Man Must Die is a direct name for a direct band. The Scottish tech death band go for the throat with the intensity of grindcore, a la Aborted, Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, etc.
New single “Bring Me the Head of the King” wastes no time getting into ridiculous blasts, which continue throughout. That is, until the breakdown-esque section. However, in typical tech death fashion, it’s not the dumbed down chugfest often associated with the term.
Melodic elements peek through. The solo section is beautiful and takes the listener on a journey through its musicality. Hell, there’s even some pitched yelling, which could become their answer to Travis Ryan’s goblin screech singing. Again, intensity is the name of the game, so worry not about them going soft.
Guitarist Alan McFarland explains the new track.
“Our new single is a representation of the last year-and-a-half of frustration and isolation. We’ve channelled all the negative energy into something positive and ultimately cathartic.”
Another positive thing to come out of all of this is the launching of a new record label. Distortion Music Group is led by Kataklysm and Ex Deo vocalist Maurizio Iacono, who also runs/owns Hard Impact Music Management, Continental Touring and Decibel Touring.
The metal lifer discusses his first release—at least from the label side of things.
“I’m extremely excited to launch my own imprint today. Distortion Music Group is focused on the artist and development. What better way to celebrate this day with the release of Man Must Die’s new single ‘Bring Me The Head Of The King’? It’s a ferocious and powerful track coming from Scotland’s finest! I have been a fan of Man Must Die since their beginning. I’m honored to have them as part of our roster and growing family.”
Check out the family’s first not-so-home video below.
“Bring Me the Head of the King” will be part of a forthcoming Man Must Die release. For now, it can be snagged digitally.