|The Grotesque was produced and mixed by legendary producer Ulrich Wild. The Grotesque will be unleashed on May 5th.
“We are proud to finally release our debut album, The Grotesque, into the world. To most people, this is something new. To us, it’s the culmination of a lot of work. These songs began recording in November of 2020 and wrapped recording in February 2022. We are very proud of this album. I can guarantee not ONE note of this album was written with ‘What are people going to think/expect?’ in mind. We didn’t give a shit what was popular, didn’t give a damn what was in vogue with the world of metal or what people wanted to hear. This record was written 100% from the heart every step of the way. Every single note. We wanted to do something real and something different.
If this album resonates with people, it’s our honor share it with you. If someone isn’t into it, no hard feelings. But nothing is going to change how WE feel about it. Our mission was accomplished. Feel free to hop on and enjoy the ride with us. We’re just getting started.” – DieHumane
Ulrich Wild, shares, “I’m incredibly excited and honored to be part of DieHumane’s debut album. I’m always interested in artists who create their own genre-defying brand of music, and DieHumane did just that with The Grotesque. Their music is incredibly dynamic, and goes from hauntingly beautiful to absolute destruction with everything in between. A true musical journey.”
New single on deck: “King of Nothing”
“King Of Nothing” is an absolute rollercoaster of a song with many twists and turns. A true masterpiece that will leave you craving more. – Ulrich Wild
DieHumane was founded in Galveston, Texas at the end of 2020 by Joshua Vargas and Greg Hilligiest as a way to deal with the loss and isolation of that year. From there it snowballed into something massive, with Garret West (former vocalist of Anova Skyway) being recruited on vocals, Rick Hunolt (former Exodus guitarist) being recruited as the lead guitarist, and Sal Abruscato (former Type O Negative/Life Of Agony drummer, as well as chief musician in A Pale Horse Named Death) being recruited on drums.
DieHumane is a band that swims about as far away from the other fish as it gets. Combining elements of doom metal, jazz, industrial, blues, and prog. Imagine if Celtic Frost got into a car crash with A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, and Type O Negative while listening to Pink Floyd on the radio. DieHumane is heavily rooted in mood and atmosphere, from the brooding to the cathartic, from the hopeless to hopeful. Love them or hate them, it’s a musical ride that you can only get from them.
Garret West – Vocals
Rick Hunolt – Lead Guitars
Joshua Vargas – Bass, Rhythm Guitars, Piano, Programming
Greg Hilligiest – Keys, Programming, additional Guitars
Sal Abruscato – Drum
DieHumane – The Members:
Rick Hunolt – Lead Guitar: A former member of the pioneering thrash metal band Exodus, Rick is one half of the legendary “H-team” featuring him and Gary Holt. Rick eventually stepped back from Exodus in the early 2000’s to raise his kids and makes his return to music with DieHumane.
Garret West – Vocals: A man of many talents, such as an actor, musician, and stand up comic, Garret is a versatile vocalist and the original singer for the up-and-coming prog band, Anova Skyway.
Joshua Vargas – Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Piano, Programming: A filmmaker, documentarian, and music video director who has worked on videos for bands/artists such as David Vincent (of Morbid Angel/Vltimas,) Down, Goblin, Skinlab, SOiL, Leonard Cohen, and many more.
Greg Hilligiest – Keys, Programming, Guitar: A multi-instrumentalist and electronics wizard, Greg is the kind of guy that could write you a beautiful song, as well as program your stereo to eat you.
Sal Abruscato – Drums: Founding member and former drummer of the legendary goth metal band, Type O Negative, as well as the former drummer for Life Of Agony, Sal also fronted and was the main songwriter for the doom metal band A Pale Horse Named Death. There’s not much to say that his mark on metal music doesn’t say for itself. In DieHumane, Sal returns to the drum kit and brings the Italian thunder!
The Grotesque Track Listing: (song titles in bold, intros etc. not bolded)
1. The Executively Dysfunctional
2. King of Nothing (The Bruiser)
3. Standing At The Edge Of Forever
4. Shell Shock
5. The Death Knell
8. The Vanishing
13. The Descent
14. The Devil Sings
17. Stardust Blues