Portland, Oregon based blackened doom/sludge metal band Viral Tyrant share new music video for »A Savage, Ensnared« taken from their upcoming debut album, »Vultures Like You«, set to release on July 21st, 2023 via Ripple Music.
01. The Felling Of The Doom Tree
02. Beloved And Beheaded
04. Beacon Omega
05. The Great Traverse
06. A Savage, Ensnared
07. Blunt Force And Sheer Ignorance
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Portland-based up-and-coming doom and sludge metallers Viral Tyrant unleash an epic and merciless third video taken from their towering debut album »Vultures Like You«, due out July 21st on Ripple Music. Watch »A Savage, Ensnared« now!
“There’s a new voice of doom echoing from dank halls all around the Rose City. (…) Viral Tyrant’s brand of heaviness pierces deep into the modern psyche, with razor sharp riffs, gruff vocals, and tales not soon forgotten.” – Doomed & Stoned
A new breed of sonic, sludge-laden force from the mixed temperate rainforest and concrete jungle of Portland, Oregon has arrived… With a love for all that is brutal and nerdy from Dungeons & Dragons to cult horror films, extreme metal and video games, and a shared hatred of dehumanization and groupthink. Viral Tyrant emerges as a powerful and compelling new voice, full of richness and cohesion, all with a unique sound drawing influences from classic Pacific Northwestern doom, sludge, thrash, black metal and grunge. Their sound encompasses a grounded new movement of Blackened Hardcore Psychedelic Sludge that isn’t often seen in today’s doom metal scene. Their goal is simple: spread their new strain of metal for all to enjoy.
Watch epic western-themed video »A Savage, Ensnared«!
Bassist and vocalist Casey Martin about the video: “When I approached the idea of lyrics for »A Savage, Ensnared«, I started with the way the song sounded. It reminded me of this lone warrior/gunslinger sorta character trope and ran with it. It was approaching the elections at the time and the Black Lives Matter protests were winding down here in Portland. I wanted to take the opportunity to write a protest song. I always thought that we need more messages of revolution and catharsis interwoven into our popular culture that reveal the truths of the world and not just a bunch of songs so focused on ego and shallow ethos. I wanted to instill a mood of pessimism and angst. Of frustration and anger. Of cathartic vengeance for freedom and human rights. I imagined a disembodied narrator like in the Conan The Barbarian film telling a tale that keeps repeating time and time again. The Everyman character of the song is inspired by the struggles of the disenfranchised and the working class from whom imperialism keeps the truth buried.”
The video was directed by Dark Sprite. New album »Vultures Like You« was mixed by Rob Wrong (Witch Mountain, The Skull) and mastered by Tad Doyle (TAD). Don’t miss their latest videos for »Blunt Force And Sheer Ignorance« and »Vosturan«!
Formed in 2018 by founding members bassist/vocalist Casey Martin and guitarist Dylan Fields, they were soon joined by local veteran of the heavy Portland scene guitarist/vocalist Eric Wallace (formerly of Blark, Facepilot, Rolling Through The Universe), Viral Tyrant immediately set out to write 4 songs and recorded at an old farmhouse outside McMinnville, Oregon. The outcome became their first and only self-released demo in 2019. In March of 2020, the band hit their stride and solidified their line-up with the addition of drummer Mitch Meidinger (formerly of Mammoth Salmon and Rolling Through The Universe).
With a forced break due to Covid-19, and after only performing a single gig with this powerful Lineup, the band took the time to craft an uncompromising vision of heaviness for their first LP, »Vultures Like You«. The band feels that they are now ready to take their place among the elite of heavy music and elevate themselves as a new, diverse and more vicious sound in the crowded landscape of modern Doom. Fast forward to present day 2023, having gone out on a full West Coast tour the previous Summer of 2022 reaching as far south as Oakland, California and as far north as Bellingham, Washington, Viral Tyrant is ready to expand beyond borders and share their unholy breed of doom to new horizons.
Inspired by influences from diverse sources, masters of early and contemporary Doom, Black and Thrash Metal, as well as psychedelic and prog rock, the band recorded »Vultures Like You« in the spring of 2021 with doom master Rob Wrong at his Wrong Way Recording studio and was mastered by Northwest grunge legend Tad Doyle at his Witchape Studio in Seattle. »Vultures Like You« is an album that will supersede anyone’s expectations for a debut full-length record, and also features original artwork from songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Eric Wallace.
Viral Tyrant is:
Dylan Fields – Guitar
Eric Wallace – Guitar/Vocals
Casey Martin – Bass/Vocals
Mitch Meidinger – Drums