Throughout the seven raging tracks on this debut full-length, Vhol have managed to inject the raw, unchecked aggression of old school hardcore into classic metal, all refined through a type of black metal filter, resulting in a vicious sound that manages to tread far anything that has come before. All the while it feels as though the entire works is going to come undone through its own furious power, to be consumed by the chaos, but instead drives forward with untouchable precision. Each of the players on this album display their signature styles without losing sight of their collective goal, ultimately surpassing any pre-conceived concept of what sort of music they would create together. It would be easy to get caught up in their individual achievements, and allow that to shape your view and draw your comparisons, but VHOL is something else altogether. Standing alone, immediately potent and arresting.
VHOL was recorded at Earhammer Studios in Oakland by Greg Wilkinson and mixed in Seattle by Randall Dunn. It shall be presented on 180g black vinyl in an old-style tip-on gatefold jacket, released under exclusive license from Profound Lore. Both the jacket and LP labels will feature a metallic silver print. Layout and design by Kevin Gan Yuen (viraloptic.com), cover illustration by John Cobbett.