The brutal release with the brutal ideals
Having laid low since the end of 2014, Northern Irish death metallers Rex Shachath have suddenly announced their return and are back for blood with a brand new record which will be out November 20th via Great Dane Records.
Entitled Revocation Of The Blood Elect, this new EP might not be what people are expecting if they’re familiar with the band’s debut offering Sepulchral Torment. Since that release the band have had time to coalesce and where Sepulchral Torment had more of an ‘old school’ sound, Revocation Of The Blood Elect is an entirely new animal. Tackling social issues such as the state of modern society and man’s exorbitant desire for wealth at the expense of our natural world, the band have harnessed a sound more befitting to such issues on their forthcoming record. Old school ideals kneaded with modern death metal notions on a much more up to date and punchier production is what we have here. Revocation Of The Blood Elect carries a sound as big if not bigger than its message.
Vocalist and lyricist Dave Connolly sums the record up with a quote from French philosopher Denis Diderot, “Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
“This record focuses on many topics, but the most prevalent is the state of society and the natural world today. A track like ‘Colossus Rise’ deals with the overall state of the earth and how humanity is picking up the pace in its destruction for financial gain. Whereas the title track sees those in positions of power overthrown and put to the sword by those who have endured oppression, and watched the natural world struggle while the ‘powerful’ profit from the destruction of man and earth. ‘Atonement Through Atrocity’, much like the title track sees those who have trampled the underdog finally get the teeth end of the victim. In conclusion mankind will destroy itself as long as it allows those in positions of power continue to rule as they do, without any care for fellow man and the earth on which we live”
“In dealing with the everyday struggle we see the effects of daily life cripple the minds of many and this rears its head throughout the EP especially in the track ‘Within the Temple of Disgust’ which also features a friend of ours Ben McCrow (Gorerotted, The Rotted, Extreme Noise Terror) on guest vocals.
Artwork was completed by UK artist Godmachine famed for his work with bands such as Suicide Silence, Bring Me The Horizon, Cannibal Corpse and Job For A Cowboy to name a few. The EP was recorded, mixed and mastered by Joe Thompson at Sonic Forge Studio, Cardiff, Wales.