South Africa’s most brutal export Vulvodynia unleash their new full-length album Mob Justice, comprising of ten tracks of sheer unbridled African brutality.
Exactly 3 years since the release of their previous album, Vulvodynia return with fresh new sounds and lyrical concepts straight out of the depths of the dark continent. Instead of following up on the murder themes of Psychosadistic Designor the alien themes of Finis Omnium Ignorantiam each song is based around the horrors they face in their day to day lives in South Africa.
“It’s already been three years since the release of Psychosadistic Design! Since then it has been a dream come true for us playing multiple tours and festivals abroad, but we’ve always felt that we needed an album that paid homage to the savage motherland we call HOME. We needed an album that hit home for us conceptually. We will leave no stone unturned as we expose you to everything VILE that Africa has to offer from our Drug Epidemics to our Mob Justice Killings to our Corrupt Government! All will be revealed… You will witness the true beast that is AFRICA.” Comments the band.
“I believe this is our best work yet, we really tried to take things to the next level with this album, when it comes to every aspect. It’s also super fun now that we’ve added in guitar solos/techy parts and I get to shred a bit,” Guitarist Kris Xenopoulosexplains more about the new sound. Vocalist Duncan Bentley adds, “We’ve poured our hearts and souls into this record and have made sure not to cage ourselves into one specific genre. This has really allowed us to mature our sound and freshen things up. People will get a better feel of what we can do musically instead of the constant bombardment of ‘Caveman Riffs’ and ‘Gutturals'”
The album was produced by the band with recording duties handled by bassist Chris van der Walt at his very own Tampora Studios, “The recording process was an absolute blast. Each member brought their unique flavour to the songs. The songs have great depth and intensity.” He says. Additional vocals were recorded by drummer Thomas Hughes and additional guitars and solos recorded by Kris Xenopoulos.
“I had tons of fun tracking the vocals for this record! I tried to keep everything as brutal as possible whilst still maintaining my pronunciation and utilising all of my vocal ranges and styles. We’ve brought in a lot of Choruses too, so we hope to see fans screaming the lyrics back to us at shows.” Says Duncan.
With special guest appearances from Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder, Martin Matoušek of Gutalax & Alex Taylor of Malevolence the band have taken things to a whole new level this time around. “When I heard Trevor was singing on the album, I couldn’t believe it. They’re one of my favourite bands and it’s an absolute honour. Mind=Blown” laughs Chris.
No strangers to international extreme metal audiences, the band have notched up some impressive performances at European festivals and tours over the last couple years. Having just finished a successful UK and European tour with Fit For An Autopsy and Venom Prison, there really is no rest for the wicked as they prepare to head off to the US for the first time, then Australia and back to Europe and the UK later this year.
Mob Justice releases on the 30th June 2019 on Lacerated Enemy Records and all digital platforms.
Order the album here
Born Into Filth (Feat. Alex Taylor of Malevolence)
Echoes Of The Motherland
Nyaope (Feat. Martin Matoušek of Gutalax)
Reclaim The Crown Part I: The Burning Kingdom (Feat. Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder)
Reclaim The Crown Part II: Risen From Ash
Vulvodynia kick off their Mob Justice US release tour on the 5th July.
7/5 PHILADELPHIA, PA – VOLTAGE LOUNGE
7/6 MANCHESTER, NH – BUNGALOW
7/7 ROCHESTER, NY- PHOTO CITY IMPROV
7/9 DETROIT, MI – THE SANCTUARY
7/10 CHICAGO, IL- REGGIE’S
7/11 NASHVILLE, TN- THE END
7/12 AUGUSTA, GA- THE EPICENTER
7/13 ORLANDO, FL- SOUNDBAR
7/14 ODESSA, FL – THE REBEL BASE
7/15 JACKSONVILLE, FL – NIGHTHAWKS
7/16 FAYETTEVILLE, NC – DRUNK HORSE PUB
7/17 CHESAPEAKE, VA – RIFFHOUSE PUB
7/18 WASHINGTON, DC – THE PINCH
7/19 BROOKLYN, NY – KINGSLAND
“Looking in a medical textbook will tell you the following: Vulvodynia is a chronic, severe vaginal pain with no identifiable cause. While the severe part is dead on, what a medical textbook won’t tell you is that Vulvodynia is also the pioneer in what is rapidly becoming South Africa’s most eviscerating export.
Slamming Brutal Death Metal. With lobotomizing, lurid riffs, skin-shredding blast beats and slams gruesome and filthy enough to induce septic shock, Vulvodynia are a lethal plague, spreading throughout the flesh of today’s heavy music scene—infecting one set of ears at a time, and leaving no survivors.
Spawned in 2014 by Vocalist Duncan Bentley and Guitarist Luke Haarhoff, Vulvodynia is a South African slam juggernaut designed with one purpose: to make the craziest, most absurdly heavy music possible, while attempting to define themselves as more than just “another slam band.” If their mission was over-the-top heaviness, then consider it accomplished—from their debut release, Lord of Plagues, Vulvodynia’s penchant for skull-splitting technicality and eviscerating heaviness has been obvious. Rapidly gaining popularity and recognition for their prodigal slam prowess, Lord of Plagues saw the band reach ears not just in their local scene, but around the world as well. As the band’s popularity grew, their sound matured, drawing more from a greater array of influences and improving their musicianship and dynamic.
In August 2014 the band signed a two-album contract with Australian Label ‘Vicious Instinct Records’ and added producer Byron Dunwoody in as second guitarist, in October of 2014, the band released their debut full-length album, Cognizant Castigation. Featuring Acrania’s Luke Griffin and Ingested’s Jason Evans (among many others).
If 2014 was the year the band finally grew into their potential, 2015 was the year they shattered their own mould, evolving into an even more aggressive and creative display of no-holds-barred heaviness. The band released a lengthy-but-lurid eight track EP titled Finis Omnium Ignoratium, completing their contact with Vicious Instinct Records. No longer satisfied with their status as a terrifying trio, the band sought to expand—searching South Africa for more like-minded musicians willing to bring forth brutality. Vulvodynia’s search was not in vain.
Since then there has been a couple of line-up changes but the current is as follows: Drummer Thomas Hughes (Fuzigish), Guitarist Kris Xenopoulos (Technopath), Bassist Chris Van Der Walt (Boargazm), Guitarist Luke Haaroff and Vocalist Duncan Bentley. With a full-fledged line-up confirmed, the band made their first moves with a signing to the legendary Czech-based label Lacerated Enemy Records. After signing to LE Records the band released their third studio album ‘Psychosadistic Design’ along with their debut music video for the song ‘Flesh Tailor’, The band then embarked on their first EU Tour in 2017 and went abroad twice more for Deathfeast Open Air (DE) & Fall In The Brawl (UK).
In 2018 The band embarked on another successful tour across Europe with Despised Icon, Malevolence & Archspire, a trip to Obscene Extreme Festival (CZ) and another Headline Tour to the EU. 2019 Nearly three years after the release of Psychosadistic design the band is finally finishing off a new offering, have more euro tours planned and finally a tour to United States — proof that there is no way to predict just how far or how fast Vulvodynia’s sinister infection will spread.”