Formed over a decade ago, San Francisco–based metal outfit Hatchets for Hands specialize in a particularly ferocious brand of melodic death metal not far-flung from the trailblazing output of At the Gates or Carcass. Tomorrow (May 8th), the duo — guitarist Brian Parks and drummer-vocalist Cullen Poythress — are set to release their latest full-length, Cabaret of Decay (it's available for pre-order now), and ahead of the big drop, they've teamed with Revolver to unleash the LP in its entirety today. Blast all 10 excoriating tracks and read the band's comments on the album below.
"In writing this record, we realized we shared a very specific vision for the music to somehow capture the essence of a destabilizing world — the breakdown of social order and law, systems dissolving into chaos and a helplessly obsessed humanity dancing amid a burning, crumbling metropolis," the duo said in a joint statement. "You can hear it in the sound of the music, and you can see it in Paolo Girardi's oil painting cover art that brought this hellscape to life.
"When creating dark heavy metal, it's all too often that the spirit and subject matter of your work becomes suddenly realized in the world around you. We could have never imaged our vision for this record would become so suddenly and powerfully realized in a deadly global plague — a fallout that's tapped the very core of our creative intent. These are the moments where metal music is at its most potent and relevant. These are the times where life mimics art in the most profound of ways."