Today we have the privilege of premiering a full stream of legendary Boston hardcore punk/grindcore trio PSYCHO‘s fourth full-length album ‘Vulture Church‘, their second long player since reforming roughly a decade ago. By living in the moment with road-tested inside jokes, slices of everyday life, and engaging grind anthems we are presented with a holistic representation of what Psycho have been all about from 1981 ’til today, marking ‘Vulture Church’ as an impressive point of present day evolution — Decades worth of their classic signature without a second of it too beholden to the past and yet all in celebration of their four decades in action thus far. Drummer/co-vocalist Charlie Infection adds: “Recorded during the pandemic of 2020-2021, this album features some of our best songs written to date! Some of my favorites are songs that I wrote. ‘Rock Opera’ is four songs linked together… it was supposed to be influenced by Anal Cunt but turned out a little different than it started. ‘Uncle Buff’ is about my real-life brother and how his wife has his balls in a jar on their mantle. ‘Stressed out’ is about my everyday life; I am always stressed out with too many things to do! Come and celebrate with the band and worship at the altar of the Vulture Church.” and they’re not done just yet, as bassist Mike suggests: “We’re all excited to celebrate our 40th anniversary by releasing Vulture Church, our latest release on Selfmadegod! Eighteen trashy/thrashy tunes about our experiences touring the world and the people we meet out there and in our everyday lives. Written while on tour and recorded during the pandemic in our friend’s basement, we look forward to getting back on the road and playing and partying with you all real soon!”
Whether you are just discovering Psycho today for the first time or just now realizing these are the same guys who’d put out ‘Hosebags From Hell’ back in the mid-80’s, ‘Vulture Church’ is the best possible point of entry/re-entry back into their world. Scroll down to the Bandcamp stream below and let ‘Vulture Church’ be your way back!
Selfmadegod Records will release ‘Vulture Church’ on CD and digital platforms this Friday, September 24th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE. Thanks goes to the band, their representation and record label for the opportunity to share this album early.
Per the press release:
Celebrating forty years in existence, old-school Boston grindcore/punk act PSYCHO is back with their first new full-length in over six years… Vulture Church.
New England scene veterans PSYCHO present Vulture Church, the band’s fifth album amidst an extensive discography, and their second album released through Selfmadegod Records. Vulture Church rages with the band’s rapid and furious punk-infused grindcore mayhem, deploying eighteen tracks in under thirty-four minutes. The album was recorded at Lowell Street Studios Peabody, Massachusetts between February 2019 and February 2021, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Tom Hamilton, and completed with artwork by Corpz.
Diehards of old-school punk/grind acts Agathocles, S.O.B., Blood, Unseen Terror, Unholy Grave, Macabre, and Rot should come worship at the altar of PSYCHO’s Vulture Church.
PSYCHO has been shredding their way through the population since 1981. Formed as a punk band, the material simply grew faster and more extreme until it became the high-speed grind/thrash mutation their extensive discography of EPs, splits and albums reflects, never following current trends nor trying to make it sound technical. The band’s discography stretches back to 1982 with the release of their debut 12″ 8 Song EP. One year later they released Son Of 8 Song EP, three years later the debut LP, Hosebags From Hell, and two years later the follow-up You Love Us… You Hate Us… LP. Several EPs and splits with Anal Cunt, Agathocles, Meat Shits, Out Cold, Rot, Nasum, and more would drop throughout the ’90s. After a twelve-year stretch of silence, in 2008 PSYCHO released a double LP collection of early studio recordings as well as an eponymous CD/DVD. Selfmadegod released The Grind Years compilation CD in 2010, after which the band dropped two limited 7″ EPs before setting up to record their first new LP in over two decades, Chainsaw Priest, released through Selfmadegod in 2014. Having released several vinyl-only titles over the years since, PSYCHO is now back with their fifth full-length album, Vulture Church.
Vulture Church Track Listing:
1. South Of The Border
2. Drive 3
3. Stressed Out
4. Animal Boy
5. Bleeding Out
6. Vulture Church
7. Life Lost
8. Dead On A Mountain
9. Name Dropper
10. Transvaginal Mess
12. Rock Opera
13. Louder Than God
14. Sever The Sist
15. U.K. Joogler
16. Eye Of The Storm
17. Uncle Buff
Johnny X – guitar/vocals
Charlie Infection – drums/vocals
Mike – bass/vocals
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