Ingested // The Sophie Lancaster Stage // BOA22 // Saturday August 13th
Founded in 2006 by Sean Hynes, Sam Yates, Jason Evans, Brad Fuller & Lyn Jeffs INGESTED made their debut into the underground metal scene via Grindethic Records split CD release “North-West Slam Fest” featuring fellow British death metal bands Crepitation & Kastrated. Influenced by incarnations of brutal death metal from the ‘90s and early ‘00s and inspired by the works of Devourment, Suffocation & Dying Fetus, the band’s music was resplendent in its raw & aggressive gutturals, groove-laden guitar work, blistering drums, and slamming hooks. In 2009, the band recorded their full-length debut, “Surpassing The Boundaries Of Human Suffering” released via British label Siege Of Amida Records (SOAR) to enthusiastic acclaim in the underground brutal death metal scene. With cover art created by Japanese artist Toshihiro Egawa it became an iconic visual piece as well as an important album sonically within the slam death metal and deathcore scenes.
While the band’s reputation gained momentum throughout the United Kingdom, INGESTED focused their energies on beginning their touring career opening on the Bonecrusher Fest European Tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, 3 Inches Of Blood, Necrophobic, Carnifex, The Faceless and Obscura.
2 years later the quintet began recording their sophomore album “The Surreption” released via Siege Of Amida/Candlelight Records USA and featuring a guest appearance from Alex Erian of Despised Icon. After a pause in the bands touring cycle, INGESTED returned in 2013 with the self-released EP “Revered By No-one Feared By All”, hand numbered and limited to 500 physical copies, it re-ignited the flame amongst the underground death metal community and became one of the most sought after and essential releases in their catalogue. Their third full-length album (released by Century Media Records after their acquisition of SOAR), “The Architect Of Extinction” was mixed and mastered by Christian Donaldson of Cryptopsy at Canadian studio The Grid in Montreal, Quebec. After its release, it marked the bands significant international breakthrough by securing two North American tours in the space of 12 months, the first in 2015 on the Devastation On The Nation Tour supporting Origin, Krisiun, Aeon, Alterbeast & Soreption, followed by arguably the greatest death metal line up of all time when INGESTED embarked on Summer Slaughter Tour in 2016 with Cannibal Corpse, Nile, After The Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter To Prevail & Enterprise Earth. This breakthrough year also cemented the band as British death metal heavyweights becoming one of the very few successful extreme metal exports from the island in recent memory. As INGESTED moved through a decade since its inception with their original line-up still intact, it was becoming apparent that the self-proclaimed Kings of Slam were here to stay.
Towards the end of 2017, INGESTED entered the studio to record their 4thfulllength and critically acclaimed album “The Level Above Human” which was released in Spring 2018 via Unique Leader Records and debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, #30 on the Independent Albums chart, #16 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, and #135 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. The release coincided with the bands most intense touring schedule to date playing 157 shows during the year across the UK, Europe, North America & Central America landing support slots with Crowbar, The Black Dahlia Murder, Aborted, Psycroptic, Cryptopsy, Origin & Misery Index, among many headline shows and spots on festivals such as Metal Days in Slovenia, Brutal Assault in Czech Republic, Rockstadt in Romania, Bloodstock Festival in England, Motocultor Festival in France & Deathfeast Open Air in Germany.During their busy touring cycle of 2018, INGESTED continued to write new material and followed up “The Level Above Human” with 4-track EP “Call Of The Void” which was recorded in January 2019 at Kimera Recordings with engineer & producer Nico Beninato of Kimera Recordings in Palma De Mallorca, Spain and mixed and mastered by now good friend Christian Donaldson. The five piece continued to promote both releases touring throughout 2019 in the UK with The Black Dahlia Murder, in Europe with Cryptopsy and in North America with Despised Icon & Suffocation along with playing summer festivals such as Summer Breeze Open Air in Germany.2019 commemorated the 10-year Anniversary of debut album “Surpassing The Boundaries Of Human Suffering” where INGESTED reinforced their title as the Kings of Slam by playing the album in its entirety, selling out shows across Europe and the UK with support from Unique Leader comrades Within Destruction, Signs Of The Swarm and Distant, making the “Decade Of Human Suffering Tour” the most successful Slam Death Metal tour of all time.2020 followed positively with Parts II & III of the “Decade Of Human Suffering” tours across Eastern Europe & Russia and North America in January & February before embarking on the Faces of Death European Tour in March with Decapitated, Beyond Creation, Lorna Shore & Viscera. A week into the tour and the world in freefall due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the tour was cancelled after the 7thshow in London, England. Fortunately for INGESTED they had already recorded their 5thstudio album in December 2019 at Foel Studios, Wales, engineered by Nico Beninato and had mixed and mastered the record with Christian Donaldson in January 2020.During the time the globe was put on hold due to the pandemic, INGESTED took the difficult decision to delay the release of their next offering to August2020, giving the world time to wake up again before delivering their career defining 5thalbum Where Only Gods May Tread. Featuring artwork from legend of the Death
Metal visual world, Dan Seagrave and guest appearances from Kirk Windstein of Crowbar, Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain & Matt Honeycutt of Kublai Khan, INGESTED once again hit the Billboard charts debuting at #4 on Current Hard Music Albums, #10 Top New Artist Albums, #26 Current Rock Albums & #139 on Billboards Top Albums while also charting at #15 on UK Rock & Metal Albums & #50 UK Independent Albums. With no touring in sight to promote the album, INGESTED took the opportunity to deliver a one-off Live Stream Event performing an hour long set of material across their catalogue at the prestigious Manchester Academy on Halloween 31stOctober 2020 which was broadcast globally to critical acclaim. Using the downtime to their advantage and with their 15-year anniversary looming in 2021, INGESTED decided to acquire the talents of Nico Beninato to remix and remaster their very first recordings from 2006 that were featured on the “North-West Slam Fest”split CD and release the EP entitled “Stinking Cesspool of Liquefied Human Remants” exclusively on 10” vinyl with modernized artwork from Shindy Design (Call of the Void). That wasn’t the only anniversary they were celebrating in 2021 though, it was also the 10-year anniversary of their sophomore album “The Surreption” originally released in 2011, after the band tried for many months to obtain the original recordings for a remix, multiple studios from the time of recording had lost the files. Instead of giving up on the idea, INGESTED made the bold move to completely re-record the album and catapult it into the modern era of their ever-expanding catalogue. Recorded, mixed & mastered by Nico Beninato, and artwork handled by original Surreption artist Colin Marks, the album came with its first ever music video (Manifesting Obscenity) and its first pressing on phonograph. Released in July 2021, this became the bands final release on Unique Leader Records after 3 full-length albums, 2 remasters and 1 EP since signing in 2016, it was time for INGESTED to embark on an exciting new era. Now 15years into their career, with original members Sean Hynes, Jason Evans & Lyn Jeffs, INGESTED made the exciting move to sign a new long-term deal with METAL BLADE RECORDS. Vocalist Jason Evans adds: “Metal Blade Records is a legendary label, with a roster of legendary artists and we arevery proud to say that INGESTED will now stand amongst them. We’re super excited about this next step in our journey and can’t wait to bring you more music, more videos and more shows, worldwide. Here comes the Metal Blade era of Ingested!”