Due to bassist Derrick Ramirez's (DRAGONLORD, ex-TESTAMENT) unavoidable hectic schedule, he has been forced to cancel his participation in the upcoming debut album from OBLITERHATE, the brainchild of guitarist Calvin Chiang of the Singaporean death thrash metal band RASPATUL. The project, which is said to follow a "more brutal and intricate direction" than RASPATUL, features contributions from some of metal's legendary and highly renowned musicians.
Replacing Ramirez in OBLITERHATE's recording lineup is Terry Butler (SIX FEET UNDER, ex-DEATH, MASSACRE), who recently laid down all bass tracks for the CD, titled "Blessing In Disgust", at John and Donald Tardy's (OBITUARY) Redneck Studios.
Comments Butler: "It's a great honor to be part of something with musicians of this caliber. I would like to thank Calvin for offering me the chance to play bass for OBLITERHATE. He has written some amazing tunes for this release!! Describing the music, I would have to say that it is very heavy and riffy. There is a good mix of thrash and death metal. The lead work is amazing, the drums are crushing and what else can I say — Dan Swanö on vocals!!"
Adds Chiang: "Having such an amazing musician like Terry Butler involved in OBLITERHATE was EXACTLY what I needed for this band. Not only Terry had the solid groove nailed down to perfection, his work attitude towards this entire project was more than spectacular! Both of us spent several weeks discussing on the song structures and Terry treated the band like it was his own. He wanted to make sure he got every single note figured out before stepping into the studio. A true masterclass musician in every sense of the word!!! I would have no second thoughts to collaborate with Terry again if the opportunity arises in the future."
Calvin Chiang (RASPATUL) - Guitars
Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, ex-EDGE OF SANITY, BLOODBATH) - Vocals
Terry Butler (SIX FEET UNDER, ex-DEATH, MASSACRE) - Bass
Erik Sayenga (WARTHRONE, ex-DYING FETUS) - Drums
Mirai Kawashima (SIGH, NECROPHAGIA) - Keyboards
James Murphy (DISINCARNATE, ex-DEATH, TESTAMENT) - Guest Guitar Solo
Jeff Becerra (POSSESSED) - Lyrics
Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, DEMIURG) - Lyrics And Vocal Arrangements