Photo by: Marcus Marino
Official press release:
Crossover thrash metal outfit and recent MNRK Heavy signees Rhythm of Fear will unleash their first new full-length album in five years with Fatal Horizons on October 14th, today revealing the record’s cover art, track listing, first single, and pre-orders!
Rhythm of Fear worships at the altar of thrash metal and crossover. Summoned from the sadistic swamps of Jacksonville, in the heavy metal-rich soil of the state of Florida, the masters of gargantuan groove conjure a reverence for the form unrivaled by their peers. Committed to unrelenting riffage, Rhythm of Fear gleefully reinvigorates the timeless collision of speed, musicianship, and attitude.
Unapologetic bangers like “Dark Energy” and “Ten Theories” quickly became underground classics to a growing legion of like-minded supporters who snapped up the band’s 2011 demo, the Mass Illusion EP (2015), and full-length debut, Maze Of Confusion (2016). The appetite for devastation only intensified with the Ritual Dementia EP (2019), featuring “Vortex Of Torment”, and Rhythm of Fear impassioned take on “Over And Out”, a deep cut from the early power metal years of Pantera.
Now the band threatens to conquer the hearts and minds of all in metaldom with the vitriolic, thrashtastic, circle-pit-inciting Fatal Horizons, a sophomore slab of cleverly crafted crossover frenzy. Produced, engineered, and mixed by Joey Jones (Royal Thunder, Cloak) with sci-fi/horror artwork from Mario Lopez (Toxik, Skeletal Remains, Evil Invaders), Fatal Horizons’ thirteen-tracks are richly thematic and devilishly accessible in equal measure.
With the record’s first single, the aptly titled “Tears of Ecstasy” now playing at Decibel Magazine, the band gleefully reinvigorates the timeless collision of speed, musicianship, and attitude. The track is loosely based on Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, and holds nothing back while racing forward in a full-frontal assault.
Comments the band:
“When writing the music for ‘Tears Of Ecstasy’, we felt we had a song that took us in a new direction. We were careful not to force anything but allowed ourselves to naturally flow into the overall vibe. When we felt the structure was ready for lyrics we took inspiration from Hellraiser. We summoned the spirit of the Hell Priest himself while channeling our inner Cenobites and put together some words of violence, aggression, and seduction. It’s a little homage to a favorite film of ours while asking the age old question: ‘are you willing to die for pleasure?’ Are you?”
Fatal Horizons will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find pre-ordering options at this location.
Fatal Horizons track listing:
- “Alien Synthesis”
- “Disintegration of Reality”
- “Fatal Horizon”
- “Atrocities Beyond the Structures of the Mind”
- “Insidious System”
- “Self Destructive Brain”
- “Dissolution of Time in Space”
- “Simulated Times”
- “Tears of Ecstasy”
- “Oath Made in Hell”
- “Ceremony Of Sacrifice”
9/03 Jacksonville, FL – Archetype *
9/04 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug *
9/07 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub *
9/08 Savannah, GA – Lodge of Sorrow *
9/20 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall ^
* = w/ Fulci
^ = w/ Exoodus, Death Angel
Rhythm of Fear is:
Jay Santiago – vocals
Cody James – guitar
Justin Styron – bass
Logan Miano – drums