Florida deathcore practitioners BODYSNATCHER today unleash their brutalizing new video for “Wired For Destruction.” Now playing at BrooklynVegan, the track comes off the band’s impending full-length, Bleed-Abide, set to drop April 22nd via MNRK Heavy.
An epic demonstration of aggression, BODYSNATCHER’s Bleed-Abide puts the “core” back in deathcore. The Melbourne quartet’s third album is unapologetically grim, ferocious, and threatening, crackling with fury and power. It’s a sound born from the burden of struggle and an unwavering commitment to continued survival against all obstacles. Unquestionably their darkest offering to date, Bleed-Abide burns with an intensity derived from a further focus on sonic pummeling and truth-telling narratives.
Elaborates guitarist Kyle Carter of the band’s latest bruiser, “‘Wired For Destruction’ lyrically was inspired by our drummer Chris Whited and expanded on by me. For me, it represents the common fear of being forgotten after death. It also touches on the fear of not having control and doubting every action you take. The name says it all really. Death, sickness, and most fears hold a lot of us back from living our life how we really want to, so we thought it was an important topic to talk about.”
Adds BrooklynVegan, “BODYSNATCHER has no reservations about being called a deathcore band, but if the word makes you shudder, BODYSNATCHER’s version of deathcore might make you change your tune. They’re very in touch with the genre’s hardcore roots, and ragers like ‘Wired For Destruction’ fit nicely next to plenty of today’s hardcore and death metal bands. You don’t need to be nostalgic for the Myspace era to get into this; it rips and feels refreshing for heavy music in general.”
View BODYSNATCHER’s “Wired For Destruction” video at THIS LOCATION.
Bleed-Abide’s thirteen furious tracks were recorded by Chris Whited at 1776 Recordings with drums engineered by Neil Westfall and Bud Phillips at The Unicorn Room, and guitars reamped by Phil Pluskota at Sonic Assault Studio. The record comes cloaked in the cover art of Adam Burke.
Bleed-Abide will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preordering options at THIS LOCATION.
Coinciding with the release of Bleed-Abide, BODYSNATCHER will join Dying Fetus for a month-long Spring tour. The journey runs from April 29th through June 5th. Additional support will be provided by Chelsea Grin, Frozen Soul, and Undeath. See all confirmed dates below.
BODYSNATCHER w/ Dying Fetus, Chelsea Grin, Frozen Soul, Undeath:
4/29/2022 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
4/30/2022 The Canal Club – Richmond, VA
5/01/2022 Hooligans Music Hall – Jacksonville, NC
5/03/2022 The Underground – Charlotte, NC
5/04/2022 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/05/2022 Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL
5/06/2022 Jannus Live – St Petersburg, FL
5/07/2022 Revolution Live – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5/09/2022 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
5/10/2022 Amplified Live – Dallas, TX
5/11/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
5/13/2022 The Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ
5/14/2022 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
5/15/2022 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
5/16/2022 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
5/17/2022 The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
5/18/2022 Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA
5/19/2022 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
5/20/2022 Modified Ghost Festival – Vancouver, BC
5/21/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/23/2022 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
5/24/2022 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
5/25/2022 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
5/26/2022 The Lyric At Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
5/27/2022 Pops – Sauget, IL
5/28/2022 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
5/29/2022 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
5/31/2022 The Opera House – Toronto, Ontario
6/01/2022 Imperial Bell – Quebec City, QC
6/02/2022 Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
6/03/2022 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
6/04/2022 Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
6/05/2022 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
The alligator-filled swamps and burned-out tourist beaches of Florida were fertile ground for death metal when the late/great Chuck Schuldiner took his love of heavy thrash and crushed it into a new subgenre. The Sunshine State gave gruesome birth to genre pioneers like Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary, and Deicide. Morrisound Recording became the site where legendary bands summoned essential albums. Florida claims almost as many crucial hardcore, punk, and powerviolence bands, including Poison The Well, Shai Hulud, Brethren, Assück, and Strongarm.
Kyle Medina (vocals), Kyle Carter (guitar), Kyle Shope (bass), and Chris Whited (drums) embody the hardcore spirit and cut their teeth in the tight-knit community. They are monikered after the nickname of one of history’s most notorious serial killers, Ed Gein, and represented by a triangular symbol steeped in alchemy and the occult. But BODYSNATCHER lyrics owe more to the horrors of domestic strife than the gore of their Florida-based forebearers in Cannibal Corpse.
The inception point came with the purest of intentions. “I was around seventeen,” Medina explains. “We were just going to be a band that was basically a ‘breakdown band’ for my friends to mosh to.” Eventually stabilizing with a lineup that overlapped at various points with beloved groups like King Conquer and Dealey Plaza, BODYSNATCHER released a quick succession of albums and EPs, most notably Abandonment (2015), Death Of Me (2017), and the utterly crushing This Heavy Void (2020). Combined with a blistering live show, this led to a deal with the MNRK Heavy label and the forthcoming Bleed-Abide.
All members contribute to the lyrics, resulting in multiple points of view and diverse insights anchored by common themes of catharsis and resistance, adding further weight to their already crushing hymns. “Absolved Of The Strings And Stone” is a battle cry against the gaslighting and emotional abuse of toxic people. “Hollow Shell”delves into strained familial dynamics, where some family members live as virtual prisoners to others. “Wired For Destruction” confronts death anxiety. Even amidst the uncertainty and darkness however, there’s an underlying positivity to be mined within. “Value Through Suffering” takes a proactive stance on hardship, a way to rebuild from the wreckage.
And while many bands resist genre classification in an aloof effort to distinguish themselves from every other band, inadvertently consigning themselves to talking points that sound like everyone else, BODYSNATCHER is, without apology, a deathcore band. There is no compromise in the cards. “Deathcore kicks ass. A lot of bands shy away from labels they don’t deem ‘cool’ enough. But we don’t give a fuck,” vocalist Kyle Medina says proudly. “We like what we like, and we play what we play. We all love hardcore and metal, so we’re going to play hardcore, play metal, and play breakdowns. And that’s how the band is going to be, forever.”
Kyle Medina – vocals
Kyle Carter – guitar
Kyle Shope – bass
Chris Whited – drums