If we're not all killed by the coronavirus outbreak, we will certainly be pummeled to death by the sheer brute force that is Plague's debut album.
Heavily influenced by death metal's early American origins, these Greek tyrants released one EP in 2004 before taking the time to craft the gem that is Portrait of Mind, releasing Feb. 14 via Redefining Darkness Records in the U.S. and Nuclear Winter Records in Europe.
Fun fact: Both labels are owned by metal musicians. Former Abigail Williams bassist Thomas Haywood operates Redefining Darkness Records, and Dead Congregation's frontman A.V. operates Nuclear Winter Records.
Recorded, mixed and co-produced by Matrix Studios in the band's hometown of Athens, Portrait of Mind is nearly 40-minutes of bludgeoning old-school death metal in the vein of early Death and Skeletal Remains.
Renowned artist Paolo Girardi (Inquisition, Power Trip) illustrated the album's insane cover art, which depicts the Italian artist's eerie sense of death and the macabre.
In anticipation of Plague's pummeling death metal debut, destroy your eardrums and listen to the first single "Intersphere" below: