It has been an incredible month for Portland, Oregon death metal band, Vitriol. The beginning of the month saw them release their debut album ‘To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice’ via Century Media Records.
An absolute hell of a release, this is the sound of band going all out to ensure their debut is heard and recognised for just how strong it is. All the parts of Vitriol come together to deliver a refined level of heaviness. From the roars of the vocals to the screeching guitars. To the pulverising drums, it all marries together to create the perfect storm of metal.
It needs to be heard, especially for fans of extreme metal. You can read our full review here.
If that’s you, then you also need to make sure you check them out live. As tonight in London, they proved they are the future of extreme music. As one band of a four-band bill that includes the legendary Nile, the incomparable Hate Eternal and the rising star of Omophagia, Vitriol leave their mark on the English capital.
It doesn’t seem like that’s going to be the case though at first as technical issues delay the start. A patient crowd watches on while a whole lot of nothing happens on stage but happily, the problem is fixed and Vitriol come out absolutely screaming.
The beast has woken and it is raging. Over far too quickly, Vitriol showcase exactly what we learned about them on the album and then some. The songs sound immense, if you had 20/20 hearing before hand, you don’t afterwards. Victim off the To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice is particularly immense.
Enough can’t be said about the band on stage. Kyle Rasmussen body is literally vibrating with the vocal power he exudes and Adam Roethlisberger slaps his bass around hypnotically. With little room to move around, Mike Ashton commands front and centre while Scott Walker pounds the drums like they’re wronged him. Individually, they are captivating but as a unit…we’re looking at the future of death metal here.
Vitriol at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London (26/09/19)
The Final Score - 9/10