EP Stream: The Pandemic Couldn’t Kill Gorgatron’s Work Ethic (or Embryonic Cells)

We’ve featured this hard-working bunch of death grinders from Fargo, ND in this space a couple times over the years (here and here) and given that they kept on keeping on throughout shutdowns and lockdowns and emerged on the other side with new material, we figured we’d again tip our grungy limited edition Napalm Death baseball cap to Gorgatron on the occasion of their latest EP, Angry Reborn.

Set for release November 4th — that’s tomorrow! — the EP, which you can take for a whirl below, is comprised of two new tracks proper and a cover of Sepultura’s “Dead Embryonic Cells” which someone from the band says, “was one of the first fast thrash songs I ever learned way back in the early ‘90s. Arise is still one of my favourite records of all time. We started jamming on it in practice and then did it live and it was always a blast.” This quote isn’t attributed to any one particular member, though in actuality, it’s a quote that could have probably come from any of them, let alone anyone from any band anywhere because “Dead Embryonic Cells” hasn’t stopped ruling since 1991. 

About the EP itself, bassist Cameron Dewald says, “This EP is stripped down, raw and grim, especially when compared to our 2020 release, Pathogenic Automation. But that was the point. We spent a lot of time with Pathogenic Automation while simultaneously maintaining a relentless schedule of live gigs. We had finally set up the infrastructure for a consistent touring schedule and festival appearances. However, everything came to a halt in 2020. But we managed to take all that momentum and work ethic and steer it towards this EP. Originally, Agony Reborn was scheduled for a 2021 release, but we were apprehensive due to the ‘current state of affairs’ and uncertainty. Now that the world is back to a state of normalcy, we’re ready to tour and play anytime/anywhere, plus we have a new addition on lead guitar, Coop Schuh and we’re finishing up a new full length!”

And while you’re at it, check out the video for “The Unwilling,” one of the original tracks from the EP:

And while you’re at it, why not go check ’em out live:

11/3 Cincinnati, OH @ Legends *
11/4 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Ft. Wayne Metal Fest *
11/5 Akron, OH @ The Vortex Concert Club *
11/6 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire *
11/7 Fredrrick, MD @ Cafe 611
11/8 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Bridge Music Bar
11/9 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/10 La Crosse, WI @The Warehouse
11/11 Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music
11/12 Saint Paul, MN @ Northstar Bar
11/13 Saint Cloud, MN @ The Red Carpet
*with Pyrexia
12/1 Cancún, Quintana Roo
12/2 Cozumel Island, Quintana Roo
12/3 Mérida, Yucatán
12/4 Campeche, Campeche

More info, ordering and all that bingo-bango: