Multi-state death metal monster GRUESOME was born out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey and drummer Gus Rios’ mutual involvement with the Death To All tours (Harvey served as frontman for the original mini-tour and Rios performed “Baptized in Blood” and worked with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Harvey’s other band Exhumed filled in as support). After discussing and discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on the first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested that the pair write their own songs in intentional homage to Death. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the band soon had five tracks written. With Harvey writing in California, Rios recruited POSSESSED guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and DERKETA bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida, while Harvey tracked his vocals on the West Coast.
GRUESOME released a pair of single-song demos in 2014, and were quickly signed by Relapse Records. The band’s debut full-length Savage Land, a truly gruesome slab of Leprosy-styled death metal, was released in April 2015. As evidenced by the Ed Repka (Death, Vio-lence, Megadeth, Massacre, etc) cover art, GRUESOME were humbly determined to keep the classic sound of DEATH alive as faithfully as possible.
After the very positive reception of their debut from fans and critics alike, GRUESOME continued their homage to the DEATH catalog, promptly sinking their teeth into the savagery of Scream Bloody Gore. Their 2nd release, the Dimensions of Horror EP, was a six-song slab of grisly, bone-breaking anthems that proved that no matter the decade, old-school death metal is always relevant, brutal, and irresistible. The music video for the title track perfectly captured the record’s VHS Horror sensibility and further raised the band’s profile, leading to shows across the US and Europe. The band followed Dimensions… up with a 7” titled Fragments of Psyche, which showcased their versatility. With guest drummer Sean Reinert (Death, Cynic), the band dove head-first into the more technical Human era of DEATH’s sound, which was a sharp contrast to the band’s first two releases, which exclusively revelled in old school g(l)ory.
GRUESOME return in 2018 with their second full-length sermon, Twisted Prayers. Twisted Prayers follows DEATH’s paradigm shift during the Spiritual Healing era. The album incorporates more cerebral, melodic instrumentation with elements of thrash as well as thought-provoking lyrics. The band returned to New Constellation studios in Orlando Florida to work with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Exhumed, 1349, Goatwhore), who has been instrumental in crafting the band’s sonic homage. Cover artist Ed Repka created another classic piece that mirrors his work on the first 3 DEATH albums, and GRUESOME have once again done what they do best: Deliver eight unholy hymns and 40+ minutes of sophisticated old- school brutality. The band even enlisted legendary guitarist James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Testament) for a pair of special guest guitar solos. Bow your heads and worship at the altar of GRUESOME!GRUESOME are: