Vitriol: Death Metal Monsters Hit The Haven Lounge

Feb. 11, 2020

Several weeks before Vitriol invaded the Haven Lounge in Winter Park, I was able to preview their latest full-length album, To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice. To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with the band, however, scrolling through song titles such as Crowned in Retaliation and Violence a Worthy Truth, I couldn’t wait to hit the play button. Needless to say, I was stoked when the date finally arrived.

Vitriol, a death metal quartet from Portland, Oregon, had success with their 2017 EP Pain Will Define Their Death and has been featured by numerous media outlets such as Decibel, Heavy Blog is Heavy, Gear Gods and many more. The band is made up of Kyle Rasmussen (guitar & vocals), Adam Roethlisberger (bass & vocals), Mike Ashton (guitar) and Scott Walker (drums).

As I looked at their tour schedule, I was amazed to see that they had been on the road for at least six months including numerous dates throughout Europe and The Haven was their only Florida date. From here the band has several more weeks of shows throughout North America and then back to Europe for another two months.

The presence of black leather and spiked attire was unmistakable as I walked through the lot toward the Haven. I arrived as Demonfuck was finishing their set and I could see that the members of Vitriol were due up next. The band wasted no time in kicking off their set with the hard-grinding song Victim. Rasmussen and Roethlisberger were both delivering ear-splitting vocals, while being backed by the powerful, repetitious beats laid down by Walker on drums and the riffs kicked out by Ashton on guitar. The adrenaline displayed by the band quickly transferred to the crowd and in no time, hair and sweat were flying. Although the set was relatively short, six songs, it was a bone-rattling experience. This band is on course to cement themselves as death metal icons.

Be sure to check out the new album, To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice and if the opportunity presents itself, definitely check them out live!

The complete set list is as follows:

Victim

I Drown Nightly

Violence, a worthy truth

Hive Lungs

Pain will define their death

Parting of a neck