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Technical death metal band Psycroptic have dropped a new volatile single, Directive, and accompanying music video in anticipation of their upcoming seventh album As The Kingdom Drowns.
The groove-laden track is high octane metal all the way through, and drummer David Haley says the single was one of the band’s collective favorites from the new album.
“It’s not often we all agree on which tracks to include in the live set, but I have a feeling this track will be quite a regular inclusion for a long time to come.” As The Kingdom Drowns will be available to stream and purchase on 9th November. The music video was filmed in Tasmania earlier this year by filmographer Wilson Bambrick.
The album will be the first to feature new bassist Todd Stern, who replaced Cameron Grant just after the release of Psycroptic in 2015. Psycroptic was formed in 1999 in Hobart, Tasmania, with Haley on drums and his brother Joe on guitar. Joined by Matthew Chalk on vocals and Cameron Grant on bass, Psycroptic released their debut album, The Isle of Disenchantment, in 2001, followed by The Sceptre of the Ancients in 2003.
They found mainstream success in 2004 during their second Australian tour, which saw Chalk leave the band and be replaced by Jason Peppiatt to record Symbols of Failure in 2006.
Psycroptic went on to tour with death metal icons Nile in Europe and Cannibal Corpse in a Australia, before returning to the studio to record 2008’s Ob (Servant) followed by The Inherited Repression in 2012.
Their previous album, self-titled Psycroptic, peaked at 59 on the ARIA charts in 2015. The band has also produced a charity single, Echoes to Come, to raise money to protect Tasmanian Devils from extinction.