As Oakland-based crust metal outfit Atrament – founded by current and former members of Vastum, Necrot, Mortuous, Abstracter, Moral Void, Black September, and more – prepares for the release of their Scum Sect LP later this month, Revolver Magazine has debuted the album’s gnarled “Spit On Mankind.” Scum Sect will see release through a coalition of underground labels including Sentient Ruin Laboratories, Caligari Records, and Blood Harvest Records.
Atrament delivers their demoralizing second album. Scum Sect, a thirty-minute offering of sprawling hostility and of marvelously regressed sonic barbarism. Fusing together crust/anarcho punk, black and death metal with classic Swedish d-Beat, Atrament draws influence from bands like Doom, Discharge, Deviated Instinct, Skitsystem, Craft, Darkthrone, and Dismember to instate widespread terror and summon total sonic warfare. Scum Sect was recorded at Earhammer Studios by Greg Wilkinson (Vastum, Noothgrush, Autopsy), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Vallenfyre, Full Of Hell), and completed with nightmarish artwork by dark surrealism master Stephen Wilson.
Revolver proclaims with the “Spit On Mankind” premiere, “this band fucking rips. Kicking off with a d-beat straight out of the Anti-Cimex playbook, Atrament settles into a black/death-influenced crust groove, roaring like a ten-ton tractor trailer driven by a man who plays a little too much Frogger. This is nasty, hateful, anti-social stuff, meaning fans of everything from Driller Killer, Martyrdöd, Wolfbrigade, to early Stockholm death metal take note – this is the band for you.”
Scum Sect will see release on LP, CD, cassette, and digital formats September 28th.
Formed by vocalist Mattia Alagna (Abstracter), guitarist James Meyer (Abstracter, Vale, ex-Moral Void, ex-Black September), bassist Sam Carr-Prindle, and drummer Chad Galey (Necrot, Mortuous, ex-Vastum), Atrament first appeared in 2015 with their infamously wretched two-song demo tape, following up the next year with their proper full-length album, Eternal Downfall, released in 2016 by Argento Records in Europe and Broken Limbs Recordings in the US. Eternal Downfall first introduced the full spectrum of Atrament’s bludgeoning sonic weapon: a maelstrom of incredibly dark, negative, and hateful crust punk driven by a barrage of crushing d-beat drumming and laced with the deadliest strains of primal death metal and of the most cancerous raw black metal.
Now, Atrament has re-emerged with Scum Sect, their most vile and malevolent music to date. Within the total chaos and endless destruction of these harrowing thirty minutes, the listener will face a world riddled with plague and torment that appears hopeless and torn as an utter firestorm of crashing d-beats, shrapnel-infused riffs, and abhorrent atmospheres is unleashed upon them with methodical hostility.
Thematically and lyrically with Scum Sect, Atrament covers themes of nihilism and misanthropy, rejecting humanity in its every aspect and embracing instead all the vermin, diseases, plagues and calamities which affect humanity and which it attempts to constantly destroy and fight in its own parasitic quest for survival.