A very young Bill Tolley with the boys from Suffocation at a small club in Island Park, NY around 1991. It was a Sunday Matinee show and all of about 10 people were there.
A little trivia: although Chris Pervelis is the founder of the band, Bill Tolley is the only member of the band who has played on every song on every demo and album. That's a career that spans over 20 years.
We're all set. Recording of Imperium will begin on May 6th at Full Force Studios.
We're all very excited to get in there and get going. A lot of the songs on the album we've been playing live and have been getting great reactions from, so we're really excited to see how they truly sound when finally tracked. We've been doing a lot of tweaks here and there to the tunes, so they won't be exactly the same as when (or if) you've heard the live.
Plus there will be some pretty cool surprises too, if we can pull them off (which we are really trying to do).
Here's a sample of one of them, "The Visitant":
Stay tuned for more news.
One of our friends picked up this gem on ebay. To say it is rare is an understatement. Before we released our 1992 demo, Invocation of Evil, we made about 100 of these cassettes to push out to fanzines and other press ahead of the official demo release.
The cassettes, labeled "Pieper Law Review," were "liberated" from a local law school by a friend of ours who was a janitor working at that school.
Originally we had used these cassettes (about 400 of them) to make copies of our first demo, The One Dollar Demo. We had about 100 left over so we decided to use them for promotional purposes. The music on these tapes were duplicated from the cassette copy of the demo we received from Legend Studios.
Other interesting facts about the Invocation of Evil demo:
This is the official press release put out by Unique Leader Records.
Unique Leader Records is pleased to welcome long-running New York-based death metal legion, INTERNAL BLEEDING, to their expanding roster of audio severity.
For over twenty years, INTERNAL BLEEDING has been at the forefront of the underground death metal scene, boasting a relentless DIY work ethic, consistently intense live performances and a commitment to composing some of the heaviest music possible, their breakdown-laden approach directly responsible for the establishment of an entire subgenre of death metal, aptly titled “slam” (a term they began using as early as 1992). Founded in 1991 by guitarist Chris Pervelis following the demise of original band, Autumn Reign, it all began with a case of 300 blank tapes reportedly “found” at a local university. The tapes provided the inspiration to set up a four-track to capture The One Dollar Demo. The following year, INTERNAL BLEEDING recorded their Invocation Of Evil demo, which went on to sell an impressive 5500+ copies through now-defunct Wild Rags Records. The band returned to the studio to track another demo in early 1994. The resulting Perpetual Degradation remains a certified classic in the annals of death metal.
Maniacal self-promotion combined with a tireless dedication to their craft, the band eventually made their way to 1994’s Milwaukee Metal fest, where their captivating live show possessed the eyes and ears of Pavement Music, who released their Voracious Contempt debut in 1995. Following a slew of tours both stateside and abroad, label and lineup shifts and four more works of sonic brutality with 1997’s The Extinction Of Benevolence, 1999’s Driven To Conquer, 2000’s Alien Breed compilation and 2002’s Onward To Mecca, it seemed the band had virtually disappeared without warning.
In early 2011 however, Pervelis decided to pick up the proverbial pieces and contacted original members Bill Tolley and Brian Hobbie. The three agreed to reunite and began re-learning INTERNAL BLEEDING’s classic back catalog. With the addition of Jason Liff on bass and legendary frontman Keith DeVito (ex Suffocation, Catastrophic, Pyrexia) handling vocals, the band is again poised to level all in its path. Last month, the band officially signed a two-record deal with Unique Leader Records. Their fifth studio album, Imperium, will be out in the Fall of 2014. In the meantime, check out a teaser below.