Toronto, Ontario-based death metal powerhouse, ABYSS, has declared war on the West Coast of North America, this week announcing the ten-city West Coast Anatomization tour, set to bridge the end of July through the first week of August.
Following the release of their Heretical Anatomy debut LP through 20 Buck Spin in April, critical acclaim on ABYSS’s abusive death metal reigned in from around the smoldering globe, praising the band’s ability to craft the genre’s classic stylings into a modernized delivery without impeding on the legitimacy of the founding source material. North American crust metal tones attribute themselves to a thunderous bed of Scandinavian-inspired death worship in a flawlessly executed slab of primal metallic output.
Throughout the impact of Heretical Anatomy, ABYSS has performed regionally, including supporting the almighty Bolt Thrower, but has yet to tackle a mass accumulation of human civilizations in support of the record, until now, with the proclamation of their first full West Coast North American tour. Beginning Thursday, July 30th, in Vancouver, British Columbia, the horde will then cross into the US to stampede down the coastline, storming Olympia, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, San Jose and Oakland before the tour expires in San Francisco on August 8th. The first three US shows will see ABYSS playing alongside labelmates Bone Sickness.
ABYSS West Coast Anatomization Tour:
7/30/2015 Black Lab – Vancouver, BC
7/31/2015 Obsidian – Olympia, WA w/ Bone Sickness
8/01/2015 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ Bone Sickness
8/02/2015 High Water Mark – Portland, OR w/ Bone Sickness
8/03/2015 Press Club – Sacramento, CA
8/04/2015 Star Lanes – Los Angeles, CA
8/05/2015 Babylon – Bakersfield, CA
8/06/2015 TBA – San Jose, CA w/ Ask A Cop
8/07/2015 First Church Of The Buzzard – Oakland, CA
8/08/2015 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
Recorded and engineered by Chris Hegge at Audiolab, Toronto Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust adds his touch to the production of Heretical Anatomy, mixing and mastering ABYSS’s malformed death metal and the horror of its Lovecraftian persona. A record which has devotees of Napalm Death, Exhumed, Repulsion, Impaled, Noisem, Terrorizer, Carcass, Axis Of Advance, and 20 Buck Spin labelmates, Mammoth Grinder and Bone Sickness, circling like vultures, Heretical Anatomy unloads the frenzied blasting of early American and UK death metal and grindcore, before a distinct separation between the two existed. Decibel Magazine offers, “This says it all: eight songs, twenty minutes. No atmospheric or spooky dirges overstaying their welcome. There isn’t even enough time to cough the crypt dust out of your lungs before the next track claws the silence between songs to shreds.” Another single hit early via Steel For Brains, the adjoining review including, “Death metal needs to be fucked up and unforgiving in its execution, and it’s abundantly clear that the Toronto-based ABYSS have that concept at the appropriately gnarled and mutilated heart of their music,” and Metal Insider agreed, issuing in a champion review of the album, “To say this is a nasty record is an understatement. This album is a dump truck full of dynamite, with the brakes cleanly cut and careening downhill at a nuclear reactor. It’s a fantastically horrific affair and completely unrelenting from note one to the final crashing down of it all. If they handed out awards for longest sustained moment of mosh pit inducing sounds this album would walk away the winner hands down.”