SoAR-002 | NEUROPATH – “At Damnation’s Core”: Sphere of Apparition Records is proud to announce our second Australian Extreme Metal Re-issue in the form of NEUROPATH – “At Damnation’s Core”. Early Australian Brutal Death Metal Malevolence Reissued and Mastered onto CD for the first time. DUE 17-NOV-2023.
Brisbane / Sydney, Australia – September 2023. A copulation of insanity borne by five teenagers from Sydney’s Northern Beaches with an adept ability to forge crushing Death Metal. Two demos illustrated a world of promise, before vanishing into obscurity. “At Damnation’s Core” announces Neuropath’s vulgar rebirth.
In 1993, the tentacles of Neuropath’s early foundations spread through the halls of Cromer High School located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, initially under the moniker of ‘Coprophagia’. At 17 years of age, Daniel STUBBS (Lead/Rhythm Guitars) and a 14-year-old Anthony WATSON (Rhythm Guitar) begun jamming together, initially gorging on Obituary and Kreator covers. It wasn’t long before Luke BURNS (15 years – Drums) and Carl ‘Barney’ HAUPTSTEIN (15 Years - Bass) joined the fold, with Mark WANGMANN (15 years – Vocals) completing the line-up a short time later.
With an appreciation of bands like Cannibal Corpse, Obituary and Deicide, the band developed a penchant for all things horror and serial killer related. Not long after, the band name changed from ‘Coprophagia’ to ‘Neuropath’.
Neuropath initially honed their live craft around the local Northern Beaches area. As their name spread, so did the invitations to play at City venues with bands of similar ilk such as Oracle of the Void, Tscabeze, Lord Kaos and Dead Spawn.
On the 5th of March 1995 Neuropath documented their first demo cassette “Nefarious Vivisection”. Self-released, "Nefarious Vivisection" acted as a purging of the band’s older material, but it showcased the uncompromisingly raw and brutal edge of Mid-90’s Death Metal. Its rawness may have been abetted by the fact it was released unmastered, however it caught the eye of many, including Sydney’s legendary Warhead Records.
1995 saw Neuropath’s live presence around Sydney multiply which would enable their sound to mature into a tighter and more technical style of Death Metal. This progression was complimented by Ali CHAMAS (Bass – later joining Lord Kaos) joining the fold and replacing HAUPTSTEIN on bass. By December 1995 the band was ready to record their second cassette demo, “Desert of Excruciation” which was released, again unmastered, on Warhead Records mid-1996.
By the time “Desert of Excruciation” was recorded STUBBS was 20 years of age, CHAMAS 19, BURNS and WANGMANN 17 and WATSON still only 16. It appeared that Neuropath’s evolution post "Desert of Excruciation" was morphing into a more brutal and technical direction taking influence from bands like Suffocation, Pyrexia and Cryptopsy.
Between the recording of “Desert of Excruciation” and its release six months later, WATSON had departed the band and Frank MUNOZ (later joining Miscreation and Lord Kaos) stepped in. The band’s line-up on paper was perhaps it’s strongest to that point and had the Australian Underground eagerly anticipating their next move. Construction on new material commenced, however, a culmination of factors led to the band breaking up late 96/early 97.
28years on and with both “Nefarious Vivisection” and “Desert of Excruciation” even harder to find amongst the underground mire, Sphere of Apparition is honored to present “At Damnation’s Core” on CD. “At Damnation’s Core” is a compilation of both demos, which have been mastered by Dredged Oblivion.
The “At Damnation’s Core” CD package includes an 8-page booklet comprising band photos and lyrics, whilst detailed linear notes of Neuropath’s history have been authored by guitarist and founding member Daniel Stubbs.
Twisted notes of agony, a burning death for infinity….Neuropath!
** This is an official release **
Cover art by Gepetotua.
Layouts and Manipulation by D'jenerate Creations.
Neuropath – Encyclopaedia Metallum: https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Neuropath/32481
Track listing for NEUROPATH – At Damnation’s Core:
Tracks 1-3 from ‘Desert of Excruciation’. Tracks 4 – 7 from ‘Nefarious Vivisection’.
1. Incantations of Decrepit Nihilism
2. My Bleeding Mortality
3. Copulation of Insanity
4. Nefarious Vivisection
5. Masticated Cadaver
6. Vulgar Rebirth
7. Rectal Pulpation
NEUROPATH – At Damnation’s Core will be available for digital download via our Bandcamp: https://sphereofapparitionrecords.bandcamp.com/
Physical Copies of the CD will be available from 17th November 2023.
"Desert of Excruciation" originally released by Warhead Records: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063491862592
Sphere of Apparition Records, ratified 2020, is an independent label/distro expulsed from the bowels of Brisbane, Australia. Sphere of Apparition's fundamental intent is to re-issue Australian Death and Black metal from antecedent eons.
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