Horrendous Head Out on Tour of Southwest + CA

Horrendous Terrorizing Cities Across Southwest and California

HORRENDOUS have given us two early glimpses of ‘Ontological Mysterium’. The title track touches down with riffs that churn like an Apache helicopter. while second single “Cult of Shaad’oah” keeps climbing on the backs of duel leads, crashing cymbals and bloody battle cries. 

Now it’s time for Philly’s filthiest and finest progressive death metal band to saddle up their chariots and hit the road. This month, they’re touring the Southwest before making their way over into California, where they’ll lock horns with PENURY. 

The Southwestern Mysterium tour starts tonight in Houston, TX at Black Magic Social Club. On Saturday, July 8, the band are playing a free show in San Antonio at Faust Tavern.

Tour Dates
07/06: Houston, TX @ Black Magic [Tickets]
07/07: Austin, TX @ The Lost Well [Tickets]
07/08: San Antonio, TX @ Faust Tavern (free admission)
07/09: Dallas, TX @ Double Wide [Tickets]
07/11: El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar & Grill [Tickets]
07/13: Tempe, AZ @ Metalheads Clubhouse [Tickets]
07/14: Los Angeles, CA @ Knucklehead* [Tickets]
07/15: San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar* [Tickets]
07/16: Long Beach, CA @ Supply and Demand* [Tickets]
07/17: Atascadero, CA @ Dark Nectar*
07/18: Sacramento, CA @ The Colony* [Tickets]
07/19: Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlene Francis Center* [Tickets]
07/20: Oakland, CA @ Thee Stork Club* [Tickets]

* with special guests PENURY.   

‘Ontological Mysterium’ will be released on August 18, 2023 by Season of Mist. Pre-save the album HERE.  Pre-order it HERE

Promotional Photography

1. The Blaze (02:00)
2. Chrysopoeia (The Archaeology of Dawn) (07:16)
3. Neon Leviathan (03:30)
4. Aurora Neoterica (01:56)
4. Preterition Hymn (03:58)
5. Cult of Shaad’oah (05:24) [WATCH HERE]
6. Exeg(en)esis, (03:38)
7. Ontological Mysterium (04:44) [WATCH HERE]
8. The Death Knell Ringeth (05:20)
Total run time: 37:44

“Surprises always come up during writing — spontaneous ideas pull you into new territory and enable the realization of novel possibilities that previously were inaccessible.”

Such are the words from Horrendous drummer Jamie Knox when discussing the creation of the band’s fifth full-length, the highly anticipated ‘Ontological Mysterium’. Knox’s quote also encapsulates Horrendous’s approach to extreme metal. Since 2009, the band has capably tapped into the inaccessible by providing a fresh, unconventional take on death metal that harnesses technical brilliance with elaborate, mind-melding melodies, frothy, spewing vocals and labyrinthine song structures. This combination has made each Horrendous long play a clinic in the gratifyingly unorthodox. The trend continues on Ontological Mysterium.

The follow-up to 2018’s Idol was recorded, mixed and mastered at Subterranean Watchtower Studios in Virginia, which doubles as the homestead of guitarist/vocalist Damian Herring. While the band (completed by guitarist/vocalist Matt Knox and bassist Alex Kulick) finished much of the songwriting for Ontological Mysterium in 2019, its recording was delayed by the 2020 global pandemic and various life events. Horrendous eventually finished recording in early 2022 and mastered the album before the start of 2023.

The album upholds Horrendous’s position as one of the underground’s best outside-of-the-box extreme metal bands. Having long abandoned concern whether people would appreciate their “uniqueness,” Horrendous has embraced its role as a band willing to veer far from death metal conventions, intentionally stretching and breaking norms. To wit, the band primarily views its music as filtered through a death metal lens. This may be Horrendous’s defining trait: By not accepting parameters, nothing is off-limits.

Damian Herring – Guitar, Vocals
Matt Knox – Guitar, Vocals
Alex Kulick – Bass
Jamie Knox – Drums

Producer / Sound Engineer / Mixing / Mastering: Damian Herring at Subterranean Watchtower Studio, Arlington, VA, USA

Style: Progressive death metal

Cover art: Brian Smith

Pre-save: :  https://orcd.co/ontologicalmysteriumpresave

Pre-sales: https://redirect.season-of-mist.com/HorrendousShop

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