Dying Fetus // Thy Art Is Murder

The Vanguard and Bros. Houligan Presents...

Dying Fetus // Thy Art Is Murder

Rivers Of Nihil, Enterprise Earth, Sanction, Skysia

Tue, April 3, 2018

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages

Dying Fetus
Dying Fetus
Since John Gallagher and Jason Netherton first formed the band during 'the popular days of Death Metal' in 1991, Dying Fetus have progressed, gained it's unique style and become one of the most acclaimed and popular Death Metal/Grindcore acts in the metal underground.

The band's members combine technical brutality with catchy song structures which make each single track they have released so far innovative and memorable.

After touring with bands such as The Berzerker, Hate Eternal, Gorguts, Skinless and other modern Death Metal acts and releasing five full-lenghts; Jason left the band while Sparky Voyles and Kevin Talley were asked to leave because of various internal conflicts.

Everyone was obviously expecting Dying Fetus' imminent death, but it never happened.

In 2003, Dying Fetus re-appeared with a new album, "Stop At Nothing", and a completely new line-up (only John Gallagher remained). Incredibly enough, even though basically a totally different band, all of the elements that made Dying Fetus such a great group were present in the new release and for someone that didn't know the facts, it would seem that nothing ever changed in the line-up.
Thy Art Is Murder
Thy Art Is Murder
THY ART IS MURDER furiously charges once more unto the breach, clawing and spitting against the dying light and a seemingly inevitable collapse of existence. Dear Desolation, the Australian metal crew’s fourth and mightiest album, is a devastating blow equally against and embracing of a cataclysmic nihilism and all-out misanthropic warfare.

Combining classic and authentic death metal elements that invoke the renegade, spirit-crushing, monstrosity of early Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, and Decapitated with the precision rhythmic assault of Meshuggah and the breakdown-infused bounce of Black Dahlia Murder, THY ART IS MURDER have redefined a once cast aside and maligned subgenre, proudly reenergizing and representing the best in extremity.

The band’s music remains uncompromising, building upon the savage momentum of the controversially outspoken Holy War (2015), the punishing Hate (2012) and their gigantic debut, The Adversary (2010).

Dear Desolation continues the band’s evolutionary trajectory, remaining consistently inventive and diverse without sacrifice the band’s established identity. The adventurous spirit of the band’s unprecedented collaboration with The Acacia Strain and Fit For An Autopsy, released as The Depression Sessions, continues unabated, expanding and informing the band’s already confident creativity.

A new generation of death metal acolytes and vintage older thrashers alike enthusiastically proclaim the band’s unrelenting aggression, cementing a reputation with an increasingly fervent international fanbase. Videos for “Holy War,” “The Purest Strain of Hate,” “Shadow
of Eternal Sin,” “They Will Know Another,” “Light Bearer,” and “No Absolution” resulted in more than 30 million views on YouTube; “Reign of Darkness” alone accounts for nearly a third of those online views.

Thy Art Is Murder sharpened their sonic weapons on the road, with early tours in support of genre giants like Fear Factory and Cattle Decapitation, followed by much heralded appearances at Soundwave and all over North America on the Rockstar Mayhem Tour with Slayer. They’ve earned accolades from the likes of Metal Hammer and fellow bands alike, while delivering standout sets at festivals like Download.

Holy War, the band’s third album, entered the official Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart at #7, the highest ever debut position for an extreme metal act born and bred in the country.

When guitarists Sean Delander and Andy Marsh reconvened to begin work on what would become the band’s fourth album, they kept the material anchored in the rhythmic death metal that’s become their signature, but with an emphasis on songs that are both bigger and more straightforward. Dear Desolation is lean and stripped down.

Holed up in New Jersey for several weeks, the duo amassed around 25 songs between them, trimming the fat with the assistance of longtime producer Will Putney (Every Time I Die, The Amity Affliction, For Today) until only the 12 strongest compositions remained. Drummer Lee Stanton and bassist Kevin Butler laid down their contributions, with powerhouse vocalist CJ McMahon knocking out awe-inspiring performances, with Marsh’s lyrics, in less than two weeks.

Thematically the album expands beyond vicious polemic and vehemently contrarian invective into broader storytelling, contemplative death anxiety, and meditations on mortality and
morality. It’s an album of culture, environment, community; ties that bind, the panic that unwinds, and the constant, urgent primal scream.

If this is truly the soundtrack to the end of humanity, it’s music that should unite and empower extreme metal fans in all corners of the genre. Thy Art Is Murder skillfully ignites a crowd of 150 or 150,000.

Dear Desolation is custom built for the festival stage, organically streamlined to translate to a wide audience as skillfully as the central sound at Thy Art Is Murder’s core has resonates in sweaty clubs and theaters since the band’s formation in 2006. This is extreme metal for the people, torchbearers for a primal style that doesn’t die.
Rivers Of Nihil
Rivers Of Nihil
Rivers of Nihil began their musical journey in 2009, and recorded their first EP, "Hierarchy", with Carson Slovak. Six years and multiple tours later, the band returned to Slovak and Atrium Audio in Pennsylvania, after having recorded their previous effort "The Conscious Seed of Light" in 2012 with Erik Rutan at Mana Studios in Florida. Since the release of that album and signing with Metal Blade Records, Rivers of Nihil found themselves quickly climbing the global metal ranks on the strength of overwhelmingly positive reviews and tours with Death (DTA Tours), Obituary, Whitechapel, Dying Fetus, Black Crown Initiate, plus an appearance at the storied New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. During the album campaign, the band was joined by new drummer Alan Balamut and guitarist Jon Topore. Balamut and Topore join guitarist Brody Uttley, bassist Adam Biggs, and vocalist Jake Dieffenbach to form the up-and-coming force of modern death metal that is Rivers of Nihil.

Topping their full-length debut is no elementary task; Terrorizer Magazine declared that Rivers of Nihil "manage to do something unashamedly modern, and yet make death metal sound twisted and malevolent," while HeavyBlogisHeavy.com simple noted that it was "Definitely one of the best debuts to come out this year." Guitarist Brody Uttley cites recent personal hardships as a major factor in the creative process for "Monarchy". Uttley divulges that "I lost a few close friends. The loss of these people had a profound influence on the creation of the music for this record. I was having strong feelings of rage, sadness, hope, and frustration as a result. The songs turned out heavier, darker, sadder, and more frightening than I had ever hoped that they would." The mood of this album, and the song sequence, reflect these emotions. "Monarchy" begins with the most heavy and darkest tracks, and continues to develop more progressive leanings until the end when Uttley says "the emotional tension completely falls apart."

Brody Uttley's home studio and emerging editing skills were put to task to track all of the guitars and bass. This afforded them the time and comfort to track practically stress free. Adam Biggs noted that this approach gave them "all the control we could ask for, as well as the time we needed to create the very lush and layered sound for the guitars that Brody envisioned for the record." Uttley shouldered the bulk of the song writing load for "Monarchy". This allowed for Uttley to flex his musical muscles to a larger degree than on previous albums, and even experiment a bit further. Uttley explains: "This album was a big step for us as a band, but also for me personally. I have always wanted to create something from start to finish (more or less) that musically expresses every single emotion that I have experienced during the process of composing the music." Brody continues: "I have always been a big fan of post rock music and I wanted to write a death metal record that combined the atmospheric elements of bands like Explosions in the Sky, This Will Destroy You, If These Trees Could Talk, and Sigur Ros (to name a few) with the heaviness of death metal."

Once the songs were ready, the band entered Atrium Studios to record vocals, drums, and to re-amp guitars and bass. Biggs described their time in the studio as "smooth, relaxed and a lot of fun" due to having put in time at Atrium Audio previously. Additionally, both new members brought a renewed vigor. Drummer Alan Balamut recorded the entire album in a day and a half, a respectable pace for even the most studio-hardened of drummers. Guitarist Jon Topore co-wrote "Reign of Dreams" with Uttley, which is an indication of great things to come from the relatively new guitar duo. This is a very new and very hungry Rivers of Nihil on the recording of "Monarchy".

And let's not forget the bearded mouthpiece for Rivers of Nihil, Jake Dieffenbach. Throughout the tracking of "The Conscious Stream of Light", Dieffenbach worked with producer Erik Rutan to refine the vocal approach in both pronunciation and consistency. Those lessons weren't forgotten, and are a continued focus here. Dieffenbach says that "Everything musically on this album has moved beyond the barriers of what I've been a part of before, and gives this river its definable flow, unlike anything we have ever written before, and I am absolutely beyond stoked."

The seasonal concept that began with spring on "The Conscious Seed of Light" continues, of course, with "Monarchy", as it welcomes the oppressive heat of summer. The story takes place millions of years after the events in "The Conscious Seed of Light". Adam Biggs, who also serves as the band's primary lyricist, explains: "The Earth has been transformed into a vast desert wasteland, where after aeons of lifelessness, new beings begin to take shape and begin their journey as shepherds of the planet. But after a while, a class system forms from a sun-worshiping religious dictatorship, and these beings start to lose their way. Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet."
Enterprise Earth
Enterprise Earth
A punishing technical deathcore outfit based out of Spokane, Washington, Enterprise Earth was founded in 2014 by ex-Infant Annihilator vocalist Dan Watson and ex-Takeover guitarist BJ Sampson. Taking their name from a confluence of Illuminati and other conspiracy theories, the band issued their debut EP, XXIII, shortly after forming. They released their debut album Patient Ø in 2015. Which featured guest appearances from Oceano vocalist Adam Warren -- the LP reached number five on Billboard's Heatseekers/Top New Artist Chart. Their latest album Embodiment was mixed and mastered by Buster Douglas Odeholm and came out in the Spring of 2017. Enterprise Earth has toured with Chelsea Grin, Whitechapel, Within The Ruins, Winds of Plague, Summer Slaughter 2016 and continue to make their mark in the metal/deathcore world.
Sanction
Sanction
Metal/Hardcore band from Long Island NY
Skysia
Skysia
Djentcore/Metal band based out of Tulsa, OK
Venue Information:
The Vanguard
222 North Main Street
Tulsa, OK, 74103
http://www.thevanguardtulsa.com