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You pretty much know from the get-go the kind of slimy swamps you’re treading on with a band called Church Of Disgust, don’t you? Filthy, downtuned and underground death metal, following in the tradition of the dirt-drenched Texan scene, except that technically speaking, half of this quartet now resides in Florida. But it’s just a detail, says their vocalist and guitarist Dustin James who recently moved to Tampa: “It’s a pain in the ass yeah, but we make it work, as it pushes us to work that much harder at it. We have to plan our shows well in advance, to schedule extra time to rehearse as a full band beforehand. For recording the album, the Texas guys made the journey to Florida and stayed about two weeks to record and do a few shows, so it can work with careful planning.” After a debut ‘Unwordly Summoning’ recorded as a two-piece in what they then called “a subterranean spare bedroom,” (basically their guitarist Joshua’s basement in San Marcos, TX) the new offering ‘Veneration Of Filth’ was done in their new drummer’s home-studio in Tampa “with an all-around better approach and confidence in the new (de)compositions. And while on our debut the room we recorded in contributed a lot of natural reverb and a more cavernous sound, ‘Veneration…’ was recorded with better equipment and sent off to Finland to be mixed and mastered.” Like on their first album, besides guest vocal appearances by Sewercide’s Tobi Zama, Disevered’s Jamie Stewart and former Nocturnus and Morbid Angel’s Mike Browning, most of their lyrics were inspired “by the morbid writings of contemporary horror fiction writer, Brian Keene,” as underlined by its gruesome cover artwork created by Putrid Matt “to whom we gave full artistic freedom. We wanted some really vile shit, a gross swamp-dwelling bastard being revered and given sacrifices. The vinyl release will actually expand on this much more and Matt came up with a truly sick piece of art!”

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There are only a handful of bands that I absolutely love, have really made a massive impact in my life and, ultimately, don’t let me down when it comes to live shows, recordings or attitudes to life. The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of those bands and it’s an honour to have them grace the cover for the second time while I steer the good ship Terrorizer. I have fond memories of TDEP – from the first time I Interviewed them for another metal magazine in their early days, right through to the last show I recently saw of theirs at the Old Blue Last in London at the tail end of the Summer. Always faultless, it’s safe to say they are going out on a high and while few bands will ever step up to the plate like Dillinger do every night, their legacy and recorded output will last forever, and for that we should be thankful. Kevin Stewart-Panko first interviewed them for these sacred pages, so it was only right that he should interview them one final time. I hope you enjoy his (and the bands’) words and do crank out their new album at the same time – it’s nothing short of breathtaking. Until next month… Darren Sadler