[photo by Dante Torrieri]
Philadelphia’s unchained grind trio, DIE CHOKING, will release their third recording and very first full-length with III this October through Earsplit’s label faction, The Compound Recs, and the first single from the record has been leaked through an exclusive Cvlt Nation-hosted premiere of “Death’s Waveform.”
With an already unfuckwithable track record built through their self-titled debut and subsequent II 7” releases and their insatiable need to play their tunes at maximum speed in the live setting as often as possible, DIE CHOKING — featuring ex and current members of Total Fucking Destruction, Cop problem, and Burden — is about to take things to the next level with their debut full-length. All in all, III is one of the heaviest grindcore albums ever conceived. Written during the shitty Northeastern Winter months, it is an album stripped of overproduction, performed with devastating efficiency, and dripping with a foul aggression that is frequently absent in today’s extreme music landscape. III was recorded, engineered, and mixed by Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Cop Problem) at Studio 4 and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Baptists, From Ashes Rise, Nails). There are no samples, no triggers. The band simply drilled the takes until they hit it.
Issues founding bassist/vocalist Paul Herzog quote on the upcoming album, “DIE CHOKING’s forthcoming album III is a dastardly Americanized reinterpretation of Plato’s allegory of the cave. It is a dense work and presents a politicized metaphysical cycle: origin, liberation, corruption, falter, violent degradation, decay, and rebirth. III is a brutal reference to both ancient and modern interpretations of existence, morality, and politics. This album is a short, simple and a delightfully entropic vision. It presents a nihilistic emergence from ignorance that is met not by a joyous embrace of eternal knowledge but is heralded by a vision of an eternal, ever-stretching graveyard. It is here that coffin after coffin and grave upon grave stretches into the forever.”
More than two months before its official release, DIE CHOKING issues the first single of the monolithic III’s third track, “Death’s Waveform,” through an exclusive premiere at Cvlt Nation. In less than a minute-and-a-half, the trio dispatches some of the most angular and jagged riffage and pummeling percussive execution one can envision.
Endure the rapid deployment of DIE CHOKING’s “Death’s Waveform” at Cvlt Nation AT THIS LOCATION.
The previously-released video trailer from the III recording sessions is also viewable HERE.
As with their prior duo of 7” releases, Earsplit-forged DIY label The Compound Recs will release III directly in conjunction with the band. The digital will see release on October 8th, and the vinyl will ship the week of October 23rd. The vinyl is being pressed in a run of 500 copies on 180-gram wax in three crazy blue color variants in juxtaposition with the cover art designed by DIE CHOKING guitarist Jeffrey V Daniels — 200 on Blues Of The Mighty Haze, 200 on Blue & Bone Splatter Milky Clear, and 100 A Side / B Side black base with 2 blue Splatter, exclusive to The Compound.
Preorders for the Blues Of The Mighty Haze and Blue & Bone Splatter Milky Clear versions are available via DIE CHOKING right HERE and the limited A Side / B Side black base with 2 blue Splatter edition via The Compound HERE. Digital preorders will be made available in the very near, bleak future.
DIE CHOKING continues their ongoing live rampage — a killing spree which has not ceased since the band’s inception — with a plethora of new shows confirmed through the coming months straight through the release of III. Highlights of the incoming mayhem include a headlining show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on July 29th, a support slot for the legendary Catharsis in Philly on August 7th, a set at Riotous Outburst Fall-Fest 4 in Providence on September 24th, and the band’s first West Coast US tour which is coming together for October. DIE CHOKING is also plotting their first invasion of Europe for February 2016 which will be announced shortly.
DIE CHOKING Tour Dates:
7/29/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Blank, Sangharsha, Ides, Hounds
8/07/2015 Vox Populi – Philadelphia, PA w/ Catharsis, Die Young, Future/Primitive
8/28/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w /Grin And Bear It
8/29/2015 Bourbon St. Café – Columbus, OH @ FOR THE PETS II: Pets Without Parents Fundraiser
9/24/2015 AS220 – Providence, RI @ Riotous Outburst Fall-Fest 4: Day 1 w/ Grizzlor, Aneurysm, Cross Armed, Calculator
10/22/2015 Bremen Café – Milwaukee, WI w/ No Brainer
10/23/2015 TBA – Minneapolis, MN
10/24/2015 The Mutiny – Denver, CO
10/25/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
10/26/2015 The Doghaus – Spokane, WA
10/27/2015 TBA – Portland, OR
10/28/2015 TBA – Oakland, CA
10/29/2015 Perez – Los Angeles, CA
10/31/2015 TBA – Kansas City, MO
11/01/2015 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
III Track Listing:
- Death’s Waveform
- Bastard Of Hyperion
- The Prince Of Population
- Leave It To Them
- Shake My Hand, Bow Down & Die
- Dead Figurehead
- Entropy Shrine
- Back To Halcyon