October 18, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA - In advance of next week's release of their new Halloween/horror-themed EP “Legions of the Undead,” the thrash/death/shred quartet EXMORTUS has unveiled a play-through video of their rendition of Bernard Herrmann's “Psycho Theme.” Check it out at this location:
In addition to his work with director Alfred Hitchcock, Herrmann composed scores for such notable films as “Citizen Kane,” “Cape Fear” and “Taxi Driver.” He's best known, though, for scoring “Psycho,” which the American Film Institute ranked as the fourth-greatest film score of all time in 2005.
"Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' is undoubtedly one of the most iconic horror movies of all time, and not just for its story,” states EXMORTUS’ Jadran ‘Conan’ Gonzalez. “Bernard Herrman's harsh harmonies and melancholic melodies in the score translate so well to heavy metal, we couldn't resist putting our own spin on it. So, enjoy this shredder take of the classic slasher theme."
“Psycho Theme” is joined on “Legions Of The Undead” by two new original EXMORTUS tracks – “Swallow Your Soul,” which was inspired by “Evil Dead,” and the title track, which nods to the Dead Men of Dunharrow in “Lord Of The Rings” – and two other instrumentals: a neoclassical shred rendition of 19th Century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's haunting “Night On Bald Mountain,” and a cover of Danny Elfman's “Beetlejuice” theme.
Recorded earlier this year with longtime producer Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Immolation) at Oakland's Sharkbite Studios, “Legions Of The Undead” – the cover art for which was designed by Toha “AHOT” Mashudi – will be released on Oct. 25 via the band's own Exmortus Music in cooperation with M-Theory Audio. All digital pre-orders include instant downloads of “Swallow Your Soul” and “Beetlejuice.” Physical copies, meanwhile, can be pre-ordered on CD and limited-edition green slime-colored vinyl at this location: http://smarturl.it/exmortusofficial
“Legions Of The Undead” marks the first EXMORTUS release featuring the lineup – founding guitarist/vocalist Gonzalez, guitarist Chase Becker (also of Warbringer), bassist Cody Nunez and drummer Adrian Aguilar – that has logged numerous miles on the road together over the past two years with the likes of Obituary, Venom Inc., Sabaton, Kreator, Havok, Allegaeon, Hatchet, Homewrecker and The Absence. The group – whose most recent performance was alongside Exodus at the legendary thrash group's sold-out “Bonded By Con” concert during San Diego's recent Comic-Con – will support another iconic Bay Area act this fall, when they team up with Death Angel for a five-week tour across the U.S. and Canada. See below for the complete itinerary.
Founded by Gonzalez when he was just 12 years old, EXMORTUS released their debut album, “In Hatred's Flame,” via Heavy Artillery in 2008. After gaining additional acclaim with their 2011 sophomore effort “Beyond The Fall Of Time,” the group signed a three-album deal with Prosthetic Records in 2013. In support of that acclaimed trilogy of releases (2014's “Slave To The Sword,” 2016's “Ride Forth” and 2018's “The Sound Of Steel”), the band toured alongside some of metal's biggest names, including Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Abbath, Dark Tranquillity and Marty Friedman, earning extensive praise along the way for their live power, prowess and proficiency.
EXMORTUS on tour with Death Angel: Nov 13 – Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst (EXMORTUS only) Nov 14 – Chico, CA – Metal Shop (EXMORTUS only) Nov 15 - Bend, OR – Third St. Pub (EXMORTUS only) Nov 16 - Seattle, WA – Club Sur Nov 17 - Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater Nov 18 - Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theater Nov 19 - Edmonton, AB – Starlite Nov 20 - Calgary, AB – Dickens Nov 21 - Regina, SK – The Exchange Nov 22 - Winnipeg, MB – Pyramids Nov 23 - St. Paul, MN – The Amsterdam Nov 25 - London, ON – London Music Hall Nov 26 - Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace Nov 27 - Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar Nov 28 - Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey Nov 29 - Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles Nov 30 - Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Dec 1 - New Bedford, MA – Vault @ Greasy Luck Dec 2 – Waterford, NY – Chrome (EXMORTUS only) Dec 3 - Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Dec 4 - Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar Dec 5 - Richmond, VA – Canal Club Dec 6 - Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club Dec 7 - Tampa, FL – Brass Mug Dec 8 - Orlando, FL – The Haven Dec 9 - Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box (EXMORTUS only) Dec 10 - Lafayette, LA – Grant Street Dec 11 - Houston, TX – Scout Bar Dec 12 - Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live Dec 13 - Dallas, TX – Trees Dec 14 - Tulsa, OK – The Shrine Dec 15 - Enid, OK – 1927 Event Center Dec 17 - Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad Dec 18 - Mesa, AZ – Club Red Dec 19 - West Hollywood, CA – Whisky
“Legions Of The Undead” track listing: 1. Legions Of The Undead 2. Swallow Your Soul 3. Beetlejuice 4. Psycho Theme 5. Night On Bald Mountain