Pittsburgh extreme metal band Signs Of The Swarm have garnered a deserved amount of hype in the last few years, and the band has officially detailed their upcoming album. The new record, Vital Deprivation, drops October 11th via Unique Leader Records, and the band has debuted a new song to go alongside it. “Tempting Death” also features former Lorna Shore // current Chelsea Grin vocalist Tom Barber.
Notably, the album will be the first SOTS record to feature new vocalist David Simonich, who replaced CJ McCreery in what was one of the weirder vocal switches in modern metal. For the uninitiated, the “food chain” of sorts happened when Chelsea Grin frontman Alex Koehler left the band last year, Lorna Shore’s Tom Barber joined CG as their new vocalist, and wait – that’s not all. CJ McCreery then departed SOTS to join Lorna Shore (a match made in heaven), and then SOTS recruited the new vocalist in David. It’s a lot to wrap one’s head around, but it seems to have worked out alright for all bands involved.
With both bands fresh off well-received 2017 albums, the time is right for a Lorna Shore and Signs Of The Swarm tour. The full list of dates can be found below, and Lorna Shore has also joined the Rings Of Saturn headlining tour, which conveniently routes right after their headliner is done. Three cheers for good booking agents.
Much like the city they hail from (the Steel City, Pittsburgh PA), recent Unique Leader signees Signs Of The Swarm are, well, swarming the masses with their destructive blend of deathcore, slam, hardcore, and blistering death metal. Not nearly content to be just a pigeonholed deathcore band, what Signs Of The Swarm are doing on The Disfigurement Of Existence is worth noticing and listening to.
If you don’t believe me, their video for “Cesspool Of Ignorance” (which you can stream below) captures everything the band does well – technical drumming, bone-breaking guitars, and certainly a pretty insane vocal performance. If you’re a fan of death metal, deathcore, slam, or almost any extreme metal genre, SOTS needs to be on your radar. Don’t sleep. The Disfigurement Of Existence drops November 3rd.