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Nuclear Blast announces the release of “The Aggression Sessions”, featuring THY ART IS MURDER, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY and MALEVOLENCE, which will be available digitally on April 7th and on CD + Vinyl on July 21st, 2023. Yesterday (Friday, March 10th), FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY released an official visualizer the first single from the EP, entitled “Hellions”.

FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY states: ” ‘Hellions’ was a fun look back at some of our more brutal and fast-paced roots more akin to our earlier material. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of ‘Hellbound’, the record which we all collectively feel really started things in motion for the band. It was a blast to channel the energy and excitement we had at that time back into our music in 2023. It’s only natural for bands to evolve and expand their sound over time, but we never forgot where we came from, so this one is for those who were here from day one!”

“The Aggression Sessions” is the follow-up to 2016’s “The Depression Sessions” and follows the same 6-song mini album where each band offers an original single and a cover song. For this session, THY ART IS MURDER is covering CANNIBAL CORPSE and FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY is covering AT THE GATES whereas MALEVOLENCE is handling a song by American singer Anastacia.

Cover artwork by Eliran Kantor

THY ART IS MURDER and FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY make the following joint statement: “Before we had even completed work on ‘The Depressions Sessions’ we knew a lifelong friendship had been forged between THY ART IS MURDER and FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, and that we would have to do another variation of the project. ‘The Aggression Sessions’ concept was born almost immediately following the completion of the first iteration but has taken many years to finally find the time to record and release it amidst the chaotic touring and music release schedules of both bands. We wanted to take things back to some of our favorite inspirations for writing and performing heavy and aggressive music this time, encapsulating the tone of the EP title. We hope everyone enjoys!

Joining us for round 2, please welcome MALEVOLENCE into the series. Much love to THE ACACIA STRAIN, and thank you to them for being a part of this lineage. Check out their new forthcoming record as well!

Working with friends and peers and avoiding the pitfalls of competitiveness has always been the most rewarding part of being in a band, so as always thank you for the support and opportunity to have this platform. See you all on the road soon!”

MALEVOLENCE’s Wilkie Robinson adds: “New Jersey to Australia to Sheffield! It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in this big international Metal link-up and a great opportunity for us to have fun creatively outside of the usual expectations. Shout out to Eliran Kantor for killing the artwork and Nuclear Blast for making it all happen.”

“The Aggression Sessions” track listing:

  1. Fit for an Autopsy – Hellions 04:14
  2. Thy Art Is Murder – Until There Is No Longer
  3. Malevolence – Waste of Myself
  4. Fit for an Autopsy – Under a Serpent Sun (AT THE GATES cover)
  5. Thy Art Is Murder – Hammer Smashed Face (CANNIBAL CORPSE cover)
  6. Malevolence – Left Outside Alone (Anastacia cover)

You can listen to “Hellions” in the following video:

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