Having inked a deal with Los Angeles based Prosthetic Records, Nottingham, UK-based Outergods are preparing to release their debut album, A Kingdom Built Upon The Wreckage of Heaven, this September.
The formative months of the band were marked by separation as they wrote what would become their first full-length release throughout 2020. Finding a route towards escapism, founding members Nathe Sinfield (Lost Outrider) and Sam Strachan (Raised By Owls) realised that many of their personal struggles and anxieties were being channelled into the writing process. In the face of inner turmoil and an uncertain world, the pair found solace in their love for extreme metal – in particular ‘90s death metal – and set about creating an album that recreated the adrenaline and obnoxiousness of the albums that helped shape their own tastes.
The resulting songs fuse together elements of death metal, black metal and grindcore – blending their abrasive early influences such as Morbid Angel and Strapping Young Lad with the intensity of more modern, expansive but intense bands like Full of Hell. A Kingdom Built Upon The Wreckage of Heaven was self produced, and stays true to their DIY ethic and underground attitude. The album was mastered by friend Kristofer Strandberg, and the album’s cover art was crafted by Nathe’s brother, Tim Sinfield.
A Kingdom Built Upon The Wreckage Of Heaven will be released via Prosthetic Records on September 1st. Ahead of the release date Nathe Sinfield (guitar, electronics) speaks to Echoes and Dust about 3 releases that have influenced him a lot.
Photo credit: Tom Kellly
Morbid Angel – Covenant
Morbid Angel was one of the first death metal bands I got into, and Covenant is the album I go back to the most. The production, album art, lyrics, riffs, and layout of the songs are perfect. Songs like ‘Lion’s Den’ and ‘Rapture’ are some of the songs that inspired our album, even down to some of the guitar effects I used.
Strapping Young Lad – City
When I first listened to this album it felt like the album I had been waiting to hear. It’s perfect from start to finish and the layers of sounds Devin Townsend uses in his music are blended in so well. I love experimenting with different sounds and samples in my music and I knew from the start that I wanted to do that with Outergods. Devin Townsend has been a massive inspiration for me, basically!
Hate Eternal – King Of All Kings
I remember first hearing this album and immediately feeling the pure rage of each song. Erik Rutan truly is an iconic musician and the way he plays around with riffs and menacing chords is very inspirational. His production style was also an inspiration for me when producing this album, as was Devin Townsend.