Mutilation Rites, the self-professed “filthy black metal” band from Brooklyn described by MetalSucks as “evil as fuck,” have unveiled the first taste of their Prosthetic Records debut, Empyrean, which will be released on May 22.
Visit Pitchfork now to stream the track “Realms of Dementia,” which they describe as “a song that brings to mind late-period Darkthrone vomiting the youthful version of themselves onto the crowd at a filthy DIY space,” and then visit the Prosthetic Store to pre-order the album, the cover art for which appears above.
Earlier this month, Mutilation Rites — now featuring Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day, Wetnurse) on bass — kicked off a three-week tour that will take them to and from South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, where they will perform five times over four days. Afterwards, they’ll play in Dallas alongside Alcest and do a week’s worth of shows with Hull. A complete list of their remaining tour dates appears below.
Founded by Justin Ennis (drums, ex-Tombs) and Michael Dimmitt (guitars) in 2009, Mutilation Rites has established a grass-roots following via several underground tours and a split 7″ with Batillus that was released last year. The group recorded Emyprean at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MB with Kevin Bernsten (Triac). For more information on the band, visit their Facebook.
Mutilation Rites – I AM LEGION 12″
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March 12 – Lawrence KS – Eighth St Taproom
March 14 – Austin TX – Pitchfork Show No Mercy SXSW Party at ND Studios (free; 12 p.m. set)
March 15 – Austin TX – The Annex at 1808 (10 p.m. set)
March 16 – Austin TX – Prosthetic SXSW Showcase at Valhalla (11 p.m. set)
March 17 – Austin TX – Brooklyn Vegan SXSW Party at Lovejoy’s (free; 12:50 p.m. set)
March 17 – Austin TX – Prosthetic/Scion SXSW “Death Comes Ripping” Party at The Longbranch Inn (free; 4:45 p.m. set)
March 18 – Denton TX – The Lions Den (w/ Hull)
March 19 – Dallas TX – Queens City Hall (w/ Alcest, Hull)
March 20 – Little Rock AR – Downtown Music (w/ Hull)
March 21 – Nashville TN – Cafe Coco (w/ Hull, Balaclava, Dawn, Yautja)
March 22 – Richmond VA – Wonderland (w/ Triac, Hull)
March 23 – Brooklyn NY – The Acheron (w/ Hull, Batillus, Trenchgrinder)