DESPISED ICON - Beast LP
Montreal based deathcore pioneers, Despised Icon, release their Nuclear Blast debut Beast. The album was produced and engineered by former guitarist Yannick St-Amand (Beneath The Massacre, Neuraxis) and mixed/mastered byAndy Sneap (Megadeth, Opeht, Nevermore). Artwork was created by Alexandre Goulet. For many extreme music fans, it may be hard to remember a time before Despised Icon, given the massive influence they've subsequently had on the genre. But when the group formed back in 2002 and released Consumed By Your Poison the same year, there was little intersection between the sounds of classic death metal and the brute force of hardcore. But Despised Icon were among the first to fully embrace the signatures of the traditional death metal formula combined with a relentless embrace of breakdowns, part of an emerging new sound. Now Despised Icon return with their newest opus. The genre-defining band is fully reawakened, poised to recapture the crown with the monstrous and merciless might of their potent expression. Featuring the men responsible for most of the band's now classic death metal catalog, Beast is a vicious commentary on the state of the world and the state of music itself.