fan base, get better at playing their instruments, start to look down on their old style as “stale” want to “branch out” and experiment with their sound a little, the results aren’t so good.

        Sometimes scenario number 2 works out for the band, sometimes not. I think Tribulation are a good example of where it has worked.

    • BobLoblaw

      Gotta say the same about Decapitated as well. New shit is more metalcore than anything. Opeth is another disappointment.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I’m heavily disappointed by the most recent Heep album as well the most recent album from Jeff Lynne and his Electric Light Orchestras.

  • Wet W’s Whistle

    Someone really needs to take a look at that scientist. His condition has been worsening with each album released.

  • Jack Bauer

    TFW when you forget your volume is all the way up and click on a fucking soundcloud link. This is cool though, not something id go searching for, but wouldn’t skip it either.

  • I was going to try this but now I’m just going through remixes

  • Elegant Gazing Globe
    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      GAH. What happened to your hand?

  • Scrimm

    Not bad

  • sweetooth0

    Matti Way is the king of Brutal Death Metal vocalists!!

    • Waynecro

      Back in the day, I was drinking heavily at a bar in a Palm Springs timeshare resort. Matti Way was the bartender, so I ended up buying tons of drinks and getting completely shithammered just so I could sit at the bar and talk metal with him for a couple hours.

      • sweetooth0