Premiere: Engulf reach riff supremacy with ‘Bane Of Fire’


One-man riff machine Engulf (Hal Microutsicos) is back with the final installment in his omnipotent death metal triptych.

Seems in modern life we don’t get the opportunity for closure as often as we’d like. Just look at the news on any given day to see proof. Actually don’t do that, it’s always shithouse. Today we’re gonna buck that trend. Today we get to finish something we started way back in 2017. We’re going to be rolling up the scroll for Engulf‘s EP trilogy, with the announcement and premiere of the first track from Transcend.

Scheduled for release on September 20th through the demons at Everlasting Spew Records, Transcend brings the thumping technical brutality we’ve come to expect from Hal and more. The track we’ve got for you today (‘Bane Of Fire’) is the perfect introduction to the EP’s darker shade of death. The red-hot riffing and pulverising percussion are still as potent as ever, but the overall sound has been imbued with extra malevolence courtesy of some extremely deft lead layering. His heavily palm-muted blows are contrasted perfectly by note-warping tremolo bends as ephemeral as they are empyreal. Now I don’t normally like to make these kinds of assertions about art but I think it’s pretty fair to say that if this had Morbid Angel‘s logo on it the overwhelming majority of the metal press gallery would go into meltdown over how fucking phenomenal it sounds. In case you (a) somehow missed his last two offerings, or (b) think that’s hyperbole, hit play below and apologise in the comments.

Here’s what Hal had to say about the upcoming release –

A continuation of the story arc introduced by the Gold And Rust EP, Transcend follows our human protagonist through an out of body experience in which he witnesses the three otherworldly entities as they travel to earth through portals unknown to execute ‘the event’

Engulf’s Transcend releases on September 20th via Everlasting Spew Records
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