ANTAGONY Reforms With Original Lineup, Announces First New Album In 10 Years
Antagony, the band credited with creating deathcore way back 20 years ago, has returned! Antagony will release their first record since 2009 titled Ashes on May 24 and we're premiering the debut single "End Of The Circle" right now. Ashes consists of songs written between 1998 and 2000 that were never properly recorded or released. So Antagony, now back to their original 1999 lineup, re-learned the tracks and re-recorded them.
Antagony is guitarist and vocalist Nick Vasallo (Oblivion), guitarist Ben Orum (All Shall Perish, Oblivion), vocalist Carlos Saldana (Connoisseur), bassist Bray Almini (ex-Suffokate) and drummer Luis Martinez (Oblivion, ex-The Zenith Passage). Here's what Vasallo had to say about the release.
"These songs are 20+ years old. Written in our bedrooms and garages. We were so young…so there is a raw and fresh energy within these songs. Antagony wasn't trying to fit in a genre; we just wanted to write a sick part that would flow into another sick part. I was just getting into extreme metal so death metal, grindcore, hardcore, doom, slam, and metalcore were all on the same playing field. We recorded and released these songs as demos and EPs from 1998-2000. But they never got the proper production. It always bothered us, like an itch that never got scratched. Relearning and transcribing all these old songs was like sifting through forgotten memories. At the end I decided to write a new song called 'Ashes' to symbolize the reawakening of Antagony."
Antagony plans on rolling out one track per week up to their comeback show on May 25 at the Oakland Metro in Oakland, CA. Ashes was produced by Vasallo and Zack Ohren (Immolation, Machine Head, Brain Drill, etc.). Get tickets for the show here and pre-order Ashes here.