Spreading the Disease breaks out with Viral EP
Spreading the Disease is a contemporary extreme metal band based out of Dover, in Kent. Conceived in 2014 by bassist Steve Saunders, the members of the band were carefully chosen to create the quintet’s aggressive yet melodic sound. The first implement of destruction came in the form of drummer Edd Saunders (no relation–at least not one they’ll admit to). The Saunders rhythm section cements the foundation for the band’s wrecking ball attack.
The duo tapped guitarists Julian Riqeulme and Martin Osborne next. The latter laying down the driving riffs for the former’s fret pyrotechnics. The final piece of the puzzle came in the form of frontman Adam May, whose brutal vocal raging sets the tone for the signature Spreading the Disease attitude.
Spreading the Disease tap into a myriad of influences, but seem to hit most heavily into the groove-driven style of band’s like Pantera, Sepultura, Killer Be Killed, Machine Head, and even some Slipknot flavors.
This month, Spreading the Disease has unleashed its debut EP, Viral, which contains four blistering tracks of balefully propulsive metal. From the cranium-crushing opener, “Bulldozer”, to the brooding menace of the closer, “Lost Generation”, Viral hits like a sledgehammer. Whether it’s the chugging neck-snapper, “Evolution” or the full-frontal ferocity of “F.U.C.K.U.”, each track pulses with its own punishing aggression. The EP is packed with fantastic riffs, spiraling leads, and no shortage of beastly stick work. May’s caustic vocal delivery balances the fine line between well-executed enunciation and guttural chaos.
While each track on Viral plays well with the others, each has its own dynamic sense of purpose: There is continuity without the repetitious monotony so many new bands fall victim to. Spreading the Disease has forgone putting its best foot forward, choosing instead to kick down the door and step on your throat. Viral represents a solid and promising opening salvo.
Find Spreading the Disease on Facebook, and check out “Bulldozer” below: