CREEPING DEATH quickly ascended to the top of the modern death metal pile with sheer determination, single-minded focus, bludgeoning heaviness, and breakneck intensity.
Summoned forth from the fertile metal grounds of the Lone Star State, the DIY subculture bred miscreants of Creeping Death are staging their own sort of musical Alamo, entrenched with their fierce dedication to traditional death metal brutality and the fury of classic thrash.
Revolver Magazine declared Creeping Death an Artist You Need to Know, celebrating the band’s Specter of War EP as “simple and brutal, much like a baseball bat to the face.” No Echo was among the first to shine a light on the Denton, Texas band, admiring the sludgy guitar tones and riffing style of old school death metal and swinging pit-friendly groove.
Check out the latest single from the Wretched Illusions album, “Bloodlust Contamination”
The band’s blistering new full-length platter, Wretched Illusions, raises the stakes with undeniable and unrelenting anthems like “Bloodlust Contamination,” “World Decay,” “Corroded from Within,” and album opener “Ripping Through Flesh.” Each of the record’s ten tracks is a certified ripper, keeping those baseball bat swings coming, over and over.
Devotees of influential death metal merchants like Blood Red Throne (Norway), Gorguts (Canada), and Grave (Sweden) have a new American band to champion. Creeping Death draws liberally from the template set by those bands along with the speed of early Sepultura (Brazil) and the hammering epic crush of Bolt Thrower (England). All of these classic sounds are re-forged together and reflected through Creeping Death’s own fresh and unique prism.
Wretched Illusions is the kind of jaw-dropping rifftastic debut that could only come from road-hardened chemistry, a collaborative and improvisation heavy rehearsal space, and the lessons of two well-received EPs and a tape trading era nostalgic demo. Sacrament of Death (2016) and Specter of War (2018) were short bursts of aggressive pummeling that earned the band impressive festival slots and tours with Judiciary, Momentum, and Homewrecker.
Produced by close comrade Daniel Schmuck (Power Trip, Messengers, End Times) and mixed/mastered by burgeoning tastemaker Arthur Rizk (Ghostmane, Cavalera Conspiracy, Outer Heaven), Wretched Illusions is a confident missive of percussive bombast. It’s beyond Creeping Death’s already impressive early rumblings – it’s fast, challenging, and decisive.
A celebrated performance at Thrasher Magazine’s Death Match 2019 and a buzzed-about co-headlining tour with Fuming Mouth further demonstrated why MetalSucks encouraged readers to “Get Your Old School Death Metal Fix With New School Band Creeping Death.”