End Reign—the new band featuring Domenic Romeo (Integrity/Pulling Teeth/A389 Recordings), Mike Score (All Out War), Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index), Arthur Legere (Bloodlet) and Sebastian Phillips (Exhumed, Noisem)—will release its debut album, “The Way of All Flesh Is Decay,” on July 14, 2023, via Relapse Records.
The band has shared a music video for the song “Desolate Fog,” which can be seen below.
“This song was written with the intention of being the album opener,” Romeo said. “The whole first part before the vocals come in was inspired by the final scene in ‘Tales from the Crypt’ (1972). The part where the crypt keeper tells his entourage that ‘they are here for allll eternity’ before they fall into the abyss one by one.
“The intro also pays homage to my favorite Overcast song, ‘Begging for Indifference,’ before launching into a death/black metal ride that falls off the track and bursts into flames … only to fall off again and burst into even more flames … oof. I was listening to Mayhem ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’ a lot when I wrote this, it’s pretty evident in some of the riffing. I had to stop though … That record gives me the creeps.”
Recorded over a year at Landmine Studios with Len Carmichael at the helm, “The Way of All Flesh Is Decay” features vocal cameos from Romeo’s longtime collaborator and Integrity bandmate Dwid Hellion, Full of Hell’s Dylan Walker and Ed Ka-Spel from avant-rock fabulons The Legendary Pink Dots.
Score’s lyrics explore the psychological torment of being trapped between opposing realities. “Most of the album, especially songs like ‘The Hunger’ and ‘Death Comes Crawling,’ deal with being caught between two worlds—the living and the dead, heaven and hell, what was and what is to come,” he said.
Physical pre-orders for “The Way of All Flesh Is Decay” are available here. Pre-save the album here.
“The Way of All Flesh Is Decay” track list:
2.Chaos Masked as Order
4.Divine Abysmal End
6.House of Thieves
7.Giving Life to Tragedy
9.When Death Comes Crawling
10.The Night Creeps Upon Me