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Everything Is Fire
3/0/2009

Of Fracture And Failure
0/0/2007
 
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Ulcerate Complete Work On New Album, Post New Tracks Online
December 11, 2008
New Zealand's tech death metallers, Ulcerate, have finished recording their new album, 'Everything Is Fire'. The band has posted 2 new tracks ("Caecus" and "Tyranny") on their MySpace page. Photos of the band tracking 'Everything is Fire' can be viewed at this location.

Scheduled for an early 2009 release, Ulcerate's second full-length album further refines and expands their work on 2008's 'Of Fracture and Failure'. Punishing, churning dissonance mixed with their trademarked sense of melody and textured rhythm work, coupled with a greater foray into mood and atmosphere.

An entirely bleaker effort than anything ever realised by the band, guitar lines swirl and evolve into one another, percussive patterns work in and around the melody lines while the band further develops the linear style of writing they've come to be known for. Frantic, desolate and emotive, 'Everything is Fire' straddles the divide between pure chaotic density and raw, natural tones, marking a breath of fresh air in the climate of over-produced, stagnant and clinical metal. 'Everything is Fire' represents a band with a wholly unified musical and aesthetic direction.

For more information on Ulcerate, visit www.myspace.com/ulcerate or http://www.ulcerate-official.com/.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2001
HOME TOWN: Auckland, NZ
MEMBERS:
Paul Kelland - Bass/Vocals
Michael Hoggard - Guitar
Oliver Goater - Guitars
Jamie Saint Merat - Drums

Originally a concept of Jamie Saint Merat and Michael Hoggard, together with the addition of vocalist Mark Seeney in late 2000, the foundation of Ulcerate was formed. Then under the moniker 'Bloodwreath', this line-up remained intact for all of 2001 whilst the band struggled to find a 'sound' both stylistically and compositionally.

Early 2002 brought a line-up change with the enlisting of guitarist Jared Commerer, and James Wallace to fill the now vacant vocal position - Mark having left to pursue his drumming. This new line-up brought a new level of focus to the band and work quickly began in constructing material that would later become the four tracks of the band's first recording effort. It was with this release that the decision was made for a clean slate beginning and so came the demise of Bloodwreath, and the subsequent rise of Ulcerate.

While it was fairly removed from Ulcerate's current sound and direction, this S/T 2003 demo proved to be a solid platform from which the band could evolve. It also helped garner a wider local appreciation with people beginning to recognise the style and songs. As it stands the tracks 'Subversive Supremacy' and 'Smash the Deceitful' are still popular regular inclusions in the current live set.

Throughout 2003 the band continued to build from the success off the S/T demo and by late November tracking was already underway for 'The Coming Of Genocide' EP. During this recording process Jared Commerer decided he wished to focus on his jazz bass playing and so chose to leave Ulcerate. Michael Rothwell joined soon after filling the void on second guitar left by the departure of Jared. Also at this time Ulcerate's first permanent bassist was enlisted in the form of Phil Kusabs.

For the second time in as many years local support for the band built rapidly off the back of a release - this time with 'The Coming Of Genocide'.

While 2004 proved to be a highly successful year with a solid line-up, by mid 2005 the decision was made to further refine the Ulcerate 'sound', and the band opted to move to a cleaner finger style bass approach, adding an extra dimension to the sound. Thus Paul Kelland was recruited with the departure of Phil Kusabs.

Early 2006 vocalist James Wallace departed, with Ben Read (ex-Kill Me Quickly, Misadventures in Self Surgery) filling his vacancy bringing an entirely different sound and a formidable set of lungs to the band on the eve of completing their debut full-length for Italy's The Spew records. The 2004 demo 'The Coming of Genocide' was also rereleased on The Flood Records, with 2003's self-titled demo included as bonus tracks and an interactive CD-ROM component.

In April 2006 Ulcerate signed with Dutch extreme metal label Neurotic Records, whose roster includes such notable acts as Spawn of Possession, Psycroptic, Visceral Bleeding and Panzerchrist among others. Their debut full-length 'Of Fracture and Failure', was released at the end of 2006.

Scheduled for an early 2009 release, Ulcerate's second full-length album further refines and expands their work on 2007's 'Of Fracture and Failure'. Punishing, churning dissonance mixed with their trademarked sense of melody and textured rhythm work, coupled with a greater foray into mood and atmosphere. An entirely bleaker effort than anything ever realised by the band, guitar lines swirl and evolve into one another, percussive patterns work in and around the melody lines while the band further develops the linear style of writing they've come to be known for. Frantic, desolate and emotive, 'Everything is Fire' straddles the divide between pure chaotic density and raw, natural tones, marking a breath of fresh air in the climate of over-produced, stagnant and clinical metal.

'Everything is Fire' represents a band with a wholly unified musical and aesthetic direction.