Australasia MMXV

February 2015

Ulcerate will take a small break from writing for a handful of Australasian dates in April/May/June - the only Australasian shows for the year. Supports to be announced shortly.

18.04.2015 Napier (NZ) @ Cabana
08.05.2015 Auckland (NZ) @ Whammy
09.05.2015 Christchurch (NZ) @ Dux Live
22.05.2015 Wellington (NZ) @ San Fran
25.06.2015 Brisbane (AUS) @ Beetle Bar
26.06.2015 Sydney (AUS) @ Bald Faced Stag
27.06.2015 Melbourne (AUS) @ Bendigo Hotel

Album 5 writing

February 2015

Ulcerate writing MMXV

Writing sessions for the fifth album are now more than a month in, with excellent progress being made so far...

Odium shirt & hoodie

January 2015

The 'Odium' shirt and hooded sweatshirt are now available for purchase.


December 2014

Ulcerate extends our sincere gratitude to all who attended the Confronting Entropy European tour shows - one day since our 45 hour return flight and we're already feeling the post-tour depression lurking...

And to the mighty Wormed who decimated all 24 nights with exceptional audial violence - as well as Gigan, Solace of Requiem, Départe and of course Luuk and Alex from Doomstar Bookings and all involved in the running and promoting of the shows - we salute you all!

Kassel venue change

November 2014

The December 12th venue in Kassel, Germany has changed to Goldgrube

Odium shirt

November 2014

New 'Odium' shirt and hooded sweatshirt design in preparation for the Confronting Entropy European tour in a matter of weeks. Also available in girls sizes. This is one of 3 designs we'll have available.

New shirt design

September 2014

New 'Imperious' shirt design added to the store, as seen on the Vermis North America MMXIV tour. Various sizes of other designs also unearthed from the vaults, very limited quantities though.

Gorguts + Ulcerate, New Zealand

September 2014

Ulcerate will be supporting the almighty Gorguts in Auckland, New Zealand on November 13th.

Last European dates added

September 2014

The 3 remaining TBC dates for the Confronting Entropy European Tour MMXIV have now been filled:

28.11.2014 Toulouse (FR) @ Pavillon Sauvages
10.12.2014 Berlin (GER) @ K17
13.12.2014 Schriesheim (GER) @ Push

Australian band Départe have also joined the tour, which rounds out an incredibly strong package.

Europe MMXIV

July 2014

ULCERATE Confronting Entropy European Tour MMXIV w/ Wormed, Solace of Requiem, Gigan +1 TBA

21.11.2014 Groningen (NL) @ Vera
22.11.2014 Rotterdam (NL) @ Baroeg
23.11.2014 Cologne (GER) @ MTC
24.11.2014 Venlo (NL) @ Podium Grenswerk
25.11.2014 Mechelen (BL) @ Club Kamikaze
26.11.2014 Paris (FR) @ Glazart
27.11.2014 Nantes (FR) @ Le Ferrailleur
28.11.2014 TBC (FR)
29.11.2014 Barcelona (SP) @ Razz3
30.11.2014 Madrid (SP) @ Caracol
01.12.2014 Erandio, Vizacaya (SP) @ Sonora
02.12.2014 Luynes (Aix-en-Provence) (FR) @ Le Korigan
03.12.2014 Milano (IT) @ LO-FI
04.12.2014 Bologna (IT) @ Freak Out Club
05.12.2014 Worblaufen (CH) @ Downi
06.12.2014 Nurnberg (GER) @ Nurnberg Deathfest
07.12.2014 Vienna (AT) @ The Escape
08.12.2014 Budapest (HU) @ ShowBarlang
09.12.2014 Prague (CZ) @ Modra Vopice
10.12.2014 Berlin (GER) @ TBA
11.12.2014 Copenhagen (DEN) @ Pumpehuset
12.12.2014 Kassel (GER) @ Hammerschmiede
13.12.2014 Mannheim (GER) @ TBC
14.12.2014 Arnhem (NL) @ Willemeen

Via Earsplit PR: "In the wake of their recent and first full-on invasion of North America, revolutionary New Zealand death metal trio, ULCERATE, will return to the European continent this Fall.

ULCERATE today issues their warning that the Confronting Entropy European Tour MMXIV has been declared, the excursion bringing the band back to Europe on a massive trek set to run from November 21st through December 14th. Continuing to tour in support of their worldwide-acclaimed third full-length, Vermis, released in September through Relapse Records, on the upcoming twenty-four city raid ULCERATE will be paired with Spanish sci-fi death metal cult, Wormed, also supported by Gigan, Solace of Requiem and one more act to be confirmed. Additional info on this venture will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Confronting Entropy European Tour MMXIV follows ULCERATE’s previous runs in support of their acclaimed new album, most recently their Vermis North America MMXIV Tour which engulfed most of the month of May and led the band to one of the main indoor slots at this year’s Maryland Deathfest. While Vermis is an incredibly extreme, cerebral and devastatingly creative body of work in its own right, the band performs the new songs with unbelievable strength and seamless professionalism, the mere thee-piece lineup mesmerizing and devastating audiences with a relentless tsunami of cutting-edge, technical and overall supremely ominous attack."

NYC live videos

June 2014

Ulcerate, one of our favorite (as well as possibly one of the only we know of?) bands from the wondrous land of New Zealand, recently wrapped up a string of shows in the US. Along the way they hit Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, and Nick Cusworth was there to capture them in all their furious glory. Better yet, he was able to use the power of GoPro to give us a better-than-front-row seat to one of the best drummers in the game currently, Jamie Saint Merat. Click through the jump to see videos from their entire set, including a few drum-cam-only playthroughs.


J Saint Merat + Pearl drums

April 2014


We are proud to announce that J Saint Merat now officially endorses Pearl drums and hardware exclusively.

Vermis North America MMXIV ticketing

April 2014

Individual Facebook event pages and ticketing information below for all dates:

Los Angeles, CA: Facebook event . Ticketing
San Francisco, CA: Facebook event . Ticketing
Portland, OR: Facebook event . Ticketing
Seattle, WA: Facebook event . Ticketing
Sacramento, CA: Facebook event . Door sales only
Philadelphia, PA: Facebook event . Ticketing
NYC, NY: Facebook event . Ticketing
Boston, MA: Facebook event . Ticketing
Montreal, QC: Facebook event . Ticketing
Rouyn-Noranda, QC: Facebook event . Door sales only
Toronto, ON: Facebook event . Ticketing
Detroit, MI: Facebook event . Door sales only
Chicago, IL: Facebook event . Ticketing
Fort Wayne, IN: Facebook event . Door sales only
Columbus, OH: Facebook event . Free Entry
Pittsburgh, PA: Facebook event . Ticketing
Richmond, VA: Facebook event . Ticketing
Springfield, VA: Facebook event . Ticketing
MDF: Facebook event . SOLD OUT

Fort Wayne, IN - Venue change

March 2014

Our Fort Wayne date (May 17) has had a venue change from Brass Rail to CS3.

Vermis North America MMXIV tour

February 2014

In support of their most demoralizing recorded works to date with their fourth LP, Vermis, New Zealand death metal innovators, ULCERATE, will bring their audio terror to North American fans this Spring, on their second tour of the continent.

Sponsored by Metal Injection, ULCERATE will inundate the American and Canadian peoples for nineteen days and nights on the Vermis North America MMXIV tour, which will include the band’s first shows on the West Coast. Beginning the first day of May, the horde will bring their incredibly destructive, dynamic style of delivering the most extreme, cutting edge death metal imaginable to a clockwise arc of cities, the mayhem coming to a close with a performance at the massive, annual Maryland Death Fest on May 25th. Support for ULCERATE will be provided by Relapse lablemates, Inter Arma, on the majority of the dates, joining the tour in Philadelphia on the 9th and pushing through until May 21st, the final date of the tour before MDF.

Vermis North America MMXIV will be ULCERATE’s first return to the continent since their initial stateside mini-tour in 2012, culminated with their memorably punishing set at Maryland Deathfest that year. Stated the band on the upcoming live incursion, "After months of planning we are now in full lockdown mode with rehearsals for what is going to be one of the most intense tours we've done to date. We can't wait to bring the Vermis material to life and finally attack both East and West coasts of the continent - particularly with Inter Arma joining us for the second half of the run."

  • May 01 // Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
  • May 02 // San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
  • May 03 // Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
  • May 04 // Seattle, WA @ The Highline
  • May 06 // Sacramento, CA @ Starlight Lounge
  • May 09 // Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
  • May 10 // NYC, NY @ St Vitus
  • May 11 // Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
  • May 12 // Montreal, QC @ Les Katacombes
  • May 13 // Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Le Petit Theatre
  • May 14 // Toronto, ON @ Comfort Zone
  • May 15 // Detroit, MI @ Corktown Tavern
  • May 16 // Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
  • May 17 // Fort Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail
  • May 18 // Columbus, OH @ Carabar
  • May 19 // Pittsburgh, PA @ The Shop
  • May 20 // Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
  • May 21 // Springfield, VA @ Empire
  • May 25 // Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest

Necessarily Loud - 50 Essential Heavy Albums From 2013

November 2013

Via Steel for Brains:

Between Gorguts’ Colored Sands and Ulcerate’s Vermis, technical death metal raised the stakes considerably in 2013 for any contenders or pretenders in the years to come. Where Gorguts (among others) might look at their songs as a virtuosic undertaking rightfully devoid of any organic meanderings, Ulcerate give their music an autonomy while still holding together the scorching technical prowess of their associated genre. Vermis shows a band who, with this their fourth full length, have discovered the inherent value of instinct over influence as the songs here, while inarguably razor sharp and death metal of the most unrelenting variety, are not tethered to any one notion of what death metal or technical death metal should be. This less restrictive approach to their songwriting and deadly precise focus is precisely what makes Vermis an easy pick for one of 2013’s essential heavy releases...

Vermis drum tracking video

October 2013

Via Sick Drummer Magazine:

Sick Drummer Magazine is proud to bring you this exclusive Jamie Saint Merat - Ulcerate - 'Vermis' drum tracking video. The video is a montage of various tracks from the 'Vermis' tracking session recorded in February/March 2013 at MCA Studios, Auckland, New Zealand. The mix is drum-specific, no editing, no quantizing! Audio engineering by Jamie Saint Merat & Michael Hoggard. Mixed by Jamie Saint Merat and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side, New York. The music was written by Michael Hoggard & Jamie Saint Merat and lyrics by Paul Kelland. Art & layout were also handled by Jamie Saint Merat.


October 2013

We are proud to announce we will be performing at Maryland Deathfest XII next year... further North American dates to follow


Hellfest 2014

September 2013

Hellfest 2014

We are very proud to announce that we will be performing at Hellfest 2014, in Clisson France. More info at hellfest.fr ›

2013 Australasian Dates

August 2013

Ulcerate Australasia 2013

12.10.2013 // Christchurch (NZ) @ Churchills Live
01.11.2013 // Auckland (NZ) @ Whammy Bar
02.11.2013 // Wellington (NZ) @ SFBH
28.11.2013 // Brisbane (AUS) @ Crowbar
29.11.2013 // Sydney (AUS) @ The Stag w/ THE AMENTA
30.11.2013 // Melbourne (AUS) @ Sonic Forge Festival

Second song released

August 2013

Weight of Emptiness: via Loudwire

When it comes to Ulcerate, we’ve gotta talk about tone. With each release, Ulcerate’s production standards change slightly, but the filth-ridden atmosphere created by Michael Hoggard’s guitar tone is truly unique. The blackness and hopeless abandonment of floating through space combines with the crushing force of a black hole to form Ulcerate’s sound — a sound which continues throughout the entire ‘Vermis’ album.

Ulcerate is truly one of the heaviest, most atmospheric and precise death metal bands in the world. If you’re feeling a sonic need to have your head both engaged and crushed in at the same time, take a listen to Ulcerate’s new track ‘Weight of Emptiness’ in the player below.

Sonic Forge Fest

August 2013

We will be playing the Sonic Forge festival in Melbourne, Australia in November. Further Australasian dates will be announced soon. Further details at via Facebook.

First song released

August 2013

J Saint Merat
J Saint Merat

Vermis In-Studio

July 2013

Via Earsplit Compound:

"Following the recent unveiling of the details on ULCERATE’s impending and highly anticipated fourth LP Vermis, today Relapse has leaked an in-studio video with the Auckland, New Zealand tribe as they meticulously crafted the mammoth album at hometown MCA Studios earlier this year. The combined demolishing power and technical prowess of the music the trio creates is truly jaw-dropping on every one of the band’s releases to date, and watching them hone and construct these anguished hymns piece-by-piece is enthralling for any extreme music musician or ULCERATE devotee."


July 2013


1. Odium
2. Vermis
3. Clutching Revulsion
4. Weight of Emptiness
5. Confronting Entropy
6. Fall to Opprobrium
7. The Imperious Weak
8. Cessation
9. Await Rescission

Via Earsplit Compound:
'Innovative New Zealand Death Trio Preps Fourth LP For Deployment'

"After signing ULCERATE last year, new label Relapse unveils the info on the band’s newest works as the album nears release late this Summer. After a year of writing and planning, the creation of the record came to fruition in March of this year when the band entered hometown MCA Studios. The nine passages harnessed during these sessions culminates into a nearly fifty-five minute document of the outfit’s most tumultuous craftsmanship yet, entitled Vermis. Relapse will unleash the album on CD, double LP and digitally, now confirmed for release September 17th in North America, preceded by September 13th in Germany and Benelux, and September 16th in the UK and rest of the world. Preorders have been made available here."

"Additional propaganda, hymns and more on Vermis will be announced in the coming weeks in addition to new ULCERATE tour actions for 2013."

Studio update

April 2013

We are now entering the final stages of album preparation after an extremely demanding tracking process spanning the last month and a half.

Album #4 tracking

March 2013

After almost exactly twelve months of exhaustive work we are now in the final stages of preparation for our fourth album. This week we enter the studio to track what has become a violent, monolithic piece of work.

TDOA vinyl available directly

February 2013

The Destroyers of All gatefold double LP is now available directly via the Store section.

NZ shows with Rotten Sound

January 2013

We will be supporting Rotten Sound on the New Zealand leg of their SE Asia / Australian / NZ tour:

Auckland, 11 April @ Rising Sun
Wellington, 12 April @ Bodega

For those on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/147821325370579/

The Destroyers of All vinyl shipping now

November 2011

Via Willowtip Records:

We are happy to report that the Ulcerate vinyl is now in stock and all preorders have shipped. We are shipping all online orders immediately.

Album #4

October 2012

Thanks to all who came out and who were involved in our last run of Australian shows, especially Départe and Odiusembowel for supporting on multiple dates. For those interested we have a small amount of leftover shirts from the tour, available via the store.

These shows were our last for the year, and we now climb head-first into completing work on our fourth album. At this point we have been writing since March, and so far have completed 4 tracks, close to 35 minutes worth of music. We're exploring a lot of new territory with this material and so far everything is sounding a lot violent/uglier than past releases, as well as more rhythmically involved than The Destroyers of All.

The lineup will of course be the same as the last 2 albums - Kelland/Hoggard/Saint Merat.
Australia 2012

Australia, September 2012

June 2012

We will be playing our last shows for 2012 in Australia in September, tour supports to be announced shortly. The dates are:

FRI 28 Sep: Melbourne @ Bendigo Hotel
SAT 29 Sep: Sydney @ Valve Bar
SUN 30 Sep: Brisbane @ Beetle Bar

TDOA vinyl pre-orders

June 2012

Pre-orders for The Destroyers of All are now available via Willowtip.
Vinyl version of Ulcerate's critically acclaimed album The Destroyers Of All. Double gatefold 180 gram vinyl. Limited to 500 copies. Also includes an Ulcerate/Gigan double sided poster while supplies last. Shipping in mid October, check the store news for updates.

Colors: Dark Red limited to 120 / Clear limited to 170 / Black limited to 210
They are also printing a new shirt design to coincide with the release.

The Destroyers of All vinyl

March 2012

Coming later this year, via Willowtip Records.
Ulcerate/Svart Crown

Ulcerate USA / Canada 2012

February 2012

After completing a solid month of touring in Europe with our French allies Svart Crown, we're happy to announce that they will be joining us in the US and Canada as well.

European tour - Bremen (GER) show added

January 2012

And a final German date has also been added:
FEB 23 Germany: Bremen @ Romer

European tour - Nancy (FR) show added

January 2012

A last-minute French date has been added to our Burning Winter tour:
FEB 9 France: Nancy @ T.O.T.E.M

European tour venue changes, Swiss date added

January 2012

A Swiss date has now been added to next month's Burning Winter tour, as well as three venue changes in other cities:
  • TUE 07 UK: Liverpool @ Lomax
  • SAT 11 Germany: Berlin @ K17
  • WEN 15 Slovakia: Kosice @ Collosseum Club
  • THU 16 Slovenia: Ljubjana @ Orto Bar
  • MON 20 Switzerland: Lyss @ Kufa
For those on Facebook, you can view the official tour event, or follow us for updates. We'll see you there!
Ulcerate/Svart Crown

Burning Winter European Tour 2012

December 2011

We're very proud to announce our European tour with our good friends Svart Crown, press release below:

New Zealand’s unorthodox death metallers ULCERATE have announced a three-week headlining European tour in the winter of 2012 in support of their critically acclaimed new album, The Destroyers of All. The tour will kick off on February 2nd in Reims, France and continue through February 25th in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Direct support throughout the tour will be provided by French blackened death metal masters, Svart Crown.

Ulcerate + Relapse Records

November 2011

Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of New Zealand progressive death metallers Ulcerate.

Ulcerate (Paul Kelland: Bass/vocals, Michael Hoggard: Guitars, William Cleverdon: Guitars, and Jamie Saint Merat: Drums) formed in 2000 and has previously released three full-length albums. The band's latest album, The Destroyers of All, was released earlier this year and received international critical acclaim for its blend of ambitious songwriting and unorthodox extremity. Ulcerate will enter the studio next fall to begin recording their Relapse debut.

Ulcerate's Jamie Saint Merat commented on the signing and the band's upcoming tour dates: "Working with Relapse is a very logical next step for us, and we're really looking forward to the partnership. Their presence of quality releases regardless of genre, overarching aesthetic and attention to detail is something that we find very natural to align with, as well as being fans of the label's releases well before the band was even started. In terms of what's next for the Ulcerate, 2012 will be a big year for us - in February we're touring Europe for 23 dates with our good friends in Svart Crown, followed up by MDF X and accompanying side-shows in the US in May, New Zealand shows in December (2011) and January, and a tentative return to Australia mid-year. We'll also begin work on album number 4."

European tour dates will be announced shortly. There are a handful of unconfirmed dates - interested promoters can contact sons-of-underground@hotmail.fr.

Pitchfork feature

October 2011

"Interviews with New Jersey's Disma, Germany's Necros Christos, Israel's Sonne Adam, and New Zealand's Ulcerate-- bands behind four of the best death metal albums of 2011 (so far)."



September 2011

Just a small update regarding Ulcerate in Europe this year... Although un-announced, we were originally part of the Immolation/Krisiun tour scheduled for November/December of this year - this has since been postponed to May of next year, which unfortunately makes it impossible for us. There is however something being planned that may see us in Europe in February of next year, details to come once things are a little more solidified.

USA 2012

July 2011

We will be playing Maryland Deathfest in May of next year, along with a handful of side shows - more details to follow.

Auckland show announced

May 2011

We will be playing Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday July 23, at the Thirsty Dog with Heresiarch and Filthy Lucifer.

The Destroyers of All shirts available

March 2011

The Destroyers of All shirts are now available in the store. Grey version to come soon.

Also, cheers to all who came out for the Australian shows, we had a fucking blast. And to Ben/Bart of Evolutionary Touring and everyone else involved in the organisation of things, we extend our gratitude!

Decibel feature

February 2011

We have a featured interview in the March 2011 issue of Decibel magazine, for anyone who's interested:

The first batch of reviews for The Destroyers of All are also rolling in, collated in the reviews section.

Album drum tracking video

February 2011

A video montage of drumming excerpts from the album tracking is available at this location:

Album release

January 2011

The Destroyers of All is now officially out, available via all the usual outlets.

Australian Tour, March 2011

January 2011

Australia 2011 We will be touring Australia for 3 dates in March in support of The Destroyers of All.

NZ Tour, February 2011

January 2011

NZ 2011

Full album stream

January 2011

The Destroyers of All is available for streaming in its entirety at Metalsucks.com:

"New Zealand death metallers Ulcerate couldn’t have thought up a better title for their third full-length studio album, The Destroyers of All. Put quite simply, The Destroyers of All impales aardvark babies.

Never before have blast beats been played so viciously behind a band that’s playing so slow — in death metal no less, where speed is usually the name of the game — but Ulcerate skinsman Jamie Saint Merat does just that to set the backbone for the woeful yet delicate crushing which the rest of the band bestows upon the world. Atmospherics and dissonance are the strongest tools in the arsenal of guitarist Michael Hoggard instead of speed and agility. The result is a unique brand of death metal that’s creepy, doomy and jarring instead of groovy and energetic. Not that there’s anything wrong with the latter, but the former are what make Ulcerate worthy of your attention; no one else sounds like them, and they’re heavy in a truly new way."

Album preview

October 2010

The Destroyers of All

'Ulcerate will release their third full-length album The Destroyers of All on January 25 2011 through Willowtip Records. Ambitious, oppressive and expansive, with a strict adherence to the tradition of total bleakness the band is becoming known for, The Destroyers of All presents the most atmospheric and challenging listen from the band to date.'

I. Burning Skies [7:34]
II. Dead Oceans [7:01]
III. Cold Becoming [6:16]
IV. Beneath [6:56]
V. The Hollow Idols [6:06]
VI. Omens [8:26]
VII. The Destroyers of All [10:30]

"Come dawn, no light will be thrown on them
This vermin, these ingrates
Us of the earth
The destroyers of all"

In other news, we have reached a decision recently to part ways with live second guitarist Oliver Goater, although we are of course gracious for his work with us over the past 2 years. The album will be released as the core 3 writing members - we have however been working with a new live second guitarist, William Cleverdon - who is already proving to be an outstanding addition to the line-up. Live shows will commence in 2011.

The Destroyers of All

August 2010

The Destroyers of All is the title of our third full-length album.

As we're nearing the completion of the recording process we now have a page in place here that documents the work we've been undertaking over the past few weeks, with notes, photography and video. As mixing, mastering and artwork development closes in the page will be updated. Keep an eye out.

The Destroyers of All tracklist:

I. Burning Skies
II. Dead Oceans
III. Cold Becoming
IV. Beneath
V. The Hollow Idols
VI. Omens
VII. The Destroyers of All


Album #3

April 2010

Since the start of this year we've been hard at work writing material for the next album, finally feels like it's time to start talking about it. So far we've got 5 fully complete tracks, with an aim to have the writing completed by July/August, when we'll step into the studio for real. We will be continuing with Willowtip Records / Candlelight for this release yet again, as they've done a superb job with Everything is Fire.

The writing process is once again being handled by guitarist Michael and myself, with vocalist/bassist Paul handling all lyrical and vocal contributions. We have no working titles as yet, but in the coming weeks everything will start falling into place.

The new material is an expansion on the Everything is Fire sound with a far greater dynamic range. There's really no surprises or annoying experimentations, just the next step forward in evolving what we've established so far. There will however be a lot more of the bleak and blackened atmosphere and mood, perhaps a little less pace overall - with an emphasis on a very very large sound. We're certainly not a band that wants to repeat itself, but at the same time, we're extremely driven to create the sonic assault that we've had in our heads for a number of years. Make of that what you will!

Pre-production sessions have been taking place and we've got a number of ideas that we'll be experimenting with in the very near future in terms of instrument tones and production values. The production will once again be handled within the band, and there may or may not be outside contributors. What you can expect yet again is a (hopefully) very natural sound, with little or no reliance on modern production gimmicks / techniques.

Beyond this, we will be looking to tour locally and internationally early 2011 in support of the release.

More updates as they come to pass.
Cheers / Jamie

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