I feel like it’s been a minute since we’ve had a deathcore one, so why not dust off the cobwebs with one of THE definitive deathcore albums? That’s right! WV038 is Monsters - The Righteous Dead!
For all the deathcore historians out there, this needs no introduction. It’s some of the most bouncy wary deathcore you’ll come across. Monsters existed in that post-Jerome, pre-Oceano space and really fleshed out and set a lot of the deathcore mainstays that we see in a lot of modern deathcore and deathcore we see today. It definitely skews on the more “core” side of deathcore, and is a fun counterpoint to a lot of the melodic and “death metal” focused deathcore from around the same period.
Righteous Dead hit a lot of check boxes for me with WV. It’s a rare, OOP CD and band that never had vinyl. They’re one of those bands that toiled in “obscurity” and never really broke out, even though they’re so star-studded. This is peak “real ones know” material, haha.
They later got picked up by False Prophet and put out a killer self titled album. But Righteous Dead will always be 0-0-0-0-0 breakdown goodness. Just menacing vocals, chugs, and just that Illinois energy. What were they putting in the water in 2008-2010 out there?
It’s a full LP of grooves, chugs and bass drops. If this doesn’t getting you in a mood about the golden era of deathcore, I’m not sure what will! I know you’re going to have fun in this one!
Art was once again handled by Ben Hoagland. The original doesn’t have a ton of identifying elements other than color scheme - I think he did a killer job of keeping that energy and modernizing it a bit!
Audio by Third Eye Studios. These tracks are sounding incredible, and wouldn’t it be wild if there was a bunch of hidden bonus tracks too? Weird!
50 Ignite The Underground (Wax Vessel Signature)
50 The Devil’s Hands Have Been Busy (Wax Vessel Signature)
50 Bounce (Wax Vessel Signature)
50 I’ve Pressed Everything
1.5x thickness Matte single pocket jackets
Double sided matte full color insert
Black polylined innersleeves
Gold foil numbering
Stuffed into polybags
This is probably as “deathcore” as I’ll ever go - I hope you enjoy it! I know this album was influential to a lot of you (and me too) and it’s just so fun to revisit this kind of core a decade later. It’s just good old fashioned fun!
I can’t thank Frankie and the guys in Monsters for letting me run with this. It’s such an important piece of deathcore history and doing releases like this is such a blast!
Preorders will be up Monday, March 15th at 1:00pm CST.