Formed by members of Spawn of Possession, Psycroptic and Space Raven, Mephistopheles comes out of the gate complicated. Actually, not that complicated, but perhaps different. The riffing of Ben Lawless squeaks, skronks, and pulls strange chords from the Netherverse. When he, drummer James “Blower” Excell, and bassist Sam Dowson lock, it’s like Dysrhythmia with a death-thrash disposition. And a vocalist. Frontman Matthew “Chalky” Chalk has one of the more vicious voices in death metal, really. Together, Mephistopheles is one of the more unique strains of sub-sub-sub-genres.
Matthew “Chalky” Chalk can barely contain himself, saying: “I’ve never been happier in any of my bands over the years than I have been in Mephistopheles. What we’ve put together is the freshest, most alive, most invigorating music I’ve ever been a part of and I cannot wait to show the world that Mephistopheles are here, we’ve got something new to say and we mean business!”
While Tasmania is known for scary shit like poisonous snakes, Tasmanian cave spiders, and Jack Jumper ants, it’s time they put their best foot forward with Mephistopheles. At the very least, Mephistopheles can make you deaf. Like this track, “Silver Doors,” off of sophomore album Sounds Of The End. It’s vicious, artful, and sonically different.
** Mephistopheles’ new album, Sounds Of The End, is out October 1 on Willowtip Records. It’s available HERE for pre-order direct from Willowtip. Buy or die! Or live and enjoy the fine death metal from down unda.