San Diego gore fuelled death metal outfit Pathology return this month with their 11th studio album, The Everlasting Plague.
With themes ranging from death rituals to premeditated murder to torture and addiction, The Everlasting Plague is another brutal slab of brutality from the band and one which vocalist Obie Flett tells HEAVY is one of their most musically ambitious yet.
“It’s pretty weird and crazy,” he laughed. “We’ve got some new elements in there. There’s still your standard Pathology riffs and the bass sound is there but we experimented with some new sounds and riffs. There’s a lot of atmosphere.”
Knowing many fans fear change in their music, we press him on what new sounds have been toyed with this time around.
“Not instruments so much as different style of riffs,” he stressed. “Some songs are very atmospheric and slow and almost doomy and sad. There’s still super heavy brutal parts but then there’s this dreary, fucken suicide sounding music, you know what I mean? It’s hard to explain, man. It was weird for me as a vocalist to figure out how – coz I do gutterals, man. It’s just like deep fucken Grrr – and when I first heard it, I was like, what the fuck? What am I gonna put over some of this shit? I think I put gutterals to certain guitar riffs that I don’t think anyone has before. I’m curious to see what people think coz it definitely, to me, it resonated with me and I remembered a lot more of the riffs than I usually do in any other music that I listen to.”
In the full interview, Obie talks about Pathology’s writing and recording process, the lyrical themes on the album, writing the album with contributions from each member, the cover artwork, signing to Nuclear Blast Records and more.
Pre-sale link: https://bfan.link/pathology-theeverlastingplague