Ulcerate - The Destroyers of All
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
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
The Destroyers of All
gatefold double LP is now available directly via the Store section
NZ shows with Rotten Sound
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
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.
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, September 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
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.
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
Coming later this year, via Willowtip Records.
Auckland show, May
Shirts in stock
We have a small amount of L sized The Destroyers of All
shirts leftover from our recent tour, available in the store
. We will be looking at re-stocking the other shirts in the near future.
Ulcerate USA / Canada 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. Updated poster art and full dates to the right.
European tour - Bremen (GER) show added
And a final German date has also been added:
FEB 23 Germany: Bremen @ Romer
European tour - Nancy (FR) show added
A last-minute French date has been added to our Burning Winter
FEB 9 France: Nancy @ T.O.T.E.M
European tour venue changes, Swiss date added
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!
Burning Winter European Tour 2012
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"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)."
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.
As a sidenote, it feels only appropriate to officially welcome our second guitarist William Cleverdon to the fray, who we've been playing with for just over a year now.
A selection of some of the more recent interviews are now in the interviews section
Shirts have recently been re-stocked in the store
, including grey versions of the The Destroyers of All
print. We are also now stocking girls sizes for the Destroyers
We will be playing Maryland Deathfest in May of next year, along with a handful of side shows - more details to follow.
A few recent interviews added via the interviews section
Auckland show announced
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
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!
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
A video montage of drumming excerpts from the album tracking is available at this location:
The Destroyers of All
is now officially out, available via all the usual outlets.
We've re-stocked the Everything is Fire
& Drown Within
shirt designs in the store
Australian Tour, March 2011
We will be touring Australia for 3 dates in March in support of The Destroyers of All
NZ Tour, February 2011
Full album stream
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."
'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.
A short note - all shirts have been re-stocked
in various sizes in the store.
The Destroyers of All
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
V. The Hollow Idols
VII. The Destroyers of All
A couple of new interviews with Black Astriaal Magazine (Poland)
and Pitchline Webzine (Spain)
added to the interviews section.
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
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
Shirt re-stocking - again
As below, after selling out completely of both designs, the Tyranny
and Drown Within
shirts are now re-stocked and available in the Store section
. We've also made sure to include a limited run of S size.
Both the Tyranny
and Drown Within
shirts are now re-stocked and available in the Store section
Final words for 2009
Firstly, a huge thankyou to all in Europe who made an effort to watch us do our thing over the past month, we appreciate the support! We also have to put in a huge collective thanks to all in Nile, Krisiun, Grave, Corpus Mortale and Hackneyed for being such awesome tour partners. And to all the Massive Music crew - Darek, Fabricio, Vacek, Kuba, Michael, Brovar - cheers for being consummate professionals and making our lives a whole lot easier!
In other news Ulcerate will be touring Australia in February 2010 with grind act Beyond Terror Beyond Grace
as main support, poster left, and details to the right...
We also have a limited supply of the 'Tyranny
' shirt as leftover tour stock. We will be reprinting both this design and the 'Drown Within
' design in a matter of weeks, all available in the Store
And finally, we will begin the writing for album #3 in the coming weeks. Pointless at this stage to give any solid indications of where we will be heading with the material, but naturally it will be a continuation of the strongest points of Everything is Fire
Metalreview.com Essential Albums of the Decade feature
Everything is Fire
features in the 4th installment of Metal Review's 'The 100 Most Essential Albums of the Decade'
New shirt design
In preparation for our upcoming European excursion, we've released a new shirt design, 'Tyranny'
The shirts will be available throughout the tour, and we'll have them available for purchase from our store
European tour dates finalised
All dates are now confirmed - updated list to the right...
Drown Within shirt sizes restocked
We've restocked the M and XL sizes of the Drown Within
print as of this week - available through the store section
Reviews + interviews
New reviews for Everything is Fire
posted in the Press section
, as well as a couple of newish interviews under Press/Interviews
. We'll also be playing Napier in late September, more details soon...
European tour w/ Nile, Krisiun, Grave...
Ulcerate is featured in the current issue of Decibel magazine
. A preview can be read here:
New shirt design
New 'Drown Within' shirt design
available for purchase in the Store section
Everything is Fire album reviews
A series of new reviews have come in, click through to the Press
area to read in-full...
New drum tracking video posted
Title cut from Everything is Fire
up over at Youtube...
'Everything is Fire' first reviews
First reviews are trickling in, we're the album of the month over at Metalreviews.com
, check them out here in the Press section...
Couple of new completed interviews
are up for viewing now in Interviews as well...
'Everything is Fire' Terrorizer mag feature
The new album is currently being featured over at Terrorizer's site, check it out: http://www.terrorizer.com
We at Terrorizer like to shout about good music from time to time, so when we heard Ulcerate's new album, 'Everything Is Fire', come dripping out of the stereo speakers, office cronies subsequently lost their shit and we simply had to tell all you guys!
This is Ulcerate's second full album, their first being 'Of Fracture And Failure' which came out courtesy of Neurotic Records/Willowtip in 2007 - In 2009 they are brought to you via Willowtip/Candlelight.
Formed in 2002, this band have had more lineups than Baltimore Police Department, though current members Jamie Saint Merat on drums and Michael Hoggard on guitars remain from the original squad, back when the band was named Bloodwreath in 2000-2001.
There is no argument, these guys can play; the album is as honest and organic as death metal gets, it's superbly produced and well structured, combining the sounds of latterday Hate Eternal with the horrific and cavernous atmospherics of Deathspell Omega or Portal. But you can hear that for yourselves right?
...So brace yourself, dear listener, for a sonic beating of the highest order, Ulcerate are toxic and terrifying, defining the word 'brutal' without having to shove it in your face..
'Everything is Fire' available through Candlelight Records
As with all Willowtip releases, Candlelight Records will be licensing the album for Europe...
Check it out in their store here ›
'Everything is Fire' pre-orders available now
Willowtip pre-orders for Everything is Fire
are available with long and short sleeve packages, and are expected to ship in early April...
Short sleeve package @ Willowtip.com ›
Long-sleeve package @ Willowtip.com ›
'Everything is Fire' album details
We've got 2 new tracks online from our upcoming 2009 release through Willowtip Records 'Everything is Fire'
, available via www.myspace.com/ulcerate
and here (right-click to download):
- 192kbps MP3
Tyranny - 192kbps MP3
'Everything is Fire' tracklist:
01 Drown Within
02 We Are Nil
03 Withered and Obsolete
06 The Earth at its Knees
07 Soullessness Embraced
08 Everything is Fire
We're also very proud to announce our new second guitarist, Mr Oliver Goater who replaces Mike Rothwell...
'Everything is Fire' tracking complete
As of this week all instrument tracks have been laid down - so far all is sounding very dense and dark as hell. Over the following week the mix will be finalised and sent away for mastering. Album art and layout is once again being handled by myself (Jamie) - we'll have some more to say about all of this very soon... In the meantime, some shots from the sessions below:
'Everything is Fire' tracking underway
Drums for album no.2 are complete as of last week, the remaining instruments will be tracked throughtout September, and we're booked for early November for mastering with Peter In de Betou at Tailor Maid. Check out a drum tracking video below for the 4th cut (as yet untitled) from Everything is Fire
ULCERATE SIGNS TO WILLOWTIP
is very pleased to welcome New Zealand's Ulcerate to their official roster.
Drummer Jamie Saint Merat comments on the signing: "Ulcerate is really looking forward to calling Willowtip home, a label we've respected for a long time, and whose reputation for quality bands and quality service is something we really identify with. It feels great to have their support and backing!"
Ulcerate is currently in pre-production for their forthcoming album, Everything Is Fire.
A seething, more emotionally darker album than Of Fracture and Failure
, Everything Is Fire
is more extensively orchestrated and rhythmically complex, coupling suffocating density with moments of serene bleakness. Bassist Paul Kelland will handle vocal duties this time around, and the album will be mastered by Peter In de Betou (Nasum, Meshuggah, Watain) in Sweden.
Everything Is Fire
will be released in early 2009."
The line-up for Everything is Fire is:
Jamie Saint Merat - Drums
Michael Hoggard - Guitars
Paul Kelland - Bass/Vocals
Ulcerate is hard at work on album 2 at the moment, 5 songs written so far... We're kicking around a tentative title, but at this stage everything will be kept under wraps. Expect an extension on the harmonic and rhythmic ideas presented on 'Of Fracture and Failure' with a much broader palette in terms of dynamics and structure. We're also pushing for a more bleak, blacker tonality overall - and this will be mirrored by the lyrics, vocals and art.
We are also officially no longer working with vocalist Ben Read - the last few months he has been filling the role of live vocalist, and this will come to an end with a final performance this June. Naturally, his work so far has been exceptional in execution, but for this next chapter in our evolution we're needing to look at a different sound. At this stage, bassist Paul Kelland will be handling all lyric work and album vocals, and we are still on the hunt for someone who will be able to convey what we need on a live performance basis.
Pre-production is in full swing for the album, we'll be throwing up snippets of video to check out as we go - so far we've got some raw, unmixed drum takes up...
- Jamie | Ulcerate