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Texas death metal unit CREEPING DEATH unleashed their Wretched Illusions full-length debut worldwide via Entertainment One(eOne) on September 27th.
Summoned forth from the fertile metal grounds of the Lone Star State, the DIY-subculture bred miscreants of CREEPING DEATH are staging their own sort of musical Alamo, entrenched with their fierce dedication to traditional death metal brutality and the fury of classic thrash.
Revolver Magazine declared CREEPING DEATH an Artist You Need To Know, celebrating the band’s 2018 Specter Of War EP as, “simple and brutal, much like a baseball bat to the face.” No Echo was among the first to shine a light on the Denton, Texas band, admiring the sludgy guitar tones and riffing style of old school death metal and swinging pit-friendly groove. A celebrated performance at Thrasher Magazine’s Death Match 2019 and a buzzed-about co-headlining tour with Fuming Mouth further demonstrated why MetalSucks encouraged readers to “Get Your Old-School Death Metal Fix With New School Band CREEPING DEATH.”
The band’s blistering new full-length platter, Wretched Illusions, raises the stakes with undeniable and unrelenting anthems like “Bloodlust Contamination,” “World Decay,” “Corroded From Within,” and album opener “Ripping Through Flesh.” Each of the record’s ten tracks is a certified ripper, keeping those baseball bat swings coming, over and over.
Devotees of influential death metal merchants like Blood Red Throne, Gorguts, and Grave have a new band to champion. CREEPING DEATH draw liberally from the template set by those bands along with the speed of early Sepultura (Brazil) and the hammering epic crush of Bolt Thrower (England). All of these classic sounds are re-forged together and reflected through CREEPING DEATH’s own fresh and unique prism.
Wretched Illusions is the kind of jaw-dropping, riff-dripping debut that could only come from road hardened chemistry, a collaborative and improvisation heavy rehearsal space, and the lessons of two well received EPs and a tape trading era nostalgic demo. 2016’s Sacrament Of Death and the aforementioned Specter Of War were short bursts of aggressive pummeling that earned the band impressive festival slots and tours with Judiciary, Momentum, and Homewrecker.
Produced by close comrade Daniel Schmuck (Power Trip, Messengers, End Times) and mixed and mastered by burgeoning tastemaker Arthur Rizk (Ghostmane, Cavalera Conspiracy, Outer Heaven), Wretched Illusions is a confident missive of percussive bombast. It’s beyond CREEPING DEATH’s already impressive early rumblings – it’s fast, challenging, and decisive.
CREEPING DEATH’s Wretched Illusions is out now on CD, digital, and vinyl formats. For orders go to THIS LOCATION.
CREEPING DEATH recently wrapped up a short US tour supporting Inter Arma. The band will close out the year supporting High On Fire and Power Trip on a massive North American live takeover. The journey begins November 7th at Levitation Fest in Austin, Texas and will rampage its way through over two dozen cities upon its conclusion December 7th in Los Angeles, California. Additional support will be provided by Devil Master. See all confirmed dates below.
CREEPING DEATH w/ High On Fire, Power Trip, Devil Master:
11/07/2019 Levitation Festival @ Mohawk – Austin, TX
11/08/2019 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
11/09/2019 The Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
11/10/2019 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
11/11/2019 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL * no High On Fire
11/12/2019 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
11/13/2019 Nighthawks – Jacksonville, FL * no High On Fire
11/14/2019 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/15/2019 Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC
11/16/2019 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
11/17/2019 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
11/19/2019 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
11/20/2019 Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ
11/21/2019 Elsewhere – New York, NY
11/22/2019 Elsewhere – New York, NY
11/23/2019 Webster – Hartford, CT
11/24/2019 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
11/25/2019 Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
11/26/2019 The Majestic – Detroit, MI
11/27/2019 The Metro – Chicago, IL
11/29/2019 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
11/30/2019 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
12/02/2019 Neumos – Seattle, WA
12/03/2019 The Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
12/04/2019 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
12/06/2019 The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
12/07/2019 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
12/08/2019 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Reese Alavi – vocals
Trey Pemberton – guitar
Eric Mejia – bass
Lincoln Mullins – drums
” “One thing can be said about CREEPING DEATH: they’re committed to their name… on the material from their upcoming new album Wretched Illusions, the band are exploring a moldier, more clammy-to-the-touch sound that oozes and lumbers as much as it rips… ” — Kerrang!