HEADSHRINKER – The Burn Of Indifference (w/ HAVOK drummer Pete Webber)
Album: HEADSHRINKER – Callous Indifference (out August 20th!)
Genre: New Old School Death Metal / Progressive Death Metal / Black Metal influences / Death / Doom
Location: Denver, Colorado 🇺🇸
For fans of: Pyrrhon, Ulthar, Tomb Mold, Dismembered, Diskord
For as long as death metal has been around, gore and physical death have maintained their place as topics used ad nauseam. In recent times, the mind and how we are all destroyed from within continues to gain further ground as a more fertile and relatable subject matter to ground death metal within. It’s in this vulnerable and soul-destroying terrain that Colorado-based death metal newcomers Headshrinker draws from to create their stunning debut album, Callous Indifference. Set for release on August 20th.
Although the Denver-based outfit is a new act, having only started in 2017, three of its four members have spent years honing their craft in the critically praised unconventional Chicago-based death/black metal group Polyptych. With the lineup on Callous Indifference rounded out by the considerable skills of Havok drummer Pete Webber. Together the group’s incredibly gifted members spew out dark and crushing death metal and death/doom filtered through the many eras and styles of extreme metal. First and foremost, old school death metal made anew, in ways comparable to Diskord, Ulthar, and Tomb Mold. Secondly, with the addition of black metal elements sprinkled throughout the music on Callous Indifference, inspired by groups cited by the band such as Voices, Emperor, Shining, and Dark Fortress.
Lastly, and most importantly, Callous Indifference is imbued with a Pyrrhon-esque deconstructed approach that colors all of the album’s songs with a distinctly unorthodox and unhinged quality. The end result makes for an intense and unique album that charts its own course, and in the process fully delivers on its vision of creating suffocating death metal that embodies the steep toll mental health issues extract from each of us.
Headshrinker – Callous Indifference is highly recommended for fans of bands such as Pyrrhon, Ulthar, Tomb Mold, Dismembered, and Diskord. Given their wide range of influences across multiple genres, the group also cites further influences ranging from Akercocke, Triptykon, Celtic Frost, and Chelsea Wolfe among others.
Headshrinker – Callous Indifference Line-Up
Young Werther – Vocals, Guitar, Synths, Extra instruments (Polyptych, Closed Casket, ex-Austaras)
Pete Webber – Drums (Havok, Nuclear Power Trio)
Scott Skopec – Guitar (Polyptych, Into Hell, Brazen Tongue)
Frank Lato – Bass (Polyptych, Endmember, Marrowomb)