Matt Harvey and his fellow Death-worshipers in Gruesome return this June with their sophomore release, entitled Twisted Prayers. It only takes one look at the cover to see where they are coming from on this album.
While Savage Land was fueled by Death‘s 1988 release, Leprosy, Twisted Prayers is an homage to 1990’s Spiritual Healing. The album features cover art by the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre, etc,) and Death guitarist James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Testament) joined the band for a pair of guitar solos.
Gruesome have now released the first single from the album, “A Waste of Life.” Comments vocalist/guitarist Harvey:
“A Waste Of Life” was a great opportunity to channel [Death‘s] Chuck [Schuldiner] and vent some frustration in a constructive way – through making some good ol’ fashioned death metal. It’s great to move forward in the Death catalog and get some new ground to cover. As much fun as we had working with the raw and nasty stuff on Savage Land and Dimensions Of Horror, it’s great to challenge ourselves musically and thematically just like Chuck, James, Terry [Butler], and Bill [Andrews] did on Spiritual Healing. Hopefully we do those guys justice and everyone has as much fun listening to the track as we did creating it.
Gruesome will also hit the road for a European tour. Catch them if you can!
7/19/2018 Obscene Extreme 2018 – Trutnov, CZ
7/20/2018 Hydrozagadk – Warzawa, PL
7/21/2018 Red & Black – Chorzow, PL
7/22/2018 Modra Vopice – Prague, CZ
7/23/2018 Free & Easy Festival – Munich, DE
7/24/2018 Durer Kert – Budapest, HU
7/25/2018 Metaldays – Tolmin, SL
7/26/2018 Viper Room – Wien, AT
7/27/2018 Master Of The Unicorn – Ernsthausen, DE
7/28/2018 Stonehenge Festival – Steenwijk, NL
7/29/2018 Bastard Club – Osnabruck, DE
7/30/2018 Immerhin – Wurzburg, DE
7/31/2018 Nomansland – Volmerange-les-mines, FR
8/01/2018 7er Club – Mannheim, DE
8/02/2018 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
8/03/2018 Klubb Dissonans – Jonkoping, SE
8/04/2018 The Crypt – Linkoping, SE
8/05/2018 Underwerket – Valby/Copenhagen, DK
8/07/2018 Chemiefabrik – Desden, DE
8/08/2018 Musik und Frieden – Berlin, DE
8/09/2018 Partysan Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
8/10/2018 Das Bett – Frankfurt, DE
8/11/2018 Helvete – Oberhausen, DE
8/12/2018 Alcatraz Open Air – Kortrijk, BE
Gruesome‘s Twisted Prayers will drop June 1 via Relapse Records. Watch the video below and pre-order the album here!