Stare Into Death And Be Still, the stunning sixth full-length from New Zealand-based death metal trio ULCERATE, is out TODAY via Debemur Morti Productions.
The deepest, purest, and most meticulous form of ULCERATE, the critically adored Stare Into Death And Be Still is a soul-searching conflagration of atypical melodicism, immaculate virtuosic dexterity, and sublimated psychological upheaval. A breathtaking new beginning for one of the most uniquely talented bands in extreme music.
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With Stare Into Death And Be Still, ULCERATE’s signature, ultra-atmospheric fusion of unorthodox death metal with the textures of futurist black metal is here pared down with the consummate hand of experience, giving stunning credence to the riff, the song, and the meaning. Thematically, the album draws upon recent personal experience to confront the truism that death and tragedy aren’t always sudden or violent; that people are often passive observers trapped, “in the silent horror of observing death calmly and cleanly.”
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“… Michael Hoggard’s guitars billow like noxious clouds, as bassist-vocalist Paul Kelland roars ominously over the top, and drummer Jamie Saint Merat expertly juggles crushing density and lean groove… the way the guitars and drums dance around one another makes it feel like time is warping… one of its grandest, most unsettling tracks to date…” — Rolling Stone on Stare Into Death And Be Still’s title track
“Over twenty years and five albums… ULCERATE have spearheaded a singular sound and vision: seasick and disharmonic, chaotic and otherworldly, Lovecraftian in its cosmic horror. The group’s latest LP continues ULCERATE’s fearless exploration of atmosphere and aggression while, thematically, delving into the concept of ‘death reverence.’” — Revolver
“The title track for ULCERATE’s Stare Into Death And Be Still is atonal death metal at its very best. With riffs as big as Everything Is Fire, ‘Stare Into Death And Be Still’ is a perfect representation of what fans can expect from the full album — existential terror through brutal slogging and immeasurable dissonance.” — Loudwire’s 2020’s Best Metal Songs (So Far)
“…their unique blend of death, black, sludge, and atmosphere sounds as killer as ever.” — Invisible Oranges
“…one of the best albums of the year…” — Metal Injection
“…a churning cauldron of hopelessness and dread.” — Cvlt Nation
“…a masterpiece of extremity. From the cacophonous and dissonant musical vortex to passages where the band’s flirtations with doom-driven tones are allowed to shine, this album is a living, breathing monster, showing ULCERATE at their creative zenith… the strongest album the band have created and is one of the strongest albums to grace extreme metal this year.” — Distorted Sound
“Stare Into Death And Be Still may in fact be ULCERATE’s strongest release to date. They’ve achieved an incredible level of balance, and the attention to detail creates a series of moments throughout the album that are nothing less than awe-inspiring. They’ve all but perfected a way to make their oppressive, dissonant sound into something that has just the right amount of comfort and resolution – even if the atmosphere is as if the listener was about to take their first step into a chilling, unknown void below.” — Dead Rhetoric
“What really makes this album stand out, not just from the band’s peers but from the rest of their own immensely impressive (and impressively immense) back catalog, is the way in which it takes the group’s instantly recognizable brand of dark, discordant extremity and melds it with a newfound (or, at least, newly-invigorated) sense of atmosphere and, dare I say, melody…. A true classic in the making and a(nother) watershed moment in the band’s career.” — No Clean Singing
“…an extravagant and expressive death metal record that furthers ULCERATE’s position as leaders in the genre.” — Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“…a relentless torrent of darkness that spreads like wildfire.” — Everything Is Noise
“ULCERATE has created another cosmic death metal masterpiece and one of the essential albums of 2020.” — Metal Temple
“…a colossal thing that is at times oppressive, at times cathartic, and at times incomprehensible. Yet the moments of clarity that dispel its suffocating pall may provide entry into the band’s hopeless canon for those previously repelled. Whether drawn to the source of the smoke for the first time today or more than a decade ago, you owe it to yourself to witness the latest flare from ULCERATE’s all-consuming flame.” — Angry Metal Guy
“…a special record; one that defines a turning point in the band’s career. This represents a more mature group of artists creating something with staying power that has allowed them to show off all the musical ground they know how to cover up to this point. — Moshpit Nation
“…the greatest death metal band of the 21st century.” — The Sludgelord
“With an increased level of melody and dynamics, ULCERATE has truly captured something special with Stare Into Death And Be Still. The album is a beautiful, meditative, and introspective exploration of death that brings out new dimensions and emotions from the band.” — Metal Wani
“ULCERATE are once again showing that down in their core lies the craftsmanship that is impenetrable and uncompromising. Clearly masters of their craft, and dexterous enough to slip between styles like shadows in the night, ULCERATE’s upcoming album is a worthwhile exploration of extreme metal with a more atmospheric approach.” — Sonic Perspectives