Red Rot (ex-members of Ephel Duath) share new video for ‘Under Attack’ / Svart Records
EXTREME METAL BAND RED ROT SHARE VIDEO FOR ‘UNDER ATTACK’
Italy’s Red Rot, the new extreme metal band from Luciano Lorusso George and Davide Tiso, formerly of Ephal Duath, recently released their debut album ‘Mal de Vivre’ on Svart Records. It is a relentless opus of technical beauty and bludgeoning grace and now the band have shared latest single ‘Under Attack’ with Davide stating,
“Of the songs we released as singles so far, the one that got more attention is without doubt the thrash influenced “Near Disaster”. We thought to keep the videos and visualizers going, we are having fun with them, so here is “Under Attack”, which was considered somehow linked to “Near Disaster” during the writing phase.
We placed “Under Attack” as sixteenth song in the tracklist, right before the closing instrumental “Peregrin”: this video is also a way to celebrate this weird gem that could be easily under-looked in a such dense album. Enjoy!”
Dubbed after a French expression to describe a sense of profound discontentment, the idea of losing the taste for life, Red Rot’s Mal de Vivre was written, recorded and mixed between October 2020 and May 2021 as the world was reeling in the throes of pandemic. Featuring eclectic drummer Ron Bertrand and bass virtuoso Ian Baker to flesh out their powerhouse of cutting-edge extreme metal, Red Rot are an emerging force to be reckoned with.
The seventeen songs in Mal de Vivre are musically intense, raw and passionate, but with a multi-faceted elegance that envisages Red Rotappealing to fans of radical and heavy music right across the spectrum. Engorged with elements of Death Metal, Doom and Thrash: Mal de Vivresounds like a twisted blend of the roots of early Morbid Angel and Paradise Lost with the experimental discord of Voivod and the hardcore clash and klang of bands like Converge. Lorusso’s lyrics on Mal de Vivre explore themes of mental illness, psychological deviance, rage, gloom and paranoia, all delivered with agonized and emotional conviction.
This festering and gangrenous outbreak erupted into Mal de Vivre which was then mixed and mastered by producer extraordinaire Jamie King at Basement Studio in Salem, North Carolina. Mal de Vivre’s resulting mix sounds abrasive but legible and defined, featuring punishing, heartfelt vocals, burly, relentless low-tuned guitars, pummelling drums and a warm, encompassing bass tone that makes Red Rot a primal but distinctly modern beast.
Clocking in at the perfect 38 minute mark, the songs on Red Rot’s Mal de Vivre alternate between one minute bursts and three minute nightmares resulting in a fervent but cathartic listening experience.
Niklas Sundin’s deviantly surreal artwork adorns the cover of Mal de Vivre, showcasing a stifling and despondent atmosphere.
That Mal de Vivre is such a well developed and conceived debut album should be no surprise to fans of Tiso and Lorusso’s earlier work, but newcomers to Red Rot’s fungal network of dominating putrefaction have oozing spoils to savor once this album drops.
Red Rot’s debut album Mal de Vivre is out now via Svart Records worldwide.