Despised Icon: Beast

Beast

Despised Icon

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  • Release Date 22 July 2016
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Product code
NB3765-1
Format
Vinyl LP
Label
Nuclear Blast

Mythology, fable and metaphor collide with ‘Beast‘, a blistering new album marking the return of DESPISED ICON. The genre-defining band is fully reawakened, poised to recapture the crown with the monstrous and merciless might of their potent expression. Featuring the men responsible for most of the band’s now classic death metal catalog, ‘Beast‘ is a vicious commentary on the state of the world and the state of music itself.This is old school DESPISED ICON reminiscent of ‘The Healing Process’ (2005) and ‘The Ills Of Modern Man’ (2007), but cast through an ultra-modern lens, carrying with it the experience and driven purpose of a band secure in their identity and their legacy. Without sacrificing the creative leaps of what many feared would be their final album, ‘Day Of Mourning’ (2009), DESPISED ICON renew their focus on the collision of dual vocals, technical wizardry, precision dexterity and massive bottom end they helped to pioneer.

'The Aftermath' kicks off the album with brutal immediacy, encompassing the full scope of what’s ahead with unrelenting attack and classic death metal flair. 'Inner Demons' will have guitar teachers and drum instructors pulling their hair out in frustrated angst, while songs like 'Bad Vibes' put the impossible sounding shred workouts on the backburner in favor of brute force. Throughout the album, deep grooves reminiscent of the best of OBITUARY, DYING FETUS, INTERNAL BLEEDING, or even BIOHAZARD pulse within the fierce aggression. There’s melody to be found in songs like the French-language 'Drapeau Noir.' The dual vocal style DESPISED ICON fans love is as unrestrained as ever.

For many extreme music fans, it may be hard to remember a time before DESPISED ICON, given the massive influence they’ve subsequently had on the genre. But when the group formed back in 2002 and released ‘Consumed By Your Poison’ the same year, there was little intersection between the sounds of classic death metal and the brute force of hardcore. The “metalcore” genre had been in full swing for some time and plenty of those bands had experimented with elements of death metal. But DESPISED ICON were among the first to fully embrace the signatures of the traditional death metal formula combined with a relentless embrace of breakdowns, part of an emerging new sound.

DESPISED ICON now boldly reclaim their legacy without reservation or apology. Since the time of the band’s dissolution - the result of professional burnout, the shifting priorities and responsibilities that come with adulthood and the need for a creative recharge - the group’s members were able to explore different textures with groups like OBEY THE BRAVE and HEAVEN’S CRY. The time apart has only strengthened their resolve when it comes to the purity of what DESPISED ICON means to them as well as to their worldwide fans.

From the savagely unhinged vocals to the inexhaustible pound of the blast beats, DESPISED ICON’s new album is a swift reminder that this band is one of the originators of a powerful movement in extreme metal. The »Beast« is reawakened and ready to rumble. DESPISED ICON is back, ladies and gents, with no frills, no bullshit, and just total power.

Tracklist
Side A
1 The Aftermath  
2 Inner Demons  
3 Drapeau Noir  
4 Bad Vibes  
Tracklist
Side B
1 Dedicated To Extinction  
2 Grind Forever  
3 Time Bomb  
4 One Last Martini  
5 Doomed  
6 Beast