If you’ve lived in Seattle or anywhere in the PNW over the last 20-plus years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen one or more of the members of Vanishment in a previous/other band. This newish outfit features vets of Himsa, Hell Promise, Heiress, Lair of the Minotaur, Trial, North American Bison and more. Let’s just say this quintet—Rob Ropkins (vocals), Chris Wozniak (drums), Nate Baker (bass), Brian Johnson (lead guitars), Jeremy McAllister (lead guitars)—which is on the verge of issuing their full-length debut, No More Torture, is well-seasoned. Based on that pedigree, the music Vanishment play, may come as a surprise. The first single, “Door to Deceit,” rides a chugging South of Heaven Slayer vibe into a trad metal gallop and solidly hits that sweet spot between old school U.S. speed metal and full-on thrash. The vocals are more melodic than, say, Tom Araya, but Ropkins ain’t a Halford-esque screamer.
The eight-track No More Torture was recorded by the band in Seattle and mastered by Chris Hanzsek, an engineer/producer whose pedigree goes back to the earliest years of the grunge era. The band will issue it on CD and digitally via Dead Sage on March 5, but this first single (and the album) can be preordered here. “Door to Deceit” will also be available for streaming on the major platforms (Spotify, YouTube, Apple, etc.) this Friday, January 20.
Here’s what the band had to say about the new single:
“‘Door To Deceit’ is a song about greed, lies, evil from within, gaining from others losses, and accepting it as the norm. We chose this as the first track and single from our debut album because it represents our sound well. Like the album, it’s a rager from beginning to end.”
Vanishment live dates:
2/04/2023: Kraken Bar & Lounge – Seattle, WA w/ Sölicitör, Kömmand
3/05/2023: The Sunset Tavern – Seattle, WA w/ Jack And The Dull Boy, Plagiarizer