Montreal based deathcore pioneers, DESPISED ICON, will release their Nuclear Blast debut, Beast, on July 22. The band has released a music video for the track “Bad Vibes”, directed by Jessy Fuchs of Slam Disques(OBEY THE BRAVE, SIMPLE PLAN).
“We’ve often been vocal about the classic death metal bands that have influenced us throughout the years but have rarely discussed the grindcore and hardcore elements in our music,” states vocalist Alex Erian. “Our new single ‘Bad Vibes’ is raw, straight forward and reminiscent of bands like NAPALM DEATH, BRUTAL TRUTH,BIOHAZARD, and MADBALL. The 90’s were a defining decade for us and so we opted for that old school look when putting together this new music video. Beast comes out in a week. Get into it!”
Additionally, fans can stream Beast in its entirety via CBC/Radio-Canada starting this Saturday. The feed will cease at Midnight EDT on Sunday, so make sure you check it out at the following link: http://icimusique.ca/
Beast was produced and engineered by former guitarist Yannick St-Amand (Beneath The Massacre, Neuraxis) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Opeth, Nevermore). Artwork was created by Alexandre Goulet.
For many extreme music fans, it may be hard to remember a time before DESPISED ICON, given the massive influence they’ve subsequently had on the genre. But when the group formed back in 2002 and releasedConsumed by Your Poison the same year, there was little intersection between the sounds of classic death metal and the brute force of hardcore. But DESPISED ICON were among the first to fully embrace the signatures of the traditional death metal formula combined with a relentless embrace of breakdowns, part of an emerging new sound.
Now DESPISED ICON have returned with their upcoming album entitled, Beast. The genre-defining band is fully reawakened, poised to recapture the crown with the monstrous and merciless might of their potent expression. Featuring the men responsible for most of the band’s now classic death metal catalog, Beast is a vicious commentary on the state of the world and the state of music itself.