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Immortal Bird Tears Earth Apart on “Avolition”


There’s a certain kind of meandering anguish that arises from residing in that nefarious region of America that is the rust belt. And with Chicago standing proud as the industrialized, deeply corrupt capital of that region’s hatred and malaise, it comes as no surprise that some of America’s most extreme and eclectically pissed-off metal outfits hails from the Windy City.

With their seething combination of death metal, grind, hardcore, and even blackened elements, Chicago’s Immortal Bird have staked out a formidable reputation for themselves in their own local scene, and are now beginning to grow the undeniably potent violence of their sound. Recently listed in Kerrang’s hotlist of the 50 most important metal bands of the last decade, the group’s rise to success has turned meteoric. Thus, it is with bated breath that fans and extreme metal enthusiasts from all walks of life await Immortal Bird’s upcoming second full-length, Thrive on Neglect, due out July 5th on 20 Buck Spin.

In anticipation of the record’s quickly approaching release, the group has now unveiled a punishing third single “Avolition,” streaming below.

A tour-de-force demonstration of the feral rage of which the group is readily capable, the track explodes into violent action with a dissonant blackened staccato riff and thundering blast beats before vocalist Rae Amitay’s derelict vocals descend upon the grime and chaos of the group’s sonic misanthropy. The album’s longest and most sprawling track, “Avolition” progresses with a forlorn yet majestic pace, seemingly leaning more heavily toward black metal before introducing a decidedly death metal passage just before its halfway point. In its final moments, the song takes on an almost melodic demeanor with melancholic treble guitar leads melting into an airy clean outro, leaving the listener bewildered after running a true aural gambit.

In Immortal Bird’s characteristic fashion, the track infuses the group’s blackened death metal compositional style with the jarring instrumental tone and hyper-irreverant attitude of hardcore, representing the punk-oriented perspective that lies at the core of the band’s identity. Capturing the more personal, introspective pain of black metal and perfectly combining it with the primal rage of their deathgrind roots, they have transmogrified seemingly oblique styles into a consummate and idiosyncratic mix for the modern dissident. Carefully electing to keep their compositions more organic than mechanical, they effortlessly maintain a human element within markedly inhuman music. Bearing a unique brand of angst, “Avolition” and Thrive on Neglect as a whole are a perfect synthesis of the group’s immediately distinct attitude, aesthetic, and message, and furthers their already bewitching sound to even greater heights.

Thrive on Neglect releases July 5th via 20 Buck Spin

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