Recent Prosthetic Records signees, THE DAY OF THE BEAST recently released their fourth album – and first under the Prosthetic banner – ‘Indisputably Carnivorous’. The album is blackened riff-heavy death metal at its most extreme – and it’s here to sour your summer!
Dripping with pure aggression and channelling evil through all inputs, Indisputably Carnivorous is the soundtrack to every raging nightmare brought to life. Shining a light on the darkest, filthiest corners of the human psyche by way of apocalyptic, horror-inspired storytelling – THE DAY OF THE BEAST have created a monster. Each track revolves around its own specific tale or theme, with inspiration coming from the likes of Clive Barker, Bram Stoker, and Lovecraft. The album name is taken from the Graham Masterson novel The Wells of Hell, and the title track is primarily based on that book.
Indisputably Carnivorous is out via Prosthetic Records on June 18, 2021.
Steve Redmond (guitar) breaks down ‘Indisputably Carnivorous’ as an album with a special track-by-track rundown below:
Corruptor Infestor is themed around a group of soviet era cosmonauts attempting to harness a horrifying extraterrestrial power with deadly consequences. This is definitely one of the more thrashy tracks on the album and it was one of the first songs written. We thought the build up into the fast “punk beat” at the beginning was a great way to kick off the album.
Disturbing Roars at Twilight is themed around HP Lovecraft’s short story Haunter of the Dark. Musically it’s fast and has lots of Scandinavian melodic death metal vibes. Some of the riffs in this song were originally being written for a Foretoken song but as it developed it really felt more like a TDOTB song for sure.
Indisputably Carnivorous is based on Graham Masterson’s novel The Wells of Hell. This one is more mid-paced with lots of grooves. The story is about an ancient evil race of cosmic deities infecting the drinking water of a small town and turning townspeople into flesh eating crustaceans. The title “Indisputably Carnivorous” came along before this song existed and it happened to fit the song well. Musically it represents our roots and tastefully blends in elements of what we’ve become in the more recent years.
Enter the Witch House is in the vein of a Grimm Brothers fairy tale but with the violence and Satan turned up to 11. We actually filmed our first music video ever for this one! We spent two days in the miserable cold and drank like 100 beers while filming it, but it turned out great and we can’t wait for everyone to see it.
Annihilation Prayer is themed around methods of human execution. This is a perfect song for those who work in the service industry and need to cope with their daily frustrations. Steve Harris was basically like, “We need a track that’s 230bpm”. Bobby brought this one to practice the next day and we were all about it! I’ve also gotta give Jeremy a ton of credit for nailing the ridiculously demanding drums on this one.
Venomous Procession This one is about bringing forth the violent eradication of the human race by the hands of a reptilian force. Musically this track revisits earlier TDOTB releases. I absolutely love the vocal patterns in this one!
On Top Many Layers of Horror is based on the Clive Barker short story “Scapegoats” from the Books of Blood anthology series. Musically it’s sort of all over the place with influences. It’s really the most “death metal” Track on the album. It even has a small sort of unintentional “nod” to my tech death roots in the middle of this track.
Black Forms Materialize is a personal recollection of various sleep paralysis episodes Steve Harris has experienced over the years. I thought it was awesome how Steve strayed a bit from his comfort zone and added a touch of his own personal “horror stories” to this song. At the time this song was written I had an obsession with Gary Holt’s guitar tone on “Tempo of the Damned” so I had Exodus in my brain while writing the opening riff…even though the song really sounds nothing like Exodus!
Judas in Hell be Proud is the 3rd part of a Dracula trilogy across our last 3 full-length albums. Our second album has the song “Son of Draconis” which is based on Vlad the Impaler, the 3rd album has the song “Black Earth Coffins” based on the 1922 film Nosferatu, and “Judas in Hell be Proud” is based off of the Coppola Dracula film. Bobby wrote the music for this one. It may be my personal favorite track on the album because of the awesome melodies and catchy vocal patterns.
On Wyverns Wings to Oblivion is themed around a final apocalyptic battle between ultimate good and evil forces. We felt it was an epic one to end the album with. Vocally and lyrically Steve Harris was going for a more evil version of Iron Maiden’s Flight of Icarus. For the chorus riff, I really wanted to capture the feel of a track from the first album called “Upon the Throne”. I begged Steve Harris for an evil, catchy chorus and he delivered! I’m particularly proud of the guitar solo on this one. After like 100 takes and almost throwing my guitar through the window, I finally ended up with something I was happy with.
Recorded August – October 2020, in Hampton Roads, Virginia with the band overseeing all elements of recording the meat of the album themselves, they then enlisted Tony Petrocelly of Trepan Studios to track vocals. The album was mixed and mastered by Zach Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios. Taking control of production themselves allowed the band – which features Steve Redmond from fellow Prosthetic signees, Foretoken – to set their own pace – they took the time to look back over past output, cherry-picking the elements they rated the most and bringing them together in one cohesive rager of an album. The result is a whiplash inducing thrash-via-death metal record; celebrating the legacy of the genre whilst adding their own indisputably blood-thirsty, indisputably abominable, indisputably carnivorous spin on it.