Oakland death metal outfit VASTUM is preparing for the release of their gnarled fourth album, Orificial Purge. Ahead of the album's public unveiling through 20 Buck Spin at the end of October, the new single "I On The Knife (Second Wound)" has been issued.
With lead vocalist Daniel Butler, guitarist/vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf, guitarist Shelby Lermo, bassist Luca Indrio, and drummer Chad Gailey, Ryan Honaker provides guest strings VASTUM's Orificial Purge, and Honaker and Abdul-Rauf also help shape the album with elements of ambience. Recorded with Greg Wilkinson (Necrot, Nightfell, Ulthar) at Earhammer Studios, and visually represented by the brooding abstraction of San Francisco artist Laina Terpstra, VASTUM's Orificial Purge is one of the year's most vicious and hypnotic LPs. Fans of Bolt Thrower, Undergang, Autopsy, Necrot, Asphyx, Mortuous, Tomb Mold, and Scorched are orificially summoned to take note. Vocalist Daniel Butler exposes of the track's lyrical content, "'I On The Knife' is about psychophysical self-mutilation under the command of a thing, an it, which is gradually symbolized as an object (e.g. father, knife) that in turn reveals the self as a wound. Basically, it's about how you're a wound and nothing else." Guitarist/vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf offers, "We felt this song - along with initial single, 'Reveries In Autophagia' - was the most representative of the classic VASTUM sound."
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