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While a legion of death metal bands resurrect the sounds of Obituary and Suffocation, San Pedro’s Teeth is more concerned with looking forward to what death metal could be than back at what it has been. Technicality and brutality are often seen as mutually exclusive; on “Collapse,” the first single (streaming exclusively below) from their upcoming album The Curse of Entropy, the group deploys complex timings and changes with surgical precision. But this surgeon has a penchant for evisceration.

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In 2014, Teeth released their debut full-length Unremittance which is taxing in its union of bleak, Gorguts-esque death metal and lonely doom. The group put out a split with Fister two years later. Teeth’s tracks on that recording create the whirlpool effect, sidestepping narrative arcs to rip voids in space-time with relentless blasts, swirling guitar notes, and water-in-the-lungs rhythms.

“Collapse” uses that same approach to explore greater depths of punishment, conjoining sharpened dissonance with the brute force of Primitive Man, the latter coming across most clearly in guitarist-vocalist Justin Moore’s bestial growls. Alejendro Aranda propels the track with circlesaw fills and blasts, accenting notes that have the greatest potential to rupture a spleen. Clocking in at 2:34, “Collapse” is a murderous shape-shifter, creating just enough room to breathe in each section before latching onto the throat and cutting off air. If “Collapse” and The Curse of Entropy are indicators, the future of death metal will be a cruel one.

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The Curse of Entropy releases later this year. Follow the band on Facebook. Teeth will embark on a short tour this June (dates below), including Electric Funeral Fest in Denver.

6/11 - Los Angeles, CA - 5 Star Bar
6/12 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room
6/13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Loading Dock
6/15 - Denver, CO - Electric Funeral Fest
6/16 - Albuquerque, NM - Moonlight Lounge
6/17 - Mesa, AZ - Club Red

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