Malta's death metal outfit & biggest metal export, BEHEADED, reveal cover artwork, tracklisting and pre-orders for their sixth studio album titled "Only Death Can Save You". The album is set to be released on June 14th worldwide via Agonia Records.
Forged from the darkest depths, "Only Death Can Save You" breathes violence and marches fearlessly down its death metal path. Summoning the visceral classic and the caustic edge of later death metal, the new punishing album spreads its aural horror with razor sharp precision.
To explain the title & concept of the new album, the band commented: "With 'Only Death Can Save You' our intent was to artistically delve into the deepest, darkest corners of the human psyche and follow a creative path into the obscure frame of mind a person has when facing death, which, is the ultimate most terrifying experience and yet the only ‘salvation’ from life. This is a concept reflected in the lyrics and also captured in the album’s artwork".
On song writing & recordings, they added: "Having had a stable line up since the release of our last offering 'Beast Incarnate', also meant that we could work more as a unit this time around with all members giving a much stronger contribution to the song writing. This also includes our drummer Davide Billia who’s responsible for the recording process of the album and this was a key factor in nailing the sound, timbre and tone we wanted to give to this album".
BEHEADED also addressed their new label home and touring: "'Only Death Can Save You' marks the beginning of a new chapter for Beheaded as part of Agonia Records. We are all very excited about this release and feel strongly about the album. We’re also looking forward to unleashing a number of these songs live on a string of festivals as part of our tour with Incantation and Hate, which will coincide with the release of the album, set for early summer".
"Only Death Can Save You" was recorded and mixed at Mk2 Recording Studio, run by the band's drummer, Davide Billa. The album was mastered at Hertz Studio in Poland. Cover artwork was painted by Daniel Corcuero (Nekronikon).
BEHEADED rolled into life in 1991 with Malta as a backdrop to its caustic roots of death metal. Drawing inspiration from death metal hailing from Europe and the US at that time, and diving head on in the tape trading, zine and snail mail networks, BEHEADED furnaced its demo "Souldead" in 1995. With its strong statement and character, both European and worldwide record deals preceded the final cementation of the band as a placeholder in the extreme music scene. With six official releases under its belt, respect was gained through the energetic live set tying its relentlessness to its pure death metal inner sanctum. Several tours and festivals in Europe, US and Asia have channelled this thick skinned aural punishment to crowds all over, bringing more and more devoted followers. Years ahead have taken the tinge of freshened vigour and BEHEADED is ready to deliver death metal of the highest caliber. Their last album, "Beast Incarnate", was released in 2017.
01. The charlatan's enunciation
02. Evil be to him who evil seeks
03. A greater terror
04. Unholy man
05. Embrace your messiah
06. The papist devil
07. Gallows walk
08. Only death can save you
09. From the fire where it all began
- Jewelcase CD,
- Black LP,
- Neon Violet LP,
Frank Calleja - voice
David Cachia - bass
Grech Omar - guitars
Simone Brigo - guitars
Davide Billia - drums
Summer 2019: EU tour with Incantation and Hate (dates TBA)
06.07.2019: Bäckerberg in Scharnstein @ Sick Midsummer Festival, AT
15.08.2019: Barth @ Barther Metal Open Air, DE
17.08.2019: St-Nolf @ Motocultor Festival, FR
Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall
Denver, CO The Roxy
Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
Chicago, IL Reggie's
Cleveland, OH The Odeon Theater
Ottawa, ON Mavericks
Toronto, ON Mod Club
Montreal, QC L'Astral
Quebec City, QC Le d'Auteuil
Burg Bornstedt @ Dark Troll Festival, GER