Track Premiere: Teeth – ‘Prison’

Album Art: Paul Carrick

Hatred is a powerful force—a motivation for good, or evil, or even just getting yourself out of bed and through the day—and it’s a force that Teeth examine on their new album, The Will of Hate. Their first release since 2021’s Finite EP, The Will of Hate sees Teeth further hone their style of dark, dissonant death metal. Set for release via Translation Loss on August 30, Decibel has acquired the first taste of the album in the form of “Prison,” the third track on The Will of Hate.

As guitarist, vocalist and recording, mixing and mastering engineer Erol Ulug explains, “Prison” explores hatred in the form of self-loathing.

“’Prison’ is an exercise in acknowledging the inescapability of yourself,” Ulug tells Decibel. “Your habitual way of repeating the same thing over and over regardless of how you try and dress it up. How uninteresting you find yourself while trying to keep the mask tied around your head. How many times can I say the same fucking thing in different ways? How ridiculous is it that I can’t find anything else to speak on poetically? Is existence truly void and cold or am I just an asshole repeating myself to feel special? What a pain in the ass either way. There is truly no hidden gift in pessimism nor is there one in trying to make it seem interesting over and over. My viewpoint isn’t special, it’s just wordy and arrogant. As much as I stand by the things I say or pen, I acknowledge what a nuisance I am. I don’t fear death and the nothing that follows. So what? Who cares?”

On the new track, Teeth demonstrate their understanding of the genre by mixing the chugging, less-than-harmonic riffs with guitar solos that sound almost mournful. It’s a funeral for your potential, leaving you feeling depressed, frustrated and mad about it.

The themes on “Prison” are reflected throughout the band’s new album, as guitarist Justin Moore explains.

The Will of Hate is about the overall loathing that comes fastened to the burden of consciousness and its overwhelming awareness. The toilsome obligation of mortality that follows that. The beginning and the end being understood making the meaninglessness in between suffocating.”

Dig into “Prison” below. You can pre-order The Will of Hate here.