Phoenix, Arizona-based heavy metal band MURKOCET is bound and determined to slam you against the wall with their relentlessly intense music. They state they’re named after a substance directly attributed to the aggressive and often times violent actions of it’s user. Listening to their music, I’m certainly not gonna argue with that! Following up on their self-released face-melting debut album Digging Mercy’s Grave, released this past January 2017, they’ve just released a blistering new single “Hustlin’ Hate.”
MURKOCET consists of Richie Jano on vocals, Nate Garrett on guitar, Mike Mays on drums, and newcomer Jared Pettit on bass. Their hard-hitting yet melodic music is heavily influenced by some of their favorite hardcore and death metal bands such as Lamb of God, Slipknot and Hatebreed. They combine those influences with a strong emphasis on engagement with fans though their incredibly dynamic, high energy performances.
“Hustlin’ Hate” starts off with a wailing guitar riff, accompanied by a rib-crunching bass riff and pounding drum, then explodes into an unrelenting four minute long assault of jackhammer bass, pummeling drums and blazing guitars. The interplay between guitar and bass is so good it brings goosebumps. Jano unleashes all the brutal fury he can muster with his raw, guttural vocals, raising those goosebumps to the breaking point. It’s a phenomenally powerful track, and a thing of beauty for those who love death metal.
Catch Murkocet at one of these upcoming concerts:
Nov. 25 – Silver Spur Saloon, Denver, CO
Nov. 26 – Rio Rancho, NM
Nov. 27 – Green Room, Flagstaff, AZ
Nov. 29 – The Merrow, San Diego, CA
Nov. 30 – Bricks Restaurant & Sports Bar, Maywood, CA
Dec. 1 – Dive Bar, Las Vegas, NM
Dec. 8 – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
Dec. 22 – Acadia Bar & Grill, Houston, TX