UK heavy metal quartet Eradikator return with new single ‘Poisoned To Sorrow’ and announce the release of new album Obscura, set for 3rd August via Divebomb Records.
Check out ‘Poisoned To Sorrow’ below:
Hailing from the birthplace of heavy metal – Birmingham, England – Eradikator are a four-piece heavy metal outfit that initially set out to create face-melting, ear-shredding metal that would make even the most hardened ears haemorrhage liquid steel. Back with Divebomb Records for their third consecutive release – following Dystopia (2013) and Edge of Humanity (2015) – the U.K. quartet has, however, broadened its palette and focused on masterfully crafted song writing with forthcoming nine-song full-length, Obscura.
Speaking of the new album, guitarist Andy MacNevin comments, “Obscura is about addressing the darker side of the human psyche. It’s a concept album that deals with the different stages of grief and how they impact the mind, looking at how we manage those feelings and ultimately try to move forward whilst not forgetting that which we have lost.”
Recorded once more with renowned producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, At the Gates, Evile) at The Parlour Recording Studio, Obscura’s 47-minute journey demonstrates a compositional raising-of-the-bar and a move away from their traditional thrash roots. From the undeniable hooks of opener ‘Nightmare Dawning,’ Eradikator’s first-rate brand of meaty-yet-melodic metal grows increasingly diverse – take, for example, the echoes of acts such as Mastodon or Gojira in ‘Hourglass,’ or the unanticipatedly bluesy intro to the epic ‘I Want to Believe.’
Further elaborating on Obscura’s lyrical direction, bassist/vocalist Pat Cox adds, “It’s about the sense of loss we find within ourselves and the propensity to dwell on and be blinded by grief – following the journey through the sorrow and darkness, reaching the end, and coming out the other side scarred but wiser.”
“Growth” and “maturity” are all too often subtle signs of decline with regard to the heavy metal landscape, but Eradikator have executed this impressively ambitious evolution to utter perfection, and Obscura is sure to remain a benchmark album amidst the group’s growing discography.
Check the band out on one of the following dates:
20.07 – The Asylum, Birmingham
03.08 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
30.08 – Venue tbc, Bristol
07.09 – The Queen’s Head, Nuneaton
26.09 – The Chameleon, Nottingham