Mini-Tour of the Apocalypse: Dead Congregation Brutalize the Northeast

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***I know this isn’t brand spankingly new info, and maybe you’re rolling your eyes because you know that I’m a devout fanboy, but the toilet needs to hear this. Sometimes the cesspit needs a cleansing!***

This autumn, Greek death metal titans Dead Congregation will ascend from Tartarus and invade the northeastern United States for a brief mini-tour in support of their exceptional new album and potential AOTY, Promulgation of the Fall. Support will be supplied by two excellent underground death metal acts, Mausoleum from Windber, PA, and Philadelphia’s (“Philthydelphia” for those of you who may be David Vincent) extra-grubby Pissgrave.

Despite the tiny amount of stops on this tour, it is notable and exciting news. Dead Congregation does not often tour the United States, and when they do, it’s usually a one-off (like an appearance at Maryland Deathfest). You can count on one hand the amount of times this band has touched down on U.S. soil. [i]

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Exploding onto the scene in 2005 with the excellent Putrifying Consecrated Ground EP, Dead Congregation made a name for themselves in death metal by building upon the dirge and claustrophobia of bands like Incantation and Immolation with a fresh-faced ferocity and fervor, thereby setting themselves apart from the torrent of “Incantation-clones” and “noisy and muffled caverncore” that clogged the catacombs of the underground for years. 2008 saw the release of their seminal debut, Graves of the Archangels, an almost instant classic that garnered universal praise. On Graves, Dead Congregation married their sound with steadfast aesthetics and a meticulous songwriting verve, and thereby succeeded in making death metal beyond qualifiers—it’s old school in sound, but not OSDM revivalism; it’s brutal, but falls not for the formula and tropes of BDM; it’s strong in its content and convictions, but cannot easily be given the tag “orthodox.” It’s death metal with excellent songwriting played by extremely competent musicians. Dead Congregation have recently started their own label, Martyrdoom Productions, and have worked closely with Norma Evangelium Diaboli, Profound Lore, and Nuclear War Now! to release their music. [ii]

Mausoleum has been active since 2001, and is currently signed to Razorback Recordings. They play death metal of a decidedly old school variety, a dirty mix of Autopsy with the proto-death stylings of Impetigo or Necrophagia. They have released two full-lengths, and most recently released a 7” split on Goatgrind Records with Brazilian death metal band Offal. I’ve only listened to a few of their tracks, but am planning to pick up one of their albums soon. [iii]

Pissgrave—aside from having one of the best band names—is an exciting new death metal outfit that is signed to Graceless Recordings. They released a S/T demo on cassette a few months ago, and are poised to make a big splash with their ridiculously grotesque sound. Their demo contains seven tracks of the nastiest, most atavistic death metal this side of 1993, and also holds the record for the most disturbing cover art I’ve seen in years. [iv] For barbaric filth, it doesn’t get much better than Pissgrave. Here’s to hoping they release a full length soon and that it will be available in other formats besides cassette (my attempts to coax Profound Lore into releasing their demo on CD and picking them up the same way they have Pissgrave’s Graceless label mates Alraune have so far failed; must continue with email badgering). [v]

If you are interested and able to attend one of these shows, hurry to your local purveyor of tickets and buy some! Your favorite presidential candidate and primal screamer (ahem, me) already has his tickets, so what’s your excuse, you cunting lifelover?! [If your excuse is that you live two thousand miles away, that is completely valid and I understand. Kind of.] This is a tour you don’t want to miss. Dead Congregation are known for their incredibly intense and tight live show, and are a band you don’t want to pass up if you get a chance. See you there!

 

Notes

[i] I could probably dredge up every date that they played in the U.S. with this wondrous tool known as the interwebs, but I’ll let you find that if you so desire. Howard ain’t got no time for that! He’s too busy listening to Promulgation of the Fall for the ninety-seventh time this month. Byah!

[ii] For more info on Dead Congregation, including their complete discography, check out their page at the metal-archives: http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dead_Congregation/33688

[iii] http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Mausoleum/10461

[iv] View the cover art at your own risk, not responsible for vomiting or coworkers who think you are a serial killer: http://f1.bcbits.com/img/a2879331187_10.jpg

[v] https://www.profoundlorerecords.com/products-page/plr-items/alraune-the-process-of-self-immolation/

 

 

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  • Edward Meehan

    Before I got to the notes, I Googled the Pissgrave cover art, and it is pretty repulsive.

    • Tyree

      NSFW Dude. Lol

      • Edward Meehan

        I’m at work! Lol.

        • Tyree

          Hahaha, I made the same mistake a couple of months ago. Pretty nasty stuff.

          • Edward Meehan

            Nasty as it is, I prefer it to a cartoon of some mutilated naked woman with her V hanging out like on some brutal death metal covers I’ve seen… yeesh. That one left an impact.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            It’s not as bad as some stuff on the place which shall remain unnamed.

          • Tyree

            Yeah, that shit is fucking real. Looks smelly too.

          • Howard Dean

            I can only imagine the smell. Like hot death. Humid soup rot. Blurgh.

          • Tyree

            Reek of Putrefaction.

          • Stockhausen

            Onset of Putrefaction?

          • it’s ok, i feel like a n00b too

          • Stockhausen

            Not a n00b, just naming a better album. OOHHHHHHH

          • Tyree
          • Stockhausen

            Haha, those guys are awesome. I’ve played many a show with them.

          • Tyree

            Lol

          • Metaphysical Anus

            ……

    • Urrrrghhhhhh. I’m done eating breakfast, apparently.

      • Edward Meehan

        Byaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!

    • Xan

      I’m taking the chance. I’m in my college’s library right now with people around me.
      EDIT: Shouldn’t have taken the chance. I’m fairly certain the old lady next to me had a heart attack.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        ….

    • oh god why does that turn me on /stewie

    • crazytaco_12

      Yeah dude, tbh, I really don’t like covers like that of real people dying/mutilated/blah, blah, blah etc.. Unless there’s a real message or something behind it, I think it’s just exploitative.

  • Tyree

    Well… There goes most of the east coast. I’ll shall be murdered in Baltimore. I saw Dead Congregation 3 years ago and lost my shit when they closed with “Teeth Into Red”. Looking forward to Pissgrave a lot! I have a feeling they are going to be heavy as hell.

    • Randall Thor

      If that tour would have started on the 18th, I would have been in Baltimore 🙁

    • Howard Dean

      I cannot wait for this. I’m crazy pumped to see Dead Congregation, and really looking forward to Pissgrave, too. It’s not the show I’m going to attend, but the show at Saint Vitus is going to be ridiculously good. All the aforementioned bands plus Svart Crown. Bastards.

      • Simon Phoenix

        Wait, so we’re getting Svart Crown too? NICE.

        I saw them back in ’12 when they opened for Ulcerate. Heavy as fuck.

  • Scrimm

    Mausoleum m/

    • Howard Dean

      I’m really digging them. They were a band with which I was not terribly familiar before this tour was announced. Now, I’ve been checking out their stuff a bit, and am definitely thinking about ordering an album. Total old school death metal sound. More than a hint or two of Autopsy. No shame in that. There are some really good Autopsy worship bands (like Murder Squad).

      • Scrimm

        I was buying everything Razorback put out around the time their first album came out. It got lost in the shuffle initially, but I dug it out a while later and really enjoyed it. I don’t have the newer one, but what I’ve heard sounds a little better.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    Yet another tour that I can’t go to. Yay.

    • Edward Meehan

      You and me both, MA. You and me both.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Let’s hug eachother.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I am fucking annoyed. Swans will be in Helsinki on November and I can’t go there.

        • Edward Meehan

          Pharmakon is opening for them! I hope against hope they do that shit stateside.

  • Stockhausen

    I would prefer to be in the same place as these bands on one or more of the the aforementioned nights, and I would also like to participate in their pre-arranged performance on one or more of these nights. I will not be, but I would prefer to be.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      I would prefer for you to be in my bedroom, if you know what I mean.

      • Xan

        Nothing turns me on like dead composers.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          I just had sex with John Cage.

          • Howard Dean

            Did it take 4’33”?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Next time it’s gonna last for 640 years.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Fuck that asshole and his musical bullshit!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Fuck you and your guacamole bullshit!

          • Stockhausen

            YOU SHUTCHER DANG MOUTH!!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Stockhausen, plz. Don’t shout at me. I’m a sensitive guy.

          • Stockhausen

            Oh dang, that was intended for Guacamole Jim. My bad, butthole.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I was already scared. I never thought that you could dislike Mr. Cage. Thankfully I was right.

          • Stockhausen

            No way man. Cage is the man. A weird man, but the man.

        • Stockhausen

          Mmmmmmmm….

  • Xan

    My dick is so hard for all these bands. I wish I could go to one of these shows but it is way too far for me to justify doing so.

  • IronLawnmower

    Why do no good bands ever tour where I live and when they do I can’t go because the venues are all 18+

    • Metaphysical Anus

      There are no good bands touring here either, except for Ulver and Swans.

    • Xan

      It was a bitch finding shows I could go to that weren’t shitcore before I was 18. I missed an Immolation show I really wanted to go to. That one really pissed me off because I love me some Immolation.

  • Tyree

    Baltimore always have a shit ton of local opening bands. I wonder who will be playing… Hopefully Oak, those guys are awesome live.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Professor Oak has a band now?

      • Tyree
        • Metaphysical Anus

          Sounds good. Is this guy in the group?

          • I see you’re still going with this bad joke.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I didn’t know that you are Canadian.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You damn fucker! You removed the “eh!”

      • C’mon son.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Wut?

          • Christian Molenaar

            Oak are a good band, and that was a bad joke. C’mon son.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Good and bad are subjective terms.

          • Christian Molenaar

            Not in this case.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Why are you always mean to me?

    • Howard Dean

      Oak is indeed playing at the Baltimore stop.

      • Tyree

        Niiiiiice!

        • Howard Dean

          Yep. If you go to signatureriff.com (the promoter’s site), they have links to purchase tickets for each stop, and they include the local acts and guests for each stop. That’s how I found out Svart Crown were playing at the Brooklyn stop, and nearly punched a hole in my wall when I saw that they weren’t going to be in Worcester or RI.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    “Teeth Into Red” is a badass song. 1/5 flushes. Good rec.

    • Tyree

      That’s my favorite by them. That super long blast beat at the end of the song in unreal. It goes on forever! Not sure how the drummer can keep it up and be so tight at the same time.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Also, you said you’ve been creating all that header art in your last few articles? That is some seriously cool shit.

        • Tyree

          I appreciate that man. It sort of makes up for my below par writing ability I guess. Lol

      • Howard Dean

        Their drummer is ridiculous. He’s got to be one of the fastest and cleanest drummers in metal, and his sound is punishing on record and live. I also think he might be the mystery drummer for Deathspell Omega (just a Howard Dean hunch that I can’t substantiate at all) I was going to write about him a bit in this article, but forgot to and dropped the ball. He’s in the BDM/tech band Inveracity, too. They also rip.

        • Tyree

          Inveracity is killer! Suffocation worship.

          • Tyree

            This riff is so catchy. Riff of the week contender perhaps?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NZM5I6jGGw

          • Howard Dean

            Definitely. That’s a killer track.

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            Thanks for introducing me to this one Tyree

          • Tyree

            You got it!

          • crazytaco_12

            Oh yeah dude, that riff’s fucking hanus

          • Tyree

            Haha, it’s a catchy/heavy fucker for sure.

  • HessianHunter

    Ralph’s Rock Diner is a weird fuckin’ spot, man. Our show there was pretty sparsely attended, but at least a former member of Anal Cunt used my drum gear. Day = made.

    Oh and fyi I’M BACK, BITCHES

    • YAAAAAAY!

    • Tyree

      That sounds about right for a member of Anal Cunt to barrow gear.

      • HessianHunter

        The guitarist of his new band Hepatagua (who fucking slay) said “Yeah, we have big plans for touring once he’s allowed out of the state.”
        LOLOLOLOLOL perfection.

        • Tyree

          Hahaha! Good old Anal Cunt.

    • Howard Dean

      I’ve never been to Ralph’s, so it’ll be interesting. Hoping for a decent turnout!

    • Welcome back!

  • The “About the Author” notes are awesome!

    • Tyree

      Ha, just noticed that. All great bands too! Looking forward to new Defeated Sanity.

      • Defeated Sanity fo realz!

      • Howard Dean

        Indeed. Very intrigued by their “split-album-with-ourselves” idea. Hoping they can execute it. They never disappoint.*

        *Funny story: I bought this Defeated Sanity split album awhile back.

        http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Defeated_Sanity/Unleashing_the_Seed_of_Parricide/263731

        I saw it, and had never heard of it before. Based solely upon the horrendously primitive DIY cover art, as well as the other three bands on the split (who range from mediocre to bad), I was a little weary. Was this some type of throw away Defeated Sanity demo from their early days that some label combined with a bunch of other randoms? Nope. The DS tracks slayed, and were head and shoulders above the others on the split. Weird.

    • Howard Dean

      Thanks! Byah!

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    In case anyone didn’t know, this perfection got reissued, as well as the rest of their discography.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7_q_F9ubwE

    • Tyree

      Killer! Hey, did you say that you played a show with Pissgrave once?

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Yeah, it was a mini fest in Milwaukee. But I was pretty lit, and really don’t remember them unfortunately. We played Friday and they played Saturday.

        • Tyree

          Aw, I see. I’ve seen bands that I really don’t remember either because of that same exact reason.

          • Guest

            So it goes. Here’s the flyer, from that fest.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Oh well.

        • Christian Molenaar

          That lineup is ridiculous.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            One of the best weekends of my life. Such fun.

    • Howard Dean

      The old days of the Swedish melodic black metal attack were awesome. Dissection, Dawn, Necrophobic, Sacramentum, Sorhin… now that’s how you combine melody and black metal! Byaaaahhhhh! These are great reissues!

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Some of the best shit ever. Riffs for fucking days!

        • Howard Dean

          Yessir! Norma Evangelium Diaboli signed Sorhin a couple years ago and rereleased most of their catalogue, as their image and outlook sort of fits with the rest of their stable. They are really good. Maybe one of the most underrated/overlooked Swedish BM bands.

  • Rob M

    So very happy Dead Congregation booked a Baltimore date for this tour, especially after we missed out on Ketzer earlier this month

    • Tyree

      You going to that show? I’ll be there Rob.

      • Rob M

        Oh yeah, no chance Im missing this…I’ll have to buy you a beer

        • Tyree

          Most excellent.

    • Simon Phoenix

      Ketzer were awesome.

      They didn’t play Warlust though 🙁

  • RustyShackleford

    that’s a rippin solo in the Mausoleum track. Love that old school sound y’all. Yep!

  • Simon Phoenix

    Got mah tickets for St. Vitus.

    Let’s do this son. Byyaaaaaahhh!!!

    • Howard Dean

      Fuck yeah!! Byaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!