Halfway through death metal group GORGATRON‘s latest video for single “Usurpation” off upcoming album Pathogenic Automation, I began to recognize the towering city featured in black and white: Chicago!
Jordan Miller (HighTop Production/Texas Toast Chainsaw Massacre) filmed the video during their 2019 performance at Chicago Domination Fest and switches between live performances and examples of the western world’s decline. This single features extreme timing and gruff, gravelly vocals and warrants a listen from fans of Suffocation, Morbid Angel, Necrophagist, Hate Eternal, and the like.
Guitarist Paul Johnson elaborates, “Let’s just start off by saying this song is a smorgasbord of riffs.
“The verse and chorus riffs contrast each other in this song. To me, the verse seems to have a bit of an East Coast death metal flavor to it while the chorus seems more frantic and odd, with the timing and note selection. It’s also fun doing the sick backup vocals on that part. Sometimes, when you come to the bridge of a song, it’s difficult to decide where to go with it. Sometimes you think, ‘Hey, fuck it. Let’s do something way different and throw a time change in there.’ I have no idea how or why we decided to change to a 6/8 feel out of nowhere, but we did it. We hit some gut-busting grooves here and then we hit the solo section. I had a spaced-out tapping lick for it and had no idea where to go from there. Cue up Neal with some majestic harmonized licks and some serious whammy bar abuse and BAM you got a solo trade off. We button this song up with a riff that always feels like the heaviest riff in our setlist. I definitely drew some influence from a little old Texas band that ruled the world in the ’90s.”
Pathogenic Automation, which includes cover art by Aghy R Purakusuma (Pure Wrath, Stillbirth, Numen), will see CD release independently on August 28th with worldwide digital distribution by Blood Blast, a new service powered by Nuclear Blast and Believe Music. Find preorders at the GORGATRON website at THIS LOCATION and Indiemerch HERE.