2018 would prove to be the year of both significant and positive change for Outliar. Thrash metal enthusiasts worldwide would reap the benefit of those changes in the form of “Taste The Blood” (release date: 7/16/2018). Fans will find the album as one that is incredibly focused, intense and mature which has helped put Outliar into the conversation with their peers that continue to take the thrash metal community by storm.
A brief history of Outliar shows the release of their debut album, Provoked To Anger (2012). The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me) in Winston-Salem, NC. Although the album was well received by those who heard it and featured a guest guitar solo recorded by the legendary James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Testament), the record left founding member Ray Currie (guitar) wanting to shift more toward the thrash metal style that influenced him more than any other genre.
In order to properly capture the intensity and aggression that “Taste The Blood” exhibits, the lineup would require a significant upgrade resulting in a complete overhaul. Enter Anthony Graham (vocals), Rick Ace (guitar), Cisco Rivera (bass) and Adam Hancock (drums). The solidified lineup would provide the fans with the live show that "Taste The Blood" demands, as well as help make their proper mark on the world of thrash metal. Further, it would securely place Outliar into a very different place than they’ve ever been before.
“Taste The Blood” showcases a performance primarily rooted in aggressive thrash metal, while continuing to showcase death metal influence. The album, overall, is far more aggressive and relentless when compared with their debut, which is immediately noticeable and consistent throughout the 10 song, 60+ minute journey. “Taste The Blood" features the incredible talents of guest guitar soloists Steve Smyth (One Machine, Forbidden, Nevermore, Testament) and Petri Kuusisto (Carnal Forge), as well as beautifully dark violin solos from Lyris Hung (Hung, Indigo Girls) throughout the 9+ minute instrumental found on the record. The band, once again, enlisted Jamie King to handle all recording, mixing and mastering duties for “Taste The Blood”.
The response to the release has been unprecedented for the band. Guitarist Ray Currie adds: “We’re extremely proud of this record. It’s clearly our most aggressive and relentless material we’ve ever written, and our fans seem to agree. Their reaction to this record has been truly unbelievable. Their support has given us opportunities that we simply never would have had without them and we can't wait to give them another record and see where they take us next.”
In support of "Taste The Blood", Outliar has been able to share the stage with Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Obituary, Power Trip, Revocation, Exmortus, Psycroptic, Gorod, Insomnium, Dark Tranquillity, Amorphis, Moonspell, Omnium Gatherum, Gatecreeper, Incite, Oceans Of Slumber and other national metal touring acts.
During the winter of 2020, fans can expect to see the release of an EP consisting of re-recorded and remastered songs from their debut, as well as the band entering the studio toward the end of 2020 to record their follow up to "Taste The Blood".
“Taste The Blood” is a thrash metal album that is sure to please fans who enjoy both the classic and modern thrash stylized sound from legendary acts as Testament, Death Angel, Kreator, Overkill and Exodus. “Taste The Blood” is available for purchase on all digital platforms, as well as CD format.
Photo courtesy of Fon Denton - Image That Photography (2018)
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