MASSACRE release single "Behind The Serpent's Curse" featuring Anders Odden
New EP 'MYTHOS' out on July 1st
MASSACRE have announced plans to release a new EP titled “Mythos” on July 1st with Nuclear Blast. Today, the band has revealed the record’s first single “Behind The Serpent’s Curse,” which features Anders Odden (CADAVER), that is accompanied by a b-side track “The Dunwich Horror.” The EP follows the band’s last album ‘Resurgence’, which was released October 2021.
Watch “Behind The Serpent’s Curse“ below.
Commenting on the new single and b-side, vocalist Kam Lee states: “‘Behind the Serpent’s Curse’ is lyrically inspired by and roughly based on the Lovecraft short story “The Curse Of Yig,” but is also the most metaphorically lyrical based song I’ve written in Massacre, and that is directly inspired by actual real life circumstances. It acts like a warning of sorts and is a foretelling of how it’s been like dealing with certain toxic individuals in my life. It indirectly relates to individuals whom always seem to come in pairs, and how, like serpents these people spread their venomous poison (lies). I also had guest vocalist Anders Odden (Cadaver) join me on this particular track because lyrically it is very similar in theme to the Cadaver track “Feed The Pigs” that I made a guest appearance on. Having two distinct vocalist on a track that lyrically is based on the concepts of duality of untrusting individuals wasn’t just an after thought either, I always intended this track to be represented by two vocalist. ‘The Dunwich Horror’ is a more traditional track in both lyrical approach and aesthetics. It’s just basically loosely based upon the Lovecraft story of the same name, but still resonates upon the core theme of twins. Two seemingly evil brother abominations brought into this world by a grotesque and hideous matriarch. I guess one could say I am suggesting that behind every pair of twin lying toxic men is always an equally conniving female antagonist. Yeah, sure, I’m simply reflecting upon my own past experiences, but it seems to be the case in a lot of similar circumstances. Musically both tracks are laden in the same old school death metal style that can be found on ‘Resurgence.’ It’s a sound and style that carries over and shall continue to be the core essence of MASSACRE under my helm.”
Watch the previously released “The Innsmouth Strain” below.
Commenting on the album and new single, vocalist Kam Lee states: “It’s all about Lovecraft, isn’t it? Honesty though, aesthetically MASSACRE needed two main things to return to be proper. A) The return to the core roots of O.S.D.M. (Old School Death Metal) style death metal that late ’80s, early ’90s sound. Musically, the record has to retain that nostalgic retro style. B) To return to the lyrical aesthetics laden with influences heavily drawn from the stories and fictional mythos that is all Lovecraftian.
“‘The Innsmouth Strain’ is heavily influenced by the H.P. Lovecraft story ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ yet has my own twisted take on transmutation body horror aspects thrown in. I sort of lyrically give it a David Cronenberg/Junji Ito-type spin on a Lovecraft fiction. So lyrically it is basically about body horror of aquatic transmutation. Any deeper meaning then that is just speculative, but could simply be metaphor for our world’s current situation with the pandemic and other threats of the spreading of viral infection. Musically it’s just proper O.S.D.M. the way it’s meant to be played and properly represented by MASSACRE.”
Joining Lee and bassist Mike Borders for the new album are guitarists Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER), Jonny Pettersson (GODS FORSAKEN, WOMBBATH, HENRY KANE) and Scott Fairfax (MEMORIAM, AS THE WORLD DIES), along with drummer Brynjar Helgeton (CRYPTICUS, THE GROTESQUERY). There are additional guest performances by Marc Grewe (INSIDIOUS DISEASE), Dave Ingram (BENEDICTION), Anders Odden (CADAVER) and Pete Slate (DRUID LORD) The LP was recorded with producer and death metal icon Dan Swanö (ex-EDGE OF SANITY, ex-BLOODBATH) and Pettersson as engineer/mixer.
MASSACRE‘s upcoming album will be the first to feature Borders, as well as the band’s first recording in 25 years to feature Lee (ex-DEATH, ex-MANTAS).
Nuclear Blast‘s U.S.A. general manager Gerardo Martinez, who signed MASSACRE, said: “For many of us at Nuclear Blast, MASSACRE is one of our favorite bands, and instrumental in the formative years of death metal and with their debut album alone. It paved the way to many artists to follow. It’s an honor to be working a brand new record with Kam Lee on vocals after nearly 30 years!”
Last September, drummer Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC., THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) and guitarist Taylor Nordberg (THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) announced their departure from MASSACRE. The duo had joined the group less than a year earlier and were said to be working on MASSACRE‘s fourth studio album at Kling/Nordberg‘s own Smoke & Mirrors Productions in Spring Hill, Florida.
Kling and Nordberg said in a statement that “what was presented as a democracy turned out to be a dictatorship with an excruciating lack of communication.”
MASSACRE parted ways with guitarist Rick Rozz and drummer Mike Mazzonetto in September 2019. At the time, Lee and Borders blamed the split on “contract infringement violations,” “poor performance, incompetence, and lack of professionalism.”
MASSACRE‘s latest album, 2014’s “Back From Beyond”, featured Rozz and Mazzonetto alongside bassist Terry Butler and vocalist Ed Webb.
In early 2017, Butler — who is now playing bass for OBITUARY — told Metal Wani that Rozz and Mazzonetto “destroyed” MASSACRE with their “behind-the-scenes backtalking and backstabbing.” He went on to make it clear that Rozz and Lee‘s then-collaboration could not be called MASSACRE. He said: “They can do all they want and write all the songs in the world they want, but it’s not gonna be called MASSACRE.”