India’s ROLLING STONE have just unveiled a brand new “molten rage” of a single, Abandoned Rooms Of Misspelled Agony, off of Moral Collapse‘s upcoming debut full-length album. The track features some masterful lead guitar playing by Bobby Koelble (Death, Nader Sadek) along with some insane saxophone parts by Julius Gabriel, a veteran free-jazz musician from Germany. Speaking to senior writer Anurag Tagat, Natarajan adds about the song, “Some of the tracks on the album are mid-paced and may be hint on a more modern, progressive kind of vibe. Abandoned Rooms Of Misspelled Agony is one such track, and it’s probably the best song on the album that one could listen to as an introduction to Moral Collapse. It’s the second time I’m experimenting with saxophone and I’m very happy with how it’s come about. Both Bobby and Julius have done a stellar job on the song.” Along with the track premiere, the article is also accompanied by a short interview wherein Natarajan speaks about the stacked list of collaborations on the album, a special black and white splatter heavyweight vinyl release and future plans with Moral Collapse.
Stream/listen to the song [HERE].
Moral Collapse is the brainchild of Arun Natarajan (Eccentric Pendulum), Sudarshan Mankad (Infamy) and the inimitable Hannes Grossman (Obscura, Necrophagist, Blotted Science). The project came about during the early days of the pandemic-induced lock-down in the two countries with a dead-set intention of writing forward-thinking death metal music that perfectly blended the ferocity of the old-school sound with the eccentricity of modern jazz and free-wheeling, avant-garde music. Previously pegged for a late 2020 release, the group had to rework its release schedule given the unfortunate continuance of the pandemic.
While the record was written and recorded only in 2020, the ideas for some of the set-pieces that appear on the record have been around since 2003 when Natarajan first tried to put the band together; at the time with a completely different line-up. A considerable portion of the oddball, free-wheeling music is purely improvised and played with utmost spontaneity. The 36-min long record was completely mixed and mastered by Hannes Grossmann at his studio in Germany, Mordor Sounds with most of the recording & engineering (sans drums) done at Natarajan’s own studio in Bangalore, India.
Moral Collapse’s s/t record is releasing worldwide on LP/CD/DD via Subcontinental Records on the 2nd April, 2021. Pre-orders for the release and all merch are now available on the label’s Bandcamp, [HERE]. The album will be available on all streaming services including YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music. Meanwhile, the album lead single ‘Suspension Of Belief‘ is available to stream across all streaming platforms.