Technical death-metal up-and-comers Enterprise Earth have paid tribute to two of their core influences — Lamb of God and Necrophagist — with a surprise-released five-track EP, titled Foundation of Bones. Dropped today (June 19th), the record comprises of a new song (the title track) and its instrumental companion piece, an acoustic take on an older cut, and reverent covers of LOG’s classic “Now You’ve Got Something to Die For” and Necrophagist’s underground face-ripper “Fermented Offal Discharge.” Listen — and read guitarist Gabriel Mangold’s thoughts on the EP — below.
Foundation of Bones is available on digital streaming platforms now. In commemoration of Juneteenth, the Spokane, Washington, band will be donating one quarter of all of today’s webstore sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to which their label, eOne Heavy, will also be donating all Bandcamp revenue from the EP.
“Foundation of Bones was a spur of the moment idea that quickly came to fruition,” Mangold commented. “After returning home from our canceled tour, we began writing and finishing up new material. While listening back to some new demos and being stoked on the quality of the mixes, we thought, ‘Fuck it. Let’s give self-production a go and release an impromptu EP!’ Dan [Watson] tracked vocals at home in Indianapolis. Brandon [Zackey] recorded drums with our good friend/sound engineer, Chris Ghazel, in Los Angeles. I did guitars, bass, production, and handled mixing/mastering duties in my tiny home trailer studio rig in Taos, New Mexico. After several days of tweaking, we had a mix that we were all very stoked on and felt comfortable moving forward with our first self-produced release.”
“The covers were something that we had in mind for some time, and the opportunity to do this EP prompted us to take action,” he added. “Lamb of God and Necrophagist are two huge inspirations on us, so covering these tunes was a no-brainer. We experienced a ton of electric energy tracking these as they are songs that we’ve loved since we were kids — hopefully, we did them justice!”