VATICAN's Ache Of Eternity was recorded by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business (Advent, Torch Runner, Red Death, Joy) in May of 2017, after which it was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Xibalba) and completed with artwork by Spencer Guerrero and photography by Nathan Fitzgerald. While some tracks meld corrosive vocals somewhere between Zao, Caliban, and Carcass, with the unhinged aggression of Martyr A.D., the barely-controlled chaos of Converge and Burnt By The Sun, the groove of Machine Head, and the bloodthirsty beatdown of One King Down, others open the heart as much as the pit, a la Poison The Well and It Dies Today.
No Echo has posted an interview with VATICAN alongside the public debut of the EP's bruising "Boundless Image," describing the band's sound as, "'90s-styled chaotic metalcore in the same spirit as Harvest, Time's Up, and Disembodied."
Hear VATICAN's "Boundless Image" at No Echo at THIS LOCATION.
See the recently-released video for VATICAN's anti-suicide anthem "Slit Of Creation" at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Ache Of Eternity will see release through Sorrow Carrier Records on August 25th; preorders for the record's three color variants - black with screen-printed b-side, red with black smoke, and purple - are now posted HERE. The band also has a limited tour edition of the vinyl with them on the road, though supplies are dwindling as they've almost sold out after just one show.
VATICAN is out on tour advancing the release of the new EP, having kicked off their new trek at a This Is Hardcore pre-show supporting All Else Failed. The tour sees the band currently out with Absolute Suffering, Strength Approach, and Momentum through August 6th, after which VATICAN and Momentum will continue in support of Breaking Wheel from August 8th through August 16th.
VATICAN w/ Absolute Suffering, Strength Approach, Momentum:
7/31/2017 The Flying Dutchman - Roanoke, VA
8/01/2017 Morning Glory Coffee - Wilmington, NC
8/02/2017 The Golden Pony- Harrisonburg, VA
8/03/2017 The Anvil- Altoona, PA
8/04/2017 Sugar City- Buffalo, NY
8/05/2017 Fuze Box- Albany, NY
8/06/2017 American Legion- Florence, MA
w/ Breaking Wheel, Momentum:
8/08/2017 Championship Bar- Trenton, NJ
8/09/2017 Sidebar- Baltimore, MD
8/10/2017 House Show- Florence, SC
8/11/2017 Cory's Grilled Cheese- Charleston, SC
8/12/2017 Cloud Springs Deli - Ringgold, GA
8/13/2017 Erv's - Atlanta, GA
8/14/2017 Space Station at Starlandia - Savannah, GA
8/15/2017 Transitions - Tampa, FL
8/16/2017 Nighthawks - Jacksonville, FL
VATICAN operates at the apex of dichotomy. The Savannah-based Paingods are both deities of hurt and at its behest, inflicting it via their blistering metallic hardcore and spouting its message via their cathartic lyrics. They're simultaneously fueled by faith and a lack thereof; though the band members are all straight edge, a lack of belief - in religion, in people, in self - pervades. The only area where polarities aren't pulling in other directions is in their seamless combination of metal and hardcore: once disparate genres that have, over the years, become increasingly entangled and, here, finally fused into one. Though VATICAN is seemingly always pulling in other directions, the result will no doubt pull in fans of all things heavy.