Machine Man Records Presents the debut full-length studio release from Varicella. Blending old school industrial rhythms and metal, fans of bands such as GODFLESH, Skrew, Ministry, NIN and Front Line Assembly should take note.
“While Dead Is Better does indeed take us back to the days where live bands had their backing tracks on real-to-real tapes instead of Ipods, it’s done so in a pretty original and modern way… in other words, honoring the old but inserting their own input. Highly recommended for fans of the days when REAL industrial began.” – noisebeneaththesnow.com
Fans can check out or download the album for $5 via Bandcamp here.
Birthed in 2008 but a shape did not fully form until 2012: Varicella is a band aiming to bring back the style of older industrial metal acts such as Ministry, Godflesh and KMFDM, while striving to achieve a sound and identity of their own. A feat that was successfully carried out in 2012 with the addition of Chris Pasquarelli on guitar, effectively obtaining the crushing metal guitar sound that Varicella has sought from the start. A crucial element throughout the industrial metal genre which Ministry and Godflesh would go on to popularize.
Immediately following Pasquarelli’s inclusion into the band, the pair began writing several songs. Recorded over the course of six years, their debut album, “Dead is Better” was released on Tuesday, 05.01.2018 via all digital media retailers.
Fans can check out Varicella on Facebook here.