Svart Records lets loose Red Rot’s debut progressive Death Metal album Mal de Vivre on August 26th 2022.
Video for second single “Dysmorphia“, out now:
Italy’s Red Rot is the new extreme metal band of Luciano Lorusso George and Davide Tiso, formerly of Ephal Duath, and their debut Mal de Vivre, is a relentless opus of technical beauty and bludgeoning grace.
Today Svart Records announces the second choice cut off the album, “Dysmorphia“
“Dysmorphia is a song about losing touch with reality and one’s appearance: it felt natural to make a video of a man trapped into his own mind. “Body Dysmorphic Disorder” is a condition that brings an individual to experience episodes where self image is regularly altered because of trauma. The character in the video is getting ready to leave a motel room, the whole ninety seconds of the songs is pretty much a PTSD flashback of what happened the night before, a complete splitting frenzy that eventually implodes once in front of the mirror”, describes Red Rot‘s Davide Tiso, “When I started talking with director Leonardo Candidi and actor Satya Schulberg about the project we started with Apocalypse Now and the Martin Sheen breakdown scene. The symbolism of covering one’s eyes with one’s hands is pictured as an attempt to hide from reality and masks one’s appearance. This is both a child like motion and an ancestral symbol of communication that we thought would embody the inner chaos and quasi break down of the story, and it’s included in a way that people would understand without even realizing it. Musically Dysmorphia summarizes what Red Rot is about: a clash of oblique riffing and pummelling force delivered with urgency and abrasiveness.”
Watch the video for “Dysmorphia” HERE.
Dubbed after a French expression to describe a sense of profound discontentment, the idea of losing the taste for life, Red Rot’s Mal de Vivre was written, recorded and mixed between October 2020 and May 2021 as the world was reeling in the throes of pandemic. Featuring eclectic drummer Ron Bertrand and bass virtuoso Ian Baker to flesh out their powerhouse of cutting-edge extreme metal, Red Rot are an emerging force to be reckoned with.
The seventeen songs in Mal de Vivre are musically intense, raw and passionate, but with a multi-faceted elegance that envisages Red Rot appealing to fans of radical and heavy music right across the spectrum. Engorged with elements of Death Metal, Doom and Thrash: Mal de Vivre sounds like a twisted blend of the roots of early Morbid Angel and Paradise Lost with the experimental discord of Voivod and the hardcore clash and klang of bands like Converge. Lorusso’s lyrics on Mal de Vivre explore themes of mental illness, psychological deviance, rage, gloom and paranoia, all delivered with agonized and emotional conviction. Davide Tiso further illustrates their themes and origins in his concept for Red Rot by explaining:
“When it was time to give a name to the music coming up, I thought about two elements: something sulphuric, malignant in its essence, combined with the idea of rot.
I found out that the Red Rot present in the vegetable tanned leather of old books that remain stored and untouched in humid locations is a result of binding components turning into sulphuric acid. This idea of old knowledge left rotting into itself created sulphuric essence clicked with me. It took quite a long time for me to start playing rotting sounding music: my career started playing sophisticated jazzy sounding metal. Now I feel I added sulphur to my music and Red Rot is the result of it. Apparently the damage caused by red rot is irreversible, I like to think that Red Rot’s music could do the same”.
This festering and gangrenous outbreak erupted into Mal de Vivre which was then mixed and mastered by producer extraordinaire Jamie King at Basement Studio in Salem, North Carolina. Mal de Vivre’s resulting mix sounds abrasive but legible and defined, featuring punishing, heartfelt vocals, burly, relentless low-tuned guitars, pummelling drums and a warm, encompassing bass tone that makes Red Rot a primal but distinctly modern beast.
Clocking in at the perfect 38 minute mark, the songs on Red Rot’s Mal de Vivre alternate between one minute bursts and three minute nightmares resulting in a fervent but cathartic listening experience.
Niklas Sundin’s deviantly surreal artwork adorns the cover of Mal de Vivre, showcasing a stifling and despondent atmosphere.
That Mal de Vivre is such a well developed and conceived debut album should be no surprise to fans of Tiso and Lorusso’s earlier work, but newcomers to Red Rot’s fungal network of dominating putrefaction have oozing spoils to savor once this album drops.
Red Rot’s debut album Mal de Vivre is out on August the 26th 2022 via Svart Records worldwide.
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