Monday, August 11, 2014

THE STATE PATHOLOGIST DR. JOHN HARBISON - Veins of the Earth - FEF28 - SOLD OUT

"The State Pathologist Dr. John Harbison" is a familiar moniker to anyone who followed Irish news from the 1970s on. Less well known is the short-lived death metal trio that appropriated the name, featuring guitarist Andy Cunningham (who subsequently formed Wreck of the Hesperus and more recently Malthusian), drummer Niall O'Reilly (later of Haieeta) and mysterious bassist Bren. This 2002 demo was the bands only recording and still sounds impressive, full of memorable riffs and strong drumming. As it was only briefly available in physical form, we thought it worthwhile to revive the old cadaver for those of a morbid bent, with appropriately grisly new Cunningham cover art. Edition of 50.

Note: the only available audio sources of this material (particularly the second side) were less than optimum. However, mastering by John O'Brien of Irish Metal Archive yielded listenably lo-fi results. Check out his site for more Irish metal obscurities.

Side One
Veins of the Earth / Going Down (5:59)

Side Two
Prey to God (2:56)
Jungle Rot (3:21)


Guitar/Vox: Andy Cunningham 
Bass/Vox: Bren 
Drums/Percussion: Niall O’Reilly 

Recorded & originally released in 2002 

Track 1 also appeared on the Underground Movement 
comilation CD “InToxicated... Vol. 2” in 2003 

Audio exhumed & emblamed by John O’Brien in 2014 

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