Sludgecore leviathans MASTIFF have released their new single, ‘Vermin’, taken from their forthcoming album, Plague, which is set for release on 1 February 2019 via APF Records. You can now watch the video here:
Like a black mould that just won’t clean away, the UK’s premier misery spreaders MASTIFF have gained notoriety and applause from metal outlets worldwide for their abrasive blend of churning sludge and formidable hardcore, creating a release dominated by raw, unadorned aggression and volatility.
Plague is the band’s first full-length album on APF Records, and represents the misanthropic quintet at their most intense and unrelenting. Born of their disgust at humanity’s false nature, and the way in which our deceit and lies spread through social media, Plague is the culmination of a lifetime of frustration, hatred and sorrow, filtered through the most brutal and pummelling material MASTIFF have ever concocted.
Across eight tracks of mutable anger, raw power and bitter resignation, MASTIFF manage to capture the sound of a country in its death throes. From the opening blast of ‘Hellcircle’ to the apocalyptic finality of ‘Black Death’, the album is a work of nail-biting extremity, and finds the band veering wildly from Nails-esque grind into the depths of harrowing doom. The end result, a band that sounds like it’s trying to rip itself apart through music.
Plague follows on from the band’s 2016 debut release Wrank and 2017’s EP Bork. In addition to their critically acclaimed releases, MASTIFF have become revered for their rabidly heavy live shows, gigging extensively with an array of artists such as Agnostic Front, Crowbar, Iron Monkey, Conan andBiohazard plus appearing at renowned festivals such as Bloodstock, Deserfest London, Riff-Fest, Techfest and Dreadfest.
Catch the band live:
2nd Feb – Manchester UK: The Bread Shed (APF Records Showcase)
21st Feb – Coventry UK: The Arches Venue (supporting King Witch)
22nd Feb – Stevenage UK: Red Lion
2nd Mar – London UK: The Black Heart