Invisible Oranges is hosting an exclusive stream of Deadly Intrusions, the shredding debut album from Quebec black/thrash metal duo SKUMSTRIKE, ahead of its release this Friday through Polish extreme metal practitioners Selfmadegod Records.
SKUMSTRIKE’s Deadly Intrusions combines rapid-fire thrash with the heft of early Celtic Frost and moon-worshiping abandon of Darkthrone. A crackling vein of high-voltage hardcore punk runs through the record, perfectly portrayed with a reckless cover of Poison Idea’s “Nothing is Final,” while the wild spirit of Japanese acts ranging from Sabbat to GISM animate the unhinged vocals.
Recorded and Mixed July-August 2021 in Montreal by Pat McDowall and mastered by Enormous Door, Deadly Intrusions is completed with cover artwork by renowned Indonesian artist Ibay Arifin.
“Deadly Intrusions represents two years of pent-up aggression and monochromatic violence,” the band states. “Drawing from the band’s deep well of obsession for ‘80s thrash, d-beat, and proto-black metal, it’s a representation of how SKUMSTRIKE has grown as an entity. It’s both more pointed and focused on delivering a more rapid attack that’s feral and base of instinct, but with a bloodsplatter that’s more representative of the members’ own tastes and fixations. Congealed with the band’s most cutting studio production yet, it’s a dripping cross-section of metalpunk.”
Invisible Oranges writes, “Brimming with unbridled aggression, SKUMSTRIKE‘s debut album is pure momentum: Deadly Intrusions never stops moving and never lets up on its unhinged black/thrash, punk-laced assault. Though the Quebec-based duo inject their monstrous creation with a heap of memorable riffs and inventive hooks, none of that gets in the way of the album’s violent charge… there’s never a single hint of hesitation to interrupt this feast of madcap, sleaze-ridden thrash.”
Unload SKUMSTRIKE’s Deadly Intrusions at maximum volume first through Invisible Oranges now at THIS LOCATION.
Deadly Intrusions will see release on CD and digital formats this Friday, April 8th. Find preorders at Selfmadegod’s webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE. US-based Caligari Records has preorders up for the cassette version HERE.
With JK of Spectral Wound and Profane Order handling bass assaults, SKUMSTRIKE plans a vengeful return to the live stage in 2022. Watch for updates to post in the weeks ahead.
Formed in the icy depths of Montreal in the Winter of 2017, SKUMSTRIKE seeks an unholy union between the raging punk of that city and the glowing-red aggression of ancient thrash and first-wave black metal. With LA (Profane Order) on strings and ZS (Serpent Corpse, Xanadoo) on vocals/ceaseless battery, the band issued their Demo 2017 in their first year, followed by 2018’s nascent Pure Coercion EP, which first showcased the cadre’s hideous melding of pounding hardcore with the primal madness of early Voivod and ‘80s Germanic steel. Spilling early blood on the stage with acts like Outre Tombe, Occult Burial, Devil Master, Profane Order, Saccage, Enforced, High Command, and Napalm Raid, the group took a leap forward in 2020 with their Caligari Records debut, the Execution Void EP, while ramping up live shows around Eastern Canada.
Hailed as “a seamless hybrid of D-beat and black metal” by Metal Injection, that release paved the way for an East Coast tour of the US, with dates alongside fellow Quebec filth-merchants Sedimentum, only to be denied by the arrival of the pandemic and the slamming shut of the northern frontier. Regrouping the following Summer, LA and ZS poured all their spite and love for blackened speed punk into SKUMSTRIKE‘s most acidic material yet. Having previously shared the stage with Canadian black metal horde Spectral Wound, the group chose to record their debut full-length, Deadly Intrusions, with Spectral Wound guitarist Pat McDowell in August 2021. What issued forth is a venomous tale of mental degradation.