British / Irish death metal group DeathCollector have released their vicious new single ‘Mental Hedonist’, from their forthcoming debut album, Death’s Toll, to be released 23rd June via Prosthetic Records.
Also features members of Ashen Crown, Zealot Cult and more.
DeathCollector‘s vocalist Kieran Scott comments: “We are excited to show this side to our sound with ‘Mental Hedonist’! This song is about addictive narcissism, beauty industry standards, toxic fashion industry, projected delusion and forcibly altering one’s self mentally and physically to fit an image forced upon you against your own will, health and wellbeing and ultimately becoming addicted to being not yourself and gaining twisted escapist pleasure from it, this song has a more modern edge to it with our signature DeathCollectorsound. we want people reflecting upon the things we do to ourselves sold to us by charlatans delusion of betterment that have a fatal toll on our minds and body.”
Formed in 2021 as little more than a way to pass the time playing cover songs until life creaked back to normality, DeathCollector’s debut EP, Time’s Up, elicited considerable interest in the UK underground and caught the ear of Prosthetic Records. With their roots firmly planted in the scene that has supported them from the word go, DeathCollector are ready to branch out and show the rest of the globe exactly what they’re made of.
With a Bolt Thrower member in their ranks it would be all too easy to lean on the past and rely on name recognition and re-hashing a tried and true formula, but DeathCollector yearns for something more. Aiming to capture the fervent brutality of their live performance on record despite the physical distance between them, Andy Whale (Bolt Thrower/Darkened) decamped to Fordhouse studios to record the drums. Over in Ireland, Mick Carey (Zealot Cult) laid down his guitar parts with engineer Ciaran Culhane, whilst vocals and bass were recorded in home studios in the UK. The record was mixed and mastered by Gord Olson with the intention of creating something that was true to their principles: raw and unbridled.
The result is Death’s Toll; nine tracks of death metal that confidently bridges the old school with a more modern sound without losing any of its organic rawness. The hardcore and punk that influenced the original roots of death metal in the UK scene are flowing through the veins of the band, rounding out a sound that is as gritty as it is authentic.
Lyrically the album traverses the darkest contemplations on mortality; willful self destruction, addiction, and the mental and physical toll that life takes on us until death. DeathCollector sweep up the rot, filth, shame and weakness of humanity and funnel it into their scathing death metal offerings.
Andrew Whale – Drums
Mick Carey – Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Lee Cummings – Bass
Kieran Scott – Vocals