Texas death metal outfit CREEPING DEATH will unleash their long-awaited new full-length, “Boundless Domain,” on June 16th via MNRK Heavy, today revealing the record’s track listing, cover art, first single, and preorders.
CREEPING DEATH is on a quick and furious ascent from the underground. The Texas death metal crew repeatedly delivers a relentless bludgeoning summoned from the furthest reaches of the genre’s past, present, and future. A triumphant celebration of the style itself, the Lone Star State five-some whips up gruesome riffage and Southern grooves with an improbable cathartic glee.
As Revolver Magazine observed, CREEPING DEATH “assemble hulking riffs, screaming guitar solos, and ghastly vocal lows, and play them with the urgent momentum of a sterling hardcore band.” The band’s formula hits perfection with the brilliant “Boundless Domain,” a sophomore slab of spectacular weight, dimension, and might. Produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (As I Lay Dying, The Acacia Strain, Underoath), “Boundless Domain” is a certified ripper, top to bottom.
“We’ve never sounded better,” guitarist Trey Pemberton shares enthusiastically. “We love the people we’ve recorded with before, but we’ve never had anybody challenge and push us as Adam did.”
In the wake of the passing of local heroes Riley Gale of Power Trip and Wade Allison of Iron Age, the band — Pemberton, singer Reese Alavi, bassist Eric “Rico” Mejia, drummer Lincoln Mullins, and guitarist A.J. Ross, III — found themselves digging back into some of their metallic hardcore favorites. “We made it a point to bring in more influences from hardcore bands we came up loving, especially Texas hardcore,” Pemberton explains. “There’s a lot of Mammoth Grinder, Iron Age, and Power Trip influence. Having Riley and Wade pass so close to one another left a huge hole in the scene. We all went on a kick of listening to the Texas stuff for a while, and it definitely seeped into our writing.”
“Boundless Domain” boasts future death metal classics like the super heavy, fast, and groovy “Intestinal Wrap,” which features George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher of Cannibal Corpse. “Vitrified Earth” showcases CREEPING DEATH‘s increasing skills at song-craft, most evident with the cadence and phrasing of Alavi‘s vocals while never neglecting the sick riffs. Toward the album’s end, there’s even a bit of a spaced-out atmosphere, with guitar effects, harmonies, and heady time signatures.
Today, the band is pleased to unveil the record’s first single, the aforementioned “Intestinal Wrap.” Comments Pemberton of the track, “We feel like we collectively stepped up our performances on this record. Working with Adam was a blast and we’re all proud of how “Boundless Domain” turned out. See you on the road!”
“Boundless Domain” track-listing:
1. Boundless Domain
2. Intestinal Wrap (Ft. Corpsegrinder)
3. Vitrified Earth
4. The Parthian Shot
5. Creators Turned Into Prey
7. Remnants Of The Old Gods
9. The Common Breed
Early into the band’s career, MetalSucks encouraged headbangers everywhere to “get your old school death metal fix with new school band CREEPING DEATH.” Naturally, the crushing brutality akin to Gorguts, Grave, Blood Red Throne, and similarly legendary bands remains part of their foundation.”
Originally hailing from Denton, Texas, and now situated in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, CREEPING DEATH summons a vibrant sound that is somehow both familiar and fresh. Their initial outburst, 2016’s three-song “Sacrament Of Death,” introduced them to death and thrash metal audiences, followed two years later by the “Specter Of War” EP. By the time they unleashed 2019’s “Wretched Illusions” album, Kerrang! hailed CREEPING DEATH as “an underground juggernaut” that “channels all the raddest aspects of metal without getting shoehorned into any clichés.” 2021’s “The Edge Of Existence” EP further demonstrated the power, fury, and revelry at the heart of their identity.
Tours with High On Fire, The Acacia Strain, Rotting Out, Terror, and The Warriors spread the CREEPING DEATH message. Crowds succumbed to the group’s combination of endlessly catchy riffage, precise percussion, and storytelling lyrics. Early 2023 saw CREEPING DEATH travel overseas to the UK and Europe with Revocation and Goatwh**e. A US trek supporting Carcass, Municipal Waste, and Sacred Reich is on the books. The journey kicks off on March 31st in Santa Ana, California and winds its way through two dozen cities, closing on April 30th in Los Angeles, California. See all confirmed dates below.
CREEPING DEATH w/ Carcass, Municipal Waste, Sacred Reich:
3/31/2023 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
4/01/2023 The Nile – Mesa, AZ
4/03/2023 The Mohawk – Austin, TX
4/04/2023 Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
4/05/2023 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
4/07/2023 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/08/2023 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
4/11/2023 The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
4/12/2023 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
4/13/2023 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
4/14/2023 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/15/2023 Corona – Montreal, QC
4/16/2023 Phoenix – Toronto, ON
4/18/2023 Metro – Chicago, IL
4/19/2023 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
4/20/2023 The Granada – Lawrence, KS
4/21/2023 The Gothic – Denver, CO
4/22/2023 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
4/24/2023 The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
4/25/2023 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
4/26/2023 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
4/28/2023 The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
4/29/2023 The Observatory – San Diego, CA
4/30/2023 The Belasco – Los Angeles, CA