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New Zealand's metal pride and joy, Ulcerate, has released a taste of its new album, The Destroyers of All, out January 25, 2011 on Willowtip. You can stream "Dead Oceans" below or download it here.

"Dead Oceans"

It's a monster. Ulcerate is part of a forward-thinking death metal thread that includes the later discographies of Meshuggah and Decapitated. That thread is technical but not wanky, and is, more importantly, atmospheric.

In death metal, "atmosphere" typically means "cavern vocals + blurry production". But "Dead Oceans" sounds like Neurosis sharpened and set atop death metal chops. (The below video of guitar tracking sounds decidedly post-metal.) These chops are subtle and organic. Drums sound like drums, and the guitars' edge has not been Andy Sneap-ed away. Keening lines answer each other left and right (hear this in headphones if you can), with majestic octaves evoking Immolation. These seven minutes are otherworldly. I eagerly await more.

— Cosmo Lee

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For a detailed audiovisual studio blog from recording The Destroyers of All, see here.

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