That’s right! Kicking it off is none other than the formative classic The Answer to Infection! It is my absolute highest honor to christen insta season with what is arguably one of the best melodic deathcore albums of all time.
It felt like in the early 2000s everyone was doing this “melodic riffs with no set song structure and also sick breakdowns” thing. As Blood Runs Black comes to mind as the most popular version of this, but that whole midwestern scene was overflowing with kids trying to figure out this new deathcore sound. A lot of people went more grind, some went more hardcore, but Cholera leaned in to the weedly riffage. This album has some melody, and absolutely was the best example in my opinion. If you like your deathcore early 2000s style with a bit of early metalcore flair, TATI is the one!
The big thing for me on this album is the vocal performance. A lot of bands were doing cool breakdowns, but Cholera was the frontrunner because of just sheer vocal prowess. The absolute range on this album is insanity. Not to be outdone, I think the guitar performances on this absolutely cement it as an early 2000s classic. It’s so unlike listening to modern deathcore – not a single repeating part, no choruses or anything. It’s that riff-built old school style with just the right amount of melodic shred. Drums are everything you want, and absolutely on par with the double bass performances you’d expect from the time. Everything about this album is just so “early” sounding. I absolutely love it!
With these OG CDs being out of print for some time, this body of work is absolutely a peak WV experience. All new art, incredible music remasters and the band is absolutely one of my favorites from the time.
It’s been such an honor to work with the Cholera boys on this. Everything is so intentional, and exactly what I was an Ohio boy and record collector would want to see for this release. The Dusty art, the Third Eye remasters, the Gotta Groove variants; I’m so happy with how these turned out, and I’m excited to show you your first taste of insta season!
Orders go live Friday, July 16th at 1:00pm CST and will be shipping immediately!