Ov Sulfur – the world’s first blast-phemous metalcore ov death band – has dropped a new standalone single today (Nov. 30th) via Century Media Records. “Death Ov Circumstance” goes light on the “blast” and heavier on the “metalcore” side of the equation, and is streaming now on all digital platforms here for those ready to hear a new side of the rising blackened deathcore heretics. The video, once again a joint effort of Vicente Cordero and MM Fabrications, can be viewed now below:
Vocalist Ricky Hoover comments: “This is another perspective on the poison that is religion. Rather than directly attack the current church, I looked back on history to the Salem Witch Trials. That was a time when Christianity persecuted others, while its believers either picked up their torches at worst or turned a blind eye at best – a pretty terrible best case scenario. This is a scenario that’s repeated itself throughout history during slaughters such as the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition.
Our video is more a fantasy world where the witches get their revenge. After one and her baby are burned alive, she and her friends come back to enact some sweet justice.”
Guitarist/vocalist Chase Wilson adds: “After the full-on brutal attack of ‘Stained in Rot,’ here’s a song with…ZERO BLAST BEATS! Don’t worry, though, the song kicks in HARD with a churning war march and only lets up for our best melodic hooks yet. In fact, hearing the unfinished version of this track is what really opened our eyes to how diverse Ricky’s vocals were – not just in screaming but also singing. Wait until you hear the bridge!”
It was a mere two years ago when Ov Sulfur‘s Hoover and Wilson connected via a mutual friend. The former’s tech death desires faded as the group came into its own and began writing. Debut single “Behind the Hand of God” in February 2021 was an unholy warning of what was to come. The front-man’s low-register vocalizations bathed in a firestorm of blackened deathcore and black metal intents, soaring orchestration and unexpected vocal melodies. The response was nothing short of volcanic.
“I had no idea that people would care,” Hoover admits. “Sure enough, I posted nothing more than a logo online and my phone died from all the notifications for two-and-a-half days in a row!” The avalanche of excitement over Ov Sulfur was shortly satiated with the band’s self-released first EP, 2021’s Oblivion, which spelt out the blueprint for the sound of Ov Sulfur to come. The same day marked a sold-out reckoning moment for the band at Las Vegas’ Freemont Country Club. “They had to move it from the smaller venue next door into the bigger room,” remembers Hoover. “It was an incredible way to come back.”
With a reception warmer than hell and a set of principles to guide them along their left-hand path, it’s unlikely the vocalist will step down from his pulpit any time soon; he has more sermons to preach.
Ov Sulfur line-up:
Ricky Hoover – Vocals
Chase Wilson – Guitar / Vocals
Ding – Bass
Leviathvn – Drums
Ov Sulfur Discography:
Oblivion (EP) – 2021