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Death Thrashers OBSOLETE Releasing 'Animate//Isolate' on Unspeakable Axe in April!


Unspeakable Axe Records will release Animate//Isolate, the new album from Death Thrashers OBSOLETE, April 19 on CD and cassette. Album opener "Still" is streaming now at youtu.be/iKa3vxz9XIA


For a certain type of metal purist, extremity is defined not by blast beats and bowel-bothering growls, but by how fast a band can sand your face off with a riff that is both instantly memorable, and so intricate and alien that you can't begin to understand how to play it on a lowly human guitar. By that metric, OBSOLETE may be that certain purist's favorite band.

Every riff here is fine-tuned for maximum cerebral carnage. Why play a normal scale in a normal way at a normal speed, when you can play a bizarre, upside-down bit of nightmare logic at warp 9? Somehow OBSOLETE is able to bang out riff after riff in this style all over their new album Animate//Isolate. Just as impressively, they string them together into comprehensible structures and memorable songs--a collision of head-bangable death/thrashing goodness and advanced technicality encountered only occasionally in such predecessor bands as SADUS and demo-era CYNIC. Adding in occasional splashes of black metal and avant-death dissonance, OBSOLETE manages to craft a debut album that stands apart from the crowd without resorting to gimmicks or unlistenable experimentation.


With Animate//Isolate, OBSOLETE have put together one hell of a first salvo. Nine tracks deep and bristling with ideas and hyperactive energy, this is a death/thrash album that any fan of either genre should hear.


Creativity. Ferocity. Technicality. Obsolete. Animate. Isolate. Coming on CD and cassette from Unspeakable Axe Records on April 19, 2021.

Track Listing:

1. Still

2. The Atrophy of Will

3. The Slough

4. Old Horizon

5. Silent Freeway

6. Stumbling and Listless

7. The Fog

8. Callousness of Soul

9. Intercostal

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