Got a craving for something violent and heavy? Then you need a dose from New Zealand’s death metal outfit Dawn of Azazel, and their new track “Vassalplasty.” Personally, I don’t think the track gets interesting until after the first minute, but then it just takes off in so many directions that you’ll want to listen again and again just to make sure you caught it all. Also, I have no idea how vertebrae follow, but I have one. Watch and listen to the track’s lyric in the player above.
“Vassalplasty” can be found on The Tides of Damocles, the band’s upcoming LP and first new offering in six long years. Recorded, mixed, and mastered last year at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, etc.) in Tampa, Florida, by Brian Elliot and J.J. Hrubovcak, the 10 track creation hurls forth 48 minutes of harrowing, scrupulously detailed death metal mastery.
Elaborates the band:
Tides is a diverse album, and we felt ‘Vassalplasty’ is the song with the most immediate impact: Heaviness and aggression mixed with a taste of some of the more psychotropic elements to be found on the rest of the album. The title is a play on the surgical procedure to straighten a fractured and weakened spine. The lyrical theme is retaining a backbone in the face of circumstances that would cause others to conform, submit, or crumple.
Dawn of Azazel will bring their bestial compositions to the stage on a slew of live excursions through New Zealand and Australia with future live demolitions to be announced shortly.
Dawn of Azazel Live Dates:
4/18/2015 Napier Deathfest – Napier, NZ
4/23/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Napalm Death, Carcass
5/02/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Suffocation, Decapitated
7/04/2015 Rust In Perth 2015 – Perth, AU
8/29/2015 Living Death Fest 2015 – Melbourne, AU
About Dawn of Azazel:
Crowned, “metal in its roughest and most primal form” by The Metal Observer, and influenced by the violent sounds of Order Of Chaos, Immolation, Sarcofago, and the like, Dawn of Azazel was forged in 1999 and rapidly established themselves with relentless live shows throughout New Zealand and Australia. The release of two demos and a 7″ received widespread acclaim within the underground fanzine and tape trading community. Dawn of Azazel would later release their debut, the volatile The Law Of The Strong, though Agonia Records in 2003, followed by an extensive tour through New Zealand, their first ever shows in Europe and a headlining tour of Australia. Second full-length, Sedition, was unleashed via Ibex Moon and found the band playing over 120 shows touring first through Thailand, Indonesia, and the U.S., followed by 32 shows through Europe supporting American death metal icons, Immolation. Australian tours with Deicide, Katyklysm, and support slots on their homeland for Motörhead, Korn, Suffocation, and Children Of Bodom capped off a year and a half of live bedlam to support the album. The band’s infamy was further bolstered by the controversial mix of the band’s violent and Satanic lyrical content and frontman Rigel Walshe’s occupation as a police officer becoming the subject of television and newspaper coverage at home and abroad.
Seeking a level of professionalism that could not be found at home, the band entered Erik Rutan’s famed Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida, to record their third offering, Relentless, released via Unique Leader Records. Live journeys alongside Krisiun as well as support slots for Megadeth, Suffocation, Aborted, The Faceless, Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, and Slayer ensued. Shortly after its release, Walshe was offered a position of a covert nature within the police department. During this period, from 2010 through 2013, the band went on hiatus and focused on creating new material, re-gearing their personal circumstances to enable them to take the band to greater heights. 2013 was spent composing new material, and in early 2014 the band once again entered Mana Studios to record their fourth album, The Tides Of Damocles.
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