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“Subduction” Into the Grave: Cemetery Filth’s Filthy Death Metal (Song Premiere)

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On my initial listen of “Subduction,” the new single from Atlanta-based death metal outfit Cemetery Filth, I briefly envisioned likening it to early Morbid Angel. I suppose I would have had further notions, hopefully ones more insightful and less comparative than that, but a problem arose: after making short work of my ear canals, the riffs on “Subduction” literally bored straight through to my brain. At that point, I thought no more, only felt — the rusty bite of corrosive guitar tones, the damp shockwave from every kick drum impact, and the whiplash from every unexpected hairpin change-up. Feel it for yourself with an exclusive stream from Cemetery Filth’s upcoming debut full-length Dominion below.

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Truthfully, Cemetery Filth is not content to exist solely in one category of death metal. Rising from their humid grave, they’ve plundered other tombs far and wide, searching only for one thing: the most disgusting, stank-face-inducing cacophonies to fold into their vile brew. There’s technicality here, but it bows in service to the end goal of revolting undead supremacy. “Subduction,” like the rest of the album, adheres to conventional time signatures, but does so with innumerable subdivisions and syncopations incorporated into the always-moshpit-ready grooves.

As the debut album for a band formed six years ago, there’s no trend-chasing here: some of the churning tones and kick-drum-driven assaults might sound familiar, but Dominion ultimately has its own opinion — one sometimes expressed through indecipherable growls from a mouth half-submerged in earth.

Dominion releases April 13th via Unspeakable Axe Records + Boris Records.

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