VASTUM are on the warpath! The Bay Area horde are being praised by old-school death metal fans throughout the underground media in response to their brutalizing debut full-length, Carnal Law, set for release via 20 Buck Spin on May 31.
Continuing to brutalize live audiences with their stripped-down and ultra-pulverizing tonal supremacy, VASTUM have confirmed more live actions throughout the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest over the coming weeks, with more tour plans in the works to be announced shortly.
VASTUM Confirmed Rampages:
5/18/2011 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA w/ Inquisition, Necrite
7/01/2011 The Know - Portland, OR w/ Atriarch, Murderess
7/02/2011 Black Lodge - Seattle, WA w/ Ritual Necromancy, Anhedonist, Countdown to Armageddon
7/03/2011 Saratoga - Portland, OR w/ Knelt Rote, Negative Queen
VASTUM's thunderous, stripped-down attack produces some of the most wretched, dehumanizing, old-school death metal one can find on Carnal Law. Unifying musicians with current or past ties to Saros, Amber Asylum, Hammers of Misfortune, Infest and containing 3/4 of Acephalix' lineup, conceptually, the band's lyrical content explores dark themes of sexuality and psychic disfiguration in a more cerebral context, as one may find in the work of Georges Bataille or psychoanalyst Jean Laplanche. Frustration, pain, pleasure, confusion, depravity, death, life and isolation; the lines are blurred.
"The distinct bass rumble you hear in the heaviest and best-recorded death metal is a constant. When the guitars reach for the high end for squealing leads or mournful melodies, they burrow through the muck and needle into your head. 8/10" - Decibel
"All semi-colourful, self-inflating journalistic metaphor falls by the wayside, leaving sturm und drang clamour and chaos that is Vastum’s core." - Zero Tolerance
"This is real, deeply (and putridly) dense death metal, not the shiny, tech-y breakdown-happy sort... as someone warned me before plopping it on for the first time, grab yourself a neck brace." - Stereogum
"A thick, organic production adds to the music's density, resulting in a crushing slab of darkened death metal. 4/5" - About.com
"Thanks to Vastum and a growing contingent in the primitivist movement, order is being restored with a pile of hacked limbs left behind." - Luminous Deluge
"...a majestically crust-caked call to arms for the fans of the gritty old school death metal atrocity to assemble bright and early on the front lines, ready to do nothing but kill." - Forbidden Magazine