Over 20 years and five albums, New Zealand-based extreme-metal trio Ulcerate have spearheaded a singular sound and vision: seasick and disharmonic, chaotic and otherworldly, Lovecraftian in its cosmic horror. Today (April 16th), the band — vocalist-bassist Paul Kelland, guitarist Michael Hoggard and drummer Jamie Saint Merat — have teamed up with Revolver to premiere their new, sixth full-length, the evocatively titled Stare Into Death and Be Still. Sink into it in full for the first time below.
Due out on April 24th via Debemur Morti Productions (which you can pick it up here digitally, here in North America and here in Europe), the group's latest LP continues Ulcerate's fearless exploration of atmosphere and aggression while, thematically, delving into the concept of "death reverence." According to the band, they drew on recent personal experience to confront the truism that death and tragedy aren't always sudden or violent, that people are often passive observers trapped "in the silent horror of observing death calmly and cleanly."