Pulverised Records / Distribution - GER: Soulfood
The vibrant history of Swedish Death Metal is now re-written once again with reunited Death Metal veterans DESULTORY creating one of the most anticipated and long-overdue releases of 2010.
14 years later and thronged with venomous hunger, “Counting Our Scars” is a tour de force of majestic soaring melodies and an incessant trauma of skull-hammer riffs that will crush and pulverize all imitators; an absolute reek of DESULTORY’s stench as we know it!
Artwork and layout meticulously conceptualized by world-renowned introspect artist maestro Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, Amorphis, King Diamond, etc). Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at the acclaimed Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Deströyer 666, Demonical, etc).
"Desultory are a throwback to that split second before melodic death metal became a distinct and defined beast in itself… 'Counting Our Scars' is kinetic, exhilarating, life-affirming stuff." - Terrorizer Magazine (UK)
"Counting Our Scars is sure to see many Top 10 lists before the close of the year. A masterpiece!" - Metal Maniacs (USA)
1. In A Cage
2. Counting Our Scars
3. Ready To Bleed
4. This Broken Halo
5. The Moment Is Gone
6. Uneven Numbers
7. Dead Ends
8. Leeching Life
9. A Crippling Heritage
Klas Morberg - Guitar/Vox
Thomas Johnson - Drums
Håkan Morberg - Guitar
Jojje Bolin - Bass
Desultory was part of the first wave of Swedish death metal bands, alongside Entombed, Dismember, and others. Into Eternity, their Metal Blade debut following a lesser-known EP release, is standard for the genre, energetic and forceful, straddling the line between the more brutal American death style and the melodic Gothenburg variety.
Though not groundbreaking, it was considered a fine album by fans. By most accounts, their follow-up, “Bitterness” is more of the same, but 1996's “Swallow The Snake” takes quite a different approach, dropping the death vocals (and, for the most part, death metal itself), for a more heavy rock sound likened by some to Soundgarden. Having been dropped by Metal Blade, they disappeared but the three members from the “Snake” album recruited a new fourth member and, continuing the progression from that last album, continued on as the grunge rock act Zebulon, releasing at least one EP and one LP.
Stefan Pöge left the band in 1995, thus leading to “Swallow The Snake” being written and recorded without him. This explains the drastic change in style.
After fulfilling their 3-album deal, Desultory left Metal Blade Records, and the band broke up. Håkan, Klas and Thomas continued to play together and eventually formed Zebulon, playing a similar style to that heard on “Swallow The Snake”.