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Death metal has always had roots in themes of humanity, darkness, and oppression, but when ULCERATE formed in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000, their unconventional approach to the genre quickly redefined the meaning of those concepts throughout death metal and beyond. The trio’s distinctive treatment of dynamics alongside in-depth lyrical content established the band as a formidable force long before they became the standard-bearers for a new era of death metal, one defined by meticulous passages of understated melodic sensibilities and jarring, tooth-scraping dissonance. Following the release of two promising demos, Ulcerate and The Coming of Genocide, ULCERATE released their debut full-length Of Fracture And Failure (Neurotic Records, 2007), which sent waves through the underground. ULCERATE ascended to the global stage upon the release of their 2009 sophomore record and Willowtip Records debut Everything is Fire, which garnered the band widespread critical recognition and enabled them to complete extensive tours of Europe for the first time.

ULCERATE’s next two albums found the band venturing into bleaker and more atmospheric territory than ever before. The Destroyers Of All, released via Willowtip in 2011, captivated press and audiences worldwide, even appearing at #3 on Pitchfork’s top 40 metal albums of the year . In 2013, ULCERATE joined forces with Relapse Records for the release of Vermis, which further refined the band’s doom-laden take on technical death metal and became ULCERATE’s most acclaimed and accomplished release thus far. The band are masters of their craft outside the studio, too – ULCERATE have taken the time to hone a punishing live act and establish themselves as an inimitable live presence. The band has toured the world extensively, including headlining North American tours with labelmates Inter Arma & Tombs, a headlining UK tour with Bell Witch, headlining European tours with Svart Crown and Wormed, and numerous tours of New Zealand and Australia. ULCERATE have also appeared at worldwide festivals ranging from Maryland Deathfest in the US to Hellfest in France and more.

This year, the forward-thinking trio will return with their latest masterwork Shrines Of Paralysis, a flawless continuation of the band’s signature sonic philosophy. Shrines Of Paralysis spans eight tracks of singular death metal, incorporating a wider range of styles and ideas than ever before. Influences both within and beyond metal abound: organic, inventive phrasings and novel compositional techniques round out a thundering package of death, doom, and black metal stylings. As is characteristic of the band, Shrines Of Paralysis is about much more than just the music. The production, themes, and atmosphere all shape ULCERATE‘s music, and help guide the way through a highly evocative palette of dark and light passages, subtly dramatic rhythmic manipulation, and unparalleled technical heaviness. The band’s most cohesive and powerful release to date.

Ulcerate are:
Paul Kelland: Bass/vocals
Michael Hoggard: Guitars
Jamie Saint Merat: Drums

ARTIST UPDATES
  • ULCERATE: “Extinguished Light” Live Drum Playthrough Video Via Sick Drummer New Zealand death metallers ULCERATE have shared a new live drum playthrough video via Sick Drummer. Watch Jamie Saint Merat perform “Extinguished Light” off the recently released Shrines Of Paralysis full-length here. The live drum playthrough was filmed at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY on the last date of the Shrines of Paralysis North American ...
  • Ulcerate Premiere Drum Playthrough Video Via Sick Drummer; Kick Off NA Tour This Week New Zealand death metallers ULCERATE have shared a new drum playthrough video via Sick Drummer. Watch Jamie Saint Merat perform song segments from the recently released Shrines Of Paralysis full-length here. ULCERATE‘s latest masterwork Shrines Of Paralysis is a flawless continuation of the band’s signature sonic philosophy. Shrines Of Paralysis spans eight tracks of singular death ...
  • ULCERATE Stream New Album ‘Shrines Of Paralysis’ in Full ulcerate-shrines-of-paralysis-lp-cd-2016-new-release New Zealand death metallers ULCERATE have just shared a full stream of their forthcoming opus Shrines Of Paralysis (out this October 28). ‘Shrines Of Paralysis’ can be streamed via Soundcloud below: ULCERATE’s latest masterwork Shrines Of Paralysis is a flawless continuation of the band’s signature sonic philosophy. Shrines Of Paralysis spans eight tracks of singular death ...
  • ULCERATE Share Title Track “Shrines Of Paralysis” ulcerate-shrines-of-paralysis-lp-cd-2016-new-release Progressive death/doom pioneers ULCERATE have just shared the title track from their forthcoming opus Shrines Of Paralysis (out this October 28). “Shrines Of Paralysis” can be streamed below, via YouTube at this location, or via Soundcloud here. You can also stream “Extinguished Light” and “Abrogation”, the first two singles from Shrines Of Paralysis, now via Soundcloud here and ...
  • ULCERATE Share Second Song “Abrogation” via CLRVYNT ulcerate-shrines-of-paralysis-lp-cd-2016-new-release Forward-thinking, unorthodox New Zealand death metal trio ULCERATE have shared “Abrogation,” the second song from their forthcoming album Shrines Of Paralysis, via new music portal CLRVYNT. CLRVYNT commented, “‘Abrogation’ is a whirlwind of death metal insanity, complete with odd atonal riffing, sick grooves when needed, subtle melody and a growl seldom seen this side of the Styx.” “Abrogation” can ...

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