Philly Death Metal merchant, Fisthammer released it’s debut album, Devour All You See in January, and the rumble has already started. Produced by Carson Slovak at Atrium Audio and released through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, Devour All You See is the culmination of four years work.
The Pennsylvania quartet of guitarist/vocalist Max Svalgard, guitarist/vocalist Kevin Welsh, bassist David Jordan Bressler, and skins-crusher Danny Piselli formed in the winter of 2008. The band’s sound is a crushing display of extreme yet melodic technical death metal.
Devour All You See is the intense debut album from these devastating warriors of metal, full of brutality, passion and conviction. Apocalyptic lyrical themes (and even a track about familial cannibalism) complement the musical atmosphere, resulting in a grim barrage of despair with mind blistering riffs, intense blast beats, ripping solos and fierce vocals… killer!
This week Max Svalgard was kind enough to take us on a track by track journey through Devour All You See.
Razorwaves – “Razorwaves” was written about “The Great Flood of 1889” in Johnstown PA. It was a dam failure which caused 20 million tons of water flood the town. In the beginning of the flood’s path it destroyed Cambria Iron Works in Woodvale, PA which unleashed waves filled with barbed wire on Johnstown.
Aten: Fear the Obliteration of Earth – “Aten” is about the “ancient alien” concept of the Bhagavad Gita. If you read the Bhagavad Gita there are many instances where they are describing what sounds like a nuclear weapon attack, and so the theory is that the scripture is really a man writing his experience of aliens coming to earth and disintegrating a city. Although the song is mainly based off of the Bhagavad Gita there are almost identical stories all over the world, and the word Aten comes from Egyptian mythology which is the word for “The Sun Disk” god, Akhenaten when in rule made Aten the only god and if you look at the symbol for Aten it resembles a flying saucer.
Kull the Conqueror – This song is based on the movie Kull the Conqueror starring Kevin Sorbo. It is a movie about the battle between a man and his wife…..a demon queen. I was listening to a lot of black metal at the time and really wanted to write a fast melodic song and I was watching the movie with a guitar in my hands so I wrote the song while watching it.
Bullet Raped – “Bullet Raped” was pitched to me by our former guitarist Eric, he told me the title and said GO! So “Bullet Raped” is about a man with a sniper rifle on top of a building patiently waiting for this woman he knows to walk home so that he can penetrate her orifices with bullets and then end her life.
Berserkers – This is a song that was written many different ways until we settled on a final theme. Originally titled “Run to the Hills Part 2”, the song’s original lyrics had an unbiased glimpse on the two sides of war. After we opted for a different title, we chose to focus the subject on the Norse warriors. The Berserker fought to fight, and can be depicted as being good or bad.
Doom of the Gods – This song is about Ragnarök, the epic battle at the end of the world. The song is capturing what I think of as the main events of the tale such as the frost giants coming in their ships and Thor’s battle with the Midgard Serpent, and Odin’s fight with the wolf Fenrir. The reason that I chose this myth is because it is about what happens after we die. It means that no matter the choices we make, some fates are inevitable — we cannot escape them.
Harvest – I remember I was visiting my mom and her neighbors came over. They were talking to their kids about a story about two farmers, and how the farmers had worked hard on their crops and when their crops were harvested, and when they finally got to enjoy the fruit of their labor it tasted so much better because of how hard they worked. I heard that and I thought “man wouldn’t that be fucked up if people did that with their kids?” The idea is that you would raise your child to be lets say 12-17ish and then you eat them, and because you spent all this time raising them and feeding them specific things that way when you finally got to eat them they would taste amazing.
Zombocalypse — “Zombocalypse” is about the zombie apocalypse……the way you think about it is that all the humans are dead and have been dead for lets say 50 years, so the only thing left to eat is either other zombies or your own rotting flesh.When I think of zombies I think of cheesy special effects so I made the lyrics more cheesy then normal and I felt it fit with the zombie concept.
Cross the Lines In Blood — This song is about sacrificing a lamb and then cutting yourself to make a pentagram in blood to summon a demon, once the demon is summoned she tempts men to become rapists and serial killers so that the armies of hell can grow, so they can overthrow heaven.
The Resurrection of Bastet the Devourer — This song is based on the concept that Egyptian princes are descendents of gods.What happens in this song is that a prince hates the pathetic, weak and corrupt members of his bloodline, so he summons the ancient cat god Bastet to cleanse his kingdom of the impure.