Chicago’s LIKE RATS triumphantly return to the frontline with their third full length titled, Death Monolith. With 8 songs and nearly 40 minutes of pure, pummeling death metal combining angular, vicious riffage with groove-ridden, blasting beats and chill inducing, visceral death growls to create a supreme sonic experience.
About the release of “Death Monolith”, LIKE RATS vocalist Dan Polak comments:
“It’s been a nice few years worth of work writing and finally recording this batch of songs – which we are grateful to have now on wax, cassette AND the virtual world. It keeps us stoked to have people listen and dig what we are doing. Being able to make these songs and sometimes travel/play gigs and hang with friends is what it’s all about for us. Hanging with friends, at the moment, isn’t all that possible in this Age of Quarantine but now is the moment to really ask what is important. If you have work to do, do it (safely…) and if you need to re-figure your life out, now is a better time than ever to look within. It is important to always be creative and seize whatever opportunity may arise. Think outside the box.”
“Death Monolith” has received monumental acclaim from Decibel Magazine, Metalsucks, Metal Injection, CVLT Nation, and more.
Album info and track listing can be found below.
LIKE RATS comments, “Death Monolith is an attempt to combine the lowly, violent aspects of our primitive nature with the horror and awe that we feel when confronted not just with death, but with our place in the cosmos.”
Death Monolith explores themes of obsession, love, loss, depression, and sociological commentary on the human condition. Vocalist Dan Polak comments on the lyrical themes in the album, “Underneath, or rather looming above in the heavens, is the connective theme of our awareness of the fragility of this existence and that we are very small on a cosmic scale.”
LIKE RATS formed in 2009 with the goal of exploring the sounds of death metal and thrash from the era before “death metal” became a codified genre. “Death Monolith is our contribution to this human need for creation”, comments guitarist Todd Nief. “It is the sound of terror at our place in the universe and the chaos and disorder that makes up our lives, and awe at the overwhelming beauty that we experience.”
The album positively reflects the bands long history with hardcore and death metal creating their most gripping and extreme album to date. Recorded and mixed by bassist Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording (Homewrecker, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Full of Hell, Tragedy), with Death Monolith, LIKE RATS have not only created their best release to date, but have established themselves as a formidable force to be reckoned with in the death metal underworld!
1. World Devourer
2. Ashen Rain
3. Foul Wind
4. Death Monolith
5. The Omega Equation
6. Crimson Cosmos
8. Land of Gloom
Recorded and engineered by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording in February/March 2019
Album artwork by John Regan / Hand of Doom.
* Photo by Peter Cook
LIKE RATS is:
Drew Brown – Drums
Andy Nelson – Bass
Todd Nief – Guitar
Dan Polak – Vocals
John Regan – Guitar