North Carolina’s EUGENIC DEATH are set to release Under the Knife, a seven-track offering of pure, old-school thrash. The album marks the return of original vocalist, Keith Davis, who rejoins founding member Jonathan McCanless (guitar/bass) and new drummer Geoff Lapenta for the band’s first new release since 2012’s Crimes Against Humanity.
Heaven and Hell Records will release Under the Knife on March 15. Stream and pre-order the album at heavenandhellrecords.bandcamp.com/album/under-the-knife
A lyric video for the album’s title track has been posted at https://youtu.be/_tbo-KcpkiI
02. The Citizen Patrol
03. The Devils Tower
04. The Witching Ground
05. Hara Shiva
06. Aghori Sadhus
07. Under the Knife
EUGENIC DEATH was formed in late 2010 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The band name was chosen to draw attention to society’s overall view, mistreatment and neglect of the poor.
Jonathan McCanless (lead guitarist) had long desired to get his music into mass circulation and decided in late 2010 that the only way to accomplish this was to start a band with the most dedicated and talented musicians he could find. The natural choice for vocals was Keith Davis, whose voice is reminiscent of legends like Chuck Billy of Testament and Max Cavalera of Sepultura. Jonathan had previously been in another local band with Keith and knew his capacity for producing harsh sounding thrash vocals.
The other member of that original band was Shane Lucas, a bassist whose style is heavily influenced by Steve Harris of Iron Maiden. His creative bass parts harmonized perfectly with Jonathan’s guitars.
Unsure of where to find a drummer Jonathan turned to Keith and Shane to find the perfect fit. Keith immediately offered Ian Pasquini, from High Point, NC. Influenced by Mastodon, Slayer, and Dying Fetus. Ian earned his place as Eugenic Death’s first drummer.
In 2012, Eugenic Death’s debut album Crimes Against Humanity was released by Heaven and Hell Records. A year later Ian Pasquini parted ways with the band due to personal reasons. The following year Shane Lucas also parted ways with the band.
In 2014 the recording process for Eugenic Death’s second album Under The Knife began. Geoff Lapenta was recruited to perform drums on the album. Jonathan McCanless on guitars and bass, and Keith Davis once again on vocals.
The second album took four years to complete and was recorded in many different locations around the country, including The Lodge out of Indianapolis and Bunker Sound out of Chapel Hill, NC. Engineered by Steven Raets and John E Wooten IV. Mixed by Steven Raets and John E Wooten IV. Mastered by Steven Raets. Cover art created by Marija Vilotijevic, model: Courtney Simonds.
EUGENIC DEATH is:
Jonathan McCanless – guitar/bass
Keith Davis – vocals
Geoff Lapenta – drums