'80s Boston punk metal pioneers POST MORTEM have just released a new album, "Message From The Dead", via the band's own Taboo Productions.
Formed in 1982 in the outskirts of Boston, POST MORTEM's early releases pre-date virtually any of the major death metal albums often cited as the first U.S. death metal classics. Their rampant tongue-in-cheek meets fist-in-face style of gutsy, punk-infused death-thrash took unsuspecting listeners by storm and the band instantly amassed countless new fans, as well as legions of haters and enemies. With an exceedingly lengthy roster of demos and releases, shows played and fights they've incited over the years, POST MORTEM are easily one of the most influential godfather acts of the extreme metal world.
After several lineup changes, massive internal battles within the band and with their fans, POST MORTEM went on "indefinite hiatus" for most of the '90s. Eventually they reformed in 2003, and began to record a full new album with the same lineup as their classic 1986 "Coroner's Office" release. Unfortunately the band's fun-loving but antagonistic front man John McCarthy died suddenly of a massive heart attack just two days before his vocal sessions were to begin, and the band and album instantly ground to a halt.
After spending years on the project with McCarthy, POST MORTEM guitarist John Alexander struggled with ways of completing the album not only for the fans who wanted more POST MORTEM, but also as a final tribute to their fallen brother. After countless ideas, and endless support and help offered from dozens of friends and other bands, plans were finally put into place. Utilizing the scathing vocals of SIGH's Mirai Kawashima for the entire record, as well as guest appearances from Seth Putnam (ANAL CUNT; also POST MORTEM alumni), Mike Perun (CIANIDE), Alex Bijazic (DEVASTATION), Mike Keller (SACRIFICIAL BLOOD) and several longtime friends of the band, "Message From The Dead" was completed early this year.
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