In a random pop quiz about the most metal state, your answer probably would not be Ohio, but after you stream the new split between From the Hellmouth and Mutilatred, you’ll probably consider changing your response. Two death metal machines hailing from Cleveland and Toledo respectively, the eight songs on the split are straightforward death metal. No frills about it.
The collaboration seems to be a natural one formed from mutual connections and playing live together.
“When Thomas [owner of Redefining Darkness Records | Seeing Red Records] approached us about doing a split with Mutilatred, we jumped on it,” says From the Hellmouth bandleader Noah Buchanan. “We’ve played a few shows together between our two cities, and we really dig their style! This was also the first opportunity to feature the new lineup on a recording. When I did the first EP, I played all the guitar, and Alan Cassidy (The Black Dahlia Murder) handled the drum duties. Now with this new split EP release under our belts, the lineup is solid – We all have something to be proud of.”
“We played with From the Hellmouth a few times and love seeing them live,” Mutilatred drummer Clay Lowe adds. “Plus we are essentially label mates with Seeing Red Records being a subsidary of Redefining Darkness Records. When presented the chance to make a split with them, we were all about it! Our styles of death metal mesh well together, and that is somewhat difficult to find in our region. We recorded our portion of the EP at Lake Bottom Studios in Toledo with the approach of making the album sound raw and as true to our live sound as possible. Hope everyone digs it!”
Stream the pulverizing split below, and head Redefining Darkness Records’ Bandcamp to pre-order the album.