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Multi­-state death metal project GRUESOME was born out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey and drummer Gus Rios’ mutual involvement with the Death To All tours (Harvey served as frontman for the original mini­-tour and Rios both performed “Baptized in Blood” and worked with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Exhumed filled in as support). After discussing and discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on the first two albums, Harvey half­-jokingly suggested that the pair write their own songs in intentional homage to Death. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the band soon had five tracks written. With Harvey writing in California, Rios recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida, while Harvey tracked his vocals on the West Coast.

GRUESOME released a pair of single-­song demos in 2014, and were subsequently signed by Relapse Records in June of that year, with a full-­length release (recorded in Florida, of course) planned for early the next year. The result of those recordings would become the band’s debut full- length Savage Land, a truly gruesome slab of Leprosy-styled death metal released in April 2015. It’s clear from the song quality on Savage Land that GRUESOME are humbly determined to keep Death’s classic sound alive as faithfully as possible, and the critical acclaim for Savage Land has reflected the band’s dedication. Metal Injection called Savage Land “the advanced, dripping-­rot-from-­the-corners-­of-­a-­coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for,” while Exclaim declared that “the enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe­-inspiring.”

After the positive reception of Savage LandGRUESOME knew they wanted to continue further with their tribute, and decided that any true Death tribute band would have to sink its teeth into the undiluted savagery of Death’s early material. Their recent EP reflects that sentiment: produced by the band and co-produced / recorded with Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation Studios RMP in Orlando, Florida, Dimensions of Horror is a gruesome salute to Death’s iconic Scream Bloody Gore and once again features cover art by the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre). A six-song slab of grisly, bone-breaking death metal jams, Dimensions Of Horror continues the development of GRUESOME‘s homage to the founding fathers of the genre and proves that no matter the decade, old-school death metal is always relevant, always brutal, and always irresistible.  With an all- star lineup and unmatched songwriting skills, GRUESOME is willing and able to propel the historical sentiment and sincerity of Death’s spirit into the present.

GRUESOME are:

Matt Harvey ­- Guitar, Vocals
Daniel Gonzalez ­- Guitar
Robin Mazen ­- Bass
Gus Rios ­- Drums

ARTIST UPDATES
  • Relapse Records Podcast #48- March 2017 Ft. OBITUARY The Relapse Records podcast returns to kick off the Spring with a special OBITUARY takeover! March’s episode also highlights new and upcoming releases from IRON REAGAN, THE OBSESSED, GRUESOME, KING WOMAN, ECSTATIC VISION, JOHN FRUM and UNEARTHLY TRANCE! We also spin a handful of death metal classics from new vinyl reissues. This month, Nick talked ...
  • GRUESOME Share “Choke On It ‘91 (Death Cover)” Via Loudwire, Announce US Tour Dates With Obituary Photo Credit: Cristina Mariutto GRUESOME, Florida’s modern purveyors of old-school death metal have shared a cover of Death’s “Choke On It” off their legendary Leprosy album. The song is a “Humanized” reworking of the classic track which drummer Gus Rios elaborated on below. Listen now via Loudwire at this location. “This is a true homage from apprentice ...
  • OBITUARY Share New Song “A Lesson In Vengeance”; Announce New US Tour Dates With Gruesome Photo: Ester Segarra Florida death metal legends OBITUARY have shared a new song from their impending, Self-Titled album out next week, March 17th. Hear “A Lesson In Vengeance” now via YouTube at this location. Additionally, OBITUARY has announced new US headline tour dates with labelmates Gruesome from May 11th till May 21st. The band kicks off the ...
  • GRUESOME Announce New EP ‘Fragments Of Psyche’; Share New Song fragments_3000 Modern purveyors of old-school death metal, GRUESOME, have announced a new EP entitled Fragments of Psyche. The EP further continues the band’s homage to the legendary band Death and offers a glimpse into the next era of GRUESOME. Fragments of Psyche is due out March 31st on CD/7”EP/Digital via Relapse Records and features a two-song ...
  • GRUESOME Announce EU Tour and Florida / Puerto Rico Dates Multi-state OSDM force GRUESOME have just announced the “Forces Of Death United” tour in support of their scorching new EP Dimensions Of Horror. After a trio of local Florida shows, the band will be crossing the pond to perform nine dates in Europe, including appearances at Brutal Assault, Motocultor, and numerous other fests. GRUESOME will also be playing three of the European dates with ...
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