U.S. based death/black metal band Cast The Stone, comprising original members Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index, Scour), Derek Engemann (ex-Cattle Decapitation, Scour), Jesse Schobel (Legend, ex-Scour) and vocalist Andy Huskey, released the first single from the new EP "Empyrean Atrophy," coming on August 31st via Agonia Records. Check out "As the Dead Lie" in the player above.
Each of the members is involved in writing music, and each has varying tastes. But they all seem to have one acquired taste in common: an appetite for American and Swedish death metal. On "Empyrean Atrophy," one can distinctly hear sounds similar to Dismember, Grave, At The Gates, and other proponents of the genre. There are also artisan elements one could liken to more dark and progressive Swedish acts such as Opeth, Edge Of Sanity and Dissection. Perhaps this reason alone, Dan Swanö was a clear choice for production (having produced or had been a member of some of the aforementioned bands). Hybridizing the dark ferocity of Swedish death metal through a lens of American brutality, Cast The Stone hits a creative stride with "Empyrean Atrophy."
The track listing can be found here:
1. As the Dead Lie 2. The Burning Horizon 3. Standing in the Shadows 4. A Plague of Light 5. Empyrean Atrophy 6. Jesusatan