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Vermin Womb – “Cancer” (Song Premiere)


Metal can often feel pretty provincial, even when bands get their death metal mixed in with their black metal, typically they’ll still pick one avenue or style and stick with it. Vermin Womb are less picky. They don’t care how they kick your ass, just that your ass is thoroughly kicked. Their new album Decline is a brilliant example of how to get past extremity creep in modern metal. Right before the listener gets used to their take on grind, they go full death metal. Then before they can wrap their head around that, the phrasing starts to stretch out and get closer to black metal, except built on deep-fried bass frequencies and not screechy treble.

The album’s closing track demonstrates this process in miniature. “Cancer” starts blisteringly fast, and keeps nudging the tempo just a hair slower, moving from blast beats to to d-beats before settling into a steady crawl. The pace of the song may change, but the intensity does not. Vermin Womb’s guitar tone is outrageously nasty. Listening to it for extended periods of time is like doing a beer-bong of BBQ sauce. Because of this, the extended fade out in “Cancer” scans as an act of mercy. You can stream the song below, ahead of Decline’s October 28th release date.

Decline is out on October 28th via Translation Loss Records in the US and Throatruiner in Europe. You can follow Vermin Womb on Facebook. You can also catch them live on their upcoming tour, dates below:

9/29 Denver, CO-Club Scum
9/30 Minneapolis, MN-Eagles Club
10/1 Chicago, IL-Live Wire lounge ≈
10/2 Indianapolis, IN-5th Quarter ≈
10/3 Grand Rapids, MI-Fire House ≈
10/4 Allentown, PA-Good Weekend ≈
10/5 Hamden, CT-The Space ≠
10/6 Mont Clair, New Jersey-The Meat Locker ≠
10/7 Worcester, MA-Distant Castle ≠
10/8 Portland, ME-Genos Rock club ≠
10/9 Bangor, ME-Central Art Gallery ≠
10/10 Ithaca, NY-Chanticleer Lounge ≠
10/11 Brooklyn, NY-Saint Vitus ≠
10/12 Baltimore, MD-Sidebar ≠
10/13 Philadelphia, PA-Kung Fu Necktie ≠
10/14 Richmond, VA-Gallery 5
10/15 Raleigh, NC-Slims Downtown
10//16 Columbia, SC-New Brookland Tavern
10/17 Nashville, TN-East Room
10/18 Dallas, TX-Renos
10/19 Austin, TX-Lost Well
10/20 El Paso, TX-Sandbox
10/21 Tucson, AZ-Southwest Terror Fest
10/23 Tijuana, MX-Mods Bar §•
10/24 Long Beach, CA-Black Light §•
10/25 Los Angeles, CA-Complex §•
10/26 Oakland, CA-Golden Bull §•
10/27 San Francisco, CA-SF Eagle §•
10/28 Sacramento, CA-Starlight §•
10/29 Eureka, CA-The Siren’s Song Tavern §•
10/30 Eugene, OR-The Boreal §•
10/31 Portland, OR-High Water Mark §•
11/01 Seattle, WA-Highline •
11/02 Boise, ID -Wastelander Studios
11/03 Denver, CO-Mutiny Info Cafe W/ FISTER

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