Midwest blackened death/grind hybrids Immortal Bird have announced the release of their debut full-length and follow up to their 2013 Akrasia EP. Titled Empress/Abscess, the five-track album was recorded with Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, etc) and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston. The EP will feature a guest appearance by John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos and will see drummer/vocalist Rae Amitay switching to a full-time position as vocalist. She elaborates:
“I’ve stepped away from drumming duties and enlisted our live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom). Essentially, I had to set my ego aside and determine what was going to be the best for this music. [Guitarist] Evan [Berry] and I wrote some incredibly challenging material for Empress/Abscess, and Garry had been playing it live for months, whereas I’d been focusing a lot of my drumming energy on the newest Thrawsunblat album. My chops are in a very different place than they were when we recorded Akrasia and it would take me a week in the studio to do what Garry can accomplish in two days. Having him behind the kit saved us time, the finished product is stronger, and I was able to delve into the vocal performances and lyrics with my undivided attention. Will I play drums on future Immortal Bird albums? It’s entirely likely, but for Empress/Abscess, I passed the sticks over to the best person for the job.”
An official release date is still pending, but Empress/Abscess is expected to drop sometime in June. The band will also be embarking on their “Western Migration” tour later this month. Those dates can be found after the break.