Nihilistic Bay Area crust punks Atrament (who feature in their ranks current and past members of Vastum, Necrot, Mortuous, Abstracter, Moral Void, and Black September) return with Scum Sect, a thirty minute sophomore offering of sprawling hostility and of marvelously regressed sonic barbarism. Fusing together crust/anarcho punk, black and death metal with classic Swedish D-Beat, Atrament draw influence from bands like Doom, Discharge, Deviated Instinct, Skitsystem, Craft, Darkthrone and Dismember to instate widespread terror and summon total sonic warfare. A must listen and own for any true fan of Wolfpack/Wolfbrigade, Skitsystem, Gehenna, Vallenfyre, Acephalix, etc.
Atrament first appeared in 2015 with their infamously wretched two-song demo tape, following up the following year with their proper full-length album Eternal Downfall, recorded at Earhammer Studios by Greg Wilkinson (Vastum, Necrot, Acephalix, Undergang, Noothgrush, Autopsy etc.), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Vallenfyre, Full of Hell) and released in 2016 by Argento Records in the EU and by Broken Limbs Recordings in the USA. Eternal Downfall first introduced the full spectrum of Atrament's bludgeoning sonic weapon: a maelstrom of incredibly dark, negative, and hateful crust punk driven by a barrage of crushing d-beat drumming, and laced with the deadliest strains of primal death metal and of the most cancerous raw black metal. The record met with praise by high-ranking publications like CVLT Nation, Metal Injection, Terrorizer Magazine and Invisible Oranges, with many lauding the band's clever, uncompromising, and highly lethal approach to primitive metallic punk.
Now Atrament have re-emerged with Scum Sect, their most vile and malevolent music to date. Within the total chaos and endless destruction of these harrowing thirty minutes, the listener will face a world riddled with plague and torment that appears hopeless and torn as an utter firestorm of crashing d-beats, shrapnel-infused riffs, and abhorrent atmospheres is unleashed upon them with methodical hostility.
Decibel Magazine and Revolver Magazine have both premiered a track from the album each, stating that Scum Sect is "just the latest vehicle for Atrament's black misery" a "new LP of d-beat destruction" -
While the nightmarish artwork which graces the work was once gain crafted for the band by dark surrealism master Stephen Wilson, Scum Sect’s monstrous sound and low end crush depth was achieved once again within the walls of Earhammer Studios in Oakland CA, the famed lair of sound engineer wizard Greg Wilkinson, while the pulverizing and thick as concrete mastering was achieved once again at Audiosiege in Portland OR by mastering guru Brad Boatright. Scum Sect is slated to release on September 28 2018 through Sentient Ruin (tape/US vinyl), Caligari Records (tape co-release), and through Blood Harvest in the EU (CD/EU vinyl).