Ulcerate

Originating from Auckland, New Zealand, the unorthodox Death Metal ensemble ULCERATE was conceived in 2000 by guitarist Michael Hoggard and drummer Jamie Saint Merat. Their initial intention was to craft dark, oppressive Death Metal – a vision that subsequently evolved into an innovative, nuanced approach embracing atmospheric and mood-rich elements. This progression was significantly influenced by the addition of bassist/vocalist Paul Kelland, pushing the band’s will for constant development even further.

ULCERATE‘s artistry is characterized by a whirlwind of scything art-metal guitars, thunderous, intricate drumming, and guttural vocal roars which create an overwhelming sense of impending doom. This signature sound was perfectly executed on their first three groundbreaking and highly dissonant albums: Of Fracture And Failure (2007), Everything Is Fire (2009), and The Destroyers Of All (2011), each of which have become milestones.

Recognition from fans/critics and extensive touring brought about a partnership with the esteemed label Relapse Records. The resulting two albums Vermis (2013) and Shrines Of Paralysis (2016) found the band heading to deeper and darker climes, proving ULCERATE to be at the vanguard of modern Death Metal.

In 2020, ULCERATE joined pioneering French Extreme Metal label Debemur Morti Productions,. The same year marked the release of the band’s sixth album, Stare Into Death And Be Still,  a groundbreaking exploration of melody, harmony, and power. Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and limited touring opportunities due to travel restrictions, Stare Into Death And Be Still garnered widespread acclaim, noted for its unique mixture of emotive melodicism and crushing darkness.

In 2022 and 2023, ULCERATE were finally able to triumphantly tour Europe, Australasia and the United States, showcasing their unparalleled technical skill and creative vigor as they presented the compositions of Stare Into Death And Be Still on stage.

The year 2024 heralds the arrival of Cutting The Throat Of God, a mind-bending seventh album from these unparalleled Death Metal titans. Cutting The Throat Of God is not a concept album, but weaves a consistent lyrical theme relating to the severance of morality: the thin line that may be crossed into depravity or extremity, and once traversed, the impossibility of return – staring into an abyss that is perpetually growing and infinite, caught in a self-replicating hell with no way back.

The album was recorded between September and December 2023. Drummer Jamie Saint Merat recorded the collection, mixing and all visuals. Magnus Lindberg, known for his work with Cult of Luna, Russian Circles, and Tribulation, handled the mastering.

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