Bandcamp is currently streaming the scorching two-song split between the death bringers Oakland’s SCOLEX and San Jose’s MORTUOUS. Set to drop via the newly-launched Carbonized Records, spearheaded by MORTUOUS drummer Chad Gailey (Necrot), the limited two-song offering saw a official release on October 31st.
SCOLEX‘s riotous ode was recorded by Salvador Raya and Greg Wilkinson (Vastum, Noothgrush, Autopsy) at Earhammer Studios in 2012 and 2017 and mixed by Wilkinson in October 2017. MORTUOUS‘ bruiser was also recorded and mixed by Wilkinson at Earhammer in March 2018. The release was mastered by Dan Randall (Ghoul, Fucked Up) at Mammoth Sound Mastering in May 2018 and comes swathed in the grisly art of Sebastian Mazuera.
Issues the esteemed website of the release, “The riffs drip with slime, the vocals seem to spew from their throats. It’s only fitting the two projects come together to turn someone’s personal space into festering horror. Both bands emphasize quality over quantity in their years. Combined, the two projects have three demos and a full-length. Still, each composition is death metal done in a most sinister way. Of course, that same craft shines on their new split. Each band brings a vicious song in a fusion of some of the genre’s sickest minds.”
SCOLEX was formed in Oakland, California in 2010 by drummer/vocalist Justin Green (Extraction, ex-Population Reduction, ex-Ghoul) and bassist/vocalist Erika Osterhout (Necrosic, Trepanation, ex-Extremity, ex-Lycus). Handling guitar duties themselves with occasional guest appearances from Danny Coralles of Autopsy, the duo recorded four tracks of doomy, punk-influenced death metal in late 2011, and released “Torn From Beyond” as a twelve-inch mini-LP on Osterhout’s own label, Lunar Tomb Records.
MORTUOUS was forged in San Jose, California in 2009 from the ashes of guitarist Colin Tarvin’s previous project Funerealm. Tarvin began writing music in the vein of Incantation, Autopsy, and Viogression with lyrics centered heavily on philosophical views on death and anti-technological themes.