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2014-12-09 15:56:19

CRETIN'S Stranger Out Now!

California's grindcore/death metal misfits Cretin return with their first new material of freakish, extreme metal in over eight years! Learn More
CRETIN'S Stranger Out Now!


2014-12-05 19:34:26

CRETIN: New Album 'Stranger' Now Streaming in Full at No Clean Singing

After eight long, eventful years, San Francisco's most deranged death/grind freaks CRETIN are back with a brand new full-length album, and taste-making metal source No Clean Singing is streaming the whole rabid beast in its entirety! Learn More
CRETIN: New Album 'Stranger' Now Streaming in Full at No Clean Singing


2014-11-20 16:04:17

CRETIN: NPR Debuts "Ghost of Teeth and Hair" from Deathgrind Maniacs

After eight long, eventful years, San Francisco's most deranged death/grind freaks CRETIN are back with a brand new full-length album, and major media portal NPR has just premiered the new song, "Ghost of Teeth and Hair." Learn More
CRETIN: NPR Debuts "Ghost of Teeth and Hair" from Deathgrind Maniacs


2014-10-15 20:28:22

CRETIN: Grind Freaks Announce First New Album in Eight Years; Relapse Now Streaming New Track from 'Stranger'

After eight long, eventful years, San Francisco's most deranged death/grind freaks are back with a brand new full-length album! A perverted homage to the glory days of proto-grind and raw, depraved death metal, Cretin have perfected the lo-fi stylings of Repulsion, Autopsy and early Napalm Death on their highly anticipated sophomore full-length and second Relapse Records release, Stranger. Learn More
CRETIN: Grind Freaks Announce First New Album in Eight Years; Relapse Now Streaming New Track from 'Stranger'


2014-01-23 18:37:05

CRETIN: Enter Studio

Santa Cruz, CA death metal / grindcore misfits CRETIN have entered the studio to begin recording their long-awaited and highly anticipated sophomore release. Due out this Fall via Relapse Records, this will be the quartet's first new material in over 8 years. Learn More
CRETIN: Enter Studio


2010-08-12 15:58:22

CRETIN FINISH RECORDING NEW FULL-LENGTH

CRETIN have completed work on Freakery, their forthcoming Relapse Records full-length.

Freakery is CRETIN's first album effort after a well received 7" Ep (Cretanic Grind Ambush) and was recorded entirely by the band (guitarist Dan Martinez, bassist Matthew Widener and ex-EXHUMED drummer Col Jones) at their Tillinghast Workshop studio.

Bassist Widener comments on the record, "I like to think of this as grindcore that people, anyone, can approach. It's music with no pretenses, humble music, honest. Sure, we wear our influences on our sleeves; we're downright obvious about it. If you don't want to go shirtless, Repulsion, Slayer, and Terrorizer are good influences to wear, I think. It's the exact opposite of all that new wacky avant-grind and art-grind, and the polished, machine-perfect, premeditated, nu-grind." Widener continues, "It's inspiring that we did this all ourselves, total underground old-school DIY-style, and it sounds really damn good."

The final track listing for Freakery is "Tooth and Claw", "Tazer", "Daddy's Little Girl", "Uni-Tit", "Cook the Cupcake", "Cockfight", "Object of Unity", "Creepy Crawlies", "Walking a Midget", "Uncle Percy", "Dirt Eater", "Mannequin", "A Fowl Fetish", "Making Roadkill" (featuring a guest solo by REPULSION guitarist Matt Olivo), "The Yawning God" and "Profane".

The e-card for Freakery, featuring sneak peeks at album art as well as the tracks "Tooth and Claw" and "Walking A Midget", can be accessed at www.Relapse.com/ecards/Cretin.

Freakery is scheduled for an April 18 North American release. The record will be released throughout the rest of the world on April 24th. Learn More
CRETIN FINISH RECORDING NEW FULL-LENGTH


2010-08-12 15:59:00

CRETIN bassist discusses his bands 'unusual' lyrical direction

CRETIN bassist Matt Widener discusses his band's unusual lyrical direction in the new issue of Decibel Magazine and forthcoming Resound Magazine.

"The world of Cretin is a strange, funny, sad and scary place." Widener elaborates; "Our lyrics and themes often combine all of those elements at once, because when you layer and compact things with subtext and emotions, the reader, when unpacking them, interacts with the story, inserts themselves into it. That's a well-known concept in poetry, and I don't think it's any different here. I figured, hey if country music can get away with it, how would a death metal band go about it? Our lyrics are little stories. Inadvertently, we created a weird world stocked with strangely empathetic characters."

Many of the songs deal with the marginalized and misunderstood, so they're really sad,?opines Widener in the April issue of Decibel. It's not enough to have a guy masturbate on department store mannequinsï¾—you have to make him weep when his favorite dummy goes missing; you know, show his pathos, how lonely he is.?

"If a feral child raised in a chicken coop escapes into the forest, I empathize that the little guy [in album opener "Tooth and Claw"] gets scared by the dark and wants to go back to his cage. How tragic."

"Ever try to help someone and just fuck it all up? In "Uncle Percy", poor Percy digs up the family dog after having an Of Mice and Men moment, and wears its pelt to cheer up some kids. Percy is the avatar for failed intentions and monumental screw-ups; but he's also an exemplar of the indomitable human will to do good acts. When Uncle Percy ends up frightening the very people he's trying to cheer up, we're all at once stung with the pathos and tragedy, as well as laughing at the irony. At least I do. But maybe that's what makes me such a cretin."

Widener continues, "We have a song about walking a midget on a leash that's actually a vehicle for friendship and acceptance. This might be the most positive song in death metal. The midget learns to do tricks because he's tired of people cautiously avoiding eye contact. He even has a training montage, and that's exciting to me. I not only identify with that, but I cheer along. Go midget, go!?

Freakery is CRETIN's first full-length effort after a well received 7" EP (Cretanic Grind Ambush). Freakery was recorded entirely by the band (bassist Widener, guitarist Dan Martinez and former-Exhumed drummer Col Jones) at their Tillinghast Workshop studio. The final track listing for Freakery is "Tooth and Claw", "Tazer", "Daddy's Little Girl", "Uni-Tit", "Cook the Cupcake", "Cockfight", "Object of Unity", "Creepy Crawlies", "Walking a Midget", "Uncle Percy", "Dirt Eater", "Mannequin", "A Fowl Fetish", "Making Roadkill", "The Yawning God" and "Profane".

An e-card for Freakery, featuring sneak peeks at the lyrically-inspired album art as well as the tracks "Tooth and Claw" and "Walking A Midget", can be accessed at www.Relapse.com/ecards/Cretin.

Freakery is scheduled for an April 18 North American release. The record will be released throughout the rest of the world on April 24th. Learn More
CRETIN bassist discusses his bands 'unusual' lyrical direction