Genre: Death Metal
Label: Relapse Records
Outer Heaven, a name that should be already in your fav-list along with Gatecreeper, Witch Vomit, Fuming Mouth, Blood Incantation, Necrot, Skeletal Remains and Tomb Mold (among others) that keep the flame burning as true defenders of Death Metal in nowadays. Most of you have learned about them since 2016 and the now considered to be classic 4way split with Gatecreeper / Scorched / Homewrecker, but also loved their previous effort “Realms of Eternal Decay” from 2018. Now they return with their sophomore album entitled “Infinite Psychic Depths” via Relapse Records, that finds them much more confident, brutal and mature, in a delirium of galloping rhythms and crushing riffs alongside some growls and barkings full of despair and desolation. Their sound for those who haven’t checked them is a fine mixture of Gorguts and Incantation inspired meets Morbid Angel meets Bolt Thrower frenetic, chaotic Death Metal. Probably their ace on their sleeves is in one hand the guitarist duo featuring Jonathan Kunz’s and Zak Carter’s technical skills that provides us with some excellent twisted melodies and on the other hand Austin Haines’ vocal lines that deliver some guttural aggressive snarls and bad-tempered snarls that match perfectly with the catchy hooks, the punchy tempos, the hardcore energy and the Death Metal brain-melting riffs. Recorded by Ryan Reed and mixed and mastered by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios, “Infinite Psychic Depths” throws a few tricks and guest appearances into the mix with bass playing by Derrick Vella from Tomb Mold, as well as vocal contributions from Pig Destroyer’s JR Hayes, Morbid Angel’s Steve Tucker and Alex Jones from Undeath. The new album also features a special appearance by Dave Suzuki (Churchburn, ex-Vital Remains) doing a trade-off solo on “Rotting Stone/D.M.T.”. Highlights: “Soul Remnants”, “Unspeakable Aura”, “Pillars of Dust”, “Liquified Mind” and “Fragmented Suspension”.