As Seattle, Washington-based blackened death metal quartet Plague Bearer prepares for the Nameless Grave Records release of its debut LP “Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation,” Decibel magazine has delivered the lead single to the monstrous record, premiering “Antichristian Inquisition.”
Born on the wings of pestilence out of a 30-year slumber, Plague Bearer is known primarily as a primitive blackened Satanic brother long-running act Drawn and Quartered. The band has produced a string of underground demos and EPs over the years but never committed to a definitive full-length until now. “Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation” delivers a devastating triple-pronged vocal assault supported by brutal melodic riffing and pummeling drums heralding the end of this pathetic existence.
Guitars, bass and vocals were self-engineered at K.S. Kuciemba’s home studio The Plague Pit, while drums were recorded with Jon Schluckebier at Radioactive Recording. Mixing duties were handled by Andrew Lee (Ripped to Shreds), who contributed a guest solo on “Rise of the Goat,” the album was mastered by Loic Fontaine of Krucyator Productions, and the record was completed with cover art by Thomas Westphal/Necromaniac and layout by Obscure Visions.
“Plague Bearer brings ‘Antichristian Inquisition.’ Goat age death/black metal assault upon all that is holy,” the band said. “Satan chaos commands persecution of the faithful.”
Decibel writes with the song’s debut, “It’s a wretched, unrelenting assault of hellish death metal with sick and twisted vocal utterances and sulfurous guitar pyrotechnics. Not a bad way to introduce/reintroduce the band after so many years.”
Stream Plague Bearer’s “Antichristian Inquisition” here.
“Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation” will be released on LP, CD and digital formats through Nameless Grave Records on March 3, 2023. Pre-orders are available through the label’s webshop here and Bandcamp here.
Plague Bearer in its most primordial form created death metal demos in 1993 and 1994, but lineup changes resulted in a rebranding to Drawn and Quartered in 1996. Nevertheless, guitarist K.S. Kuciemba (Drawn and Quartered, Draghkar, Serpent Rider) was determined to keep the Satanic flame alive, slowly amassing simpler, eviler blackened riffs with partner H (Drawn and Quartered, ex-Vetus Obscurum), releasing a demo in 2001 and EP in 2006 with Nuclear Winter Records. In 2017, K and H reunited with longtime ally T on drums, along with vocalist Nihilist (ex-Abazagorath, ex-Lord Gore, ex-Thy Infernal), to infect the Pacific Northwest with live rituals.