Phoenix-based death metal band Vehemence may not be the most well known metal band from Arizona (that honor likely goes to Job For A Cowboy), but they are legendary in that particular scene. After releaseing their debut album The Thoughts From Which I Hide independently in 2000, they signed to Metal Blade Records in in 2002 and released two more killer death metal albums through them. They enjoyed moderate success from their 2004 album Helping the World to See, but disbanded shortly after.
The band reunited a couple years later in 2007, and now, eight years later, Vehemence have announced a brand new album, their first in over a decade. The album is entitled Forward Without Motion, and it's set for a Fall release via Battleground Records. Guitarist and founding member Bjorn Dannov comments on the forthcoming effort:
"I really believe this is our strongest album to date. With our previous albums, we were so inexperienced in the studio so I was never really happy with the final product, production-wise. This album I feel represents the songs well. We wanted to capture a tight performance, but not overly produced and sound replaced like a lot of modern metal albums. We still wanted to maintain an organic element to the sound, which I believe we achieved."
Fans of Vehemence ought to be stoked on hearing this new album, and I myself am intrigued. If you've never heard the crushing sounds of Vehemence before, take a listen to "By Your Bedside," the opening track from Helping the World to See, below.