Philadelphia's death metal legends GOREAPHOBIA have inked a deal with Ibex Moon Records. The band will play a few select shows this year while working on new material for its first full-length recording, due out in 2009.
According to a press release, GOREAPHOBIA was "one of the most important and highly praised" death metal bands from the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area in the early '90s. But due to internal turmoil, the group broke up before it was able to release its debut album on Relapse Records.
GOREAPHOBIA 2008 lineup is:
Chris Gamble (BLOODSTORM, ABSU) Bass, Vocals
Alex Bouks (INCANTATION) - Guitar
John McEntee (INCANTATION, FUNERUS) - Guitar
Jim Roe (D.O.M., MORBID SIN, WOMB, MR GRIM, INCANTATION) Drums
Chris Gamble, GOREAPHOBIA's bassist and vocalist, states: "I'd like to start by saying that at the turn of the 1990s, both INCANTATION and GOREAPHOBIA had strong status in the underground death metal scene. We both have played hundreds of shows together and with bigger worldwide extreme heavy metal acts. With all our years of experience recording, writing, and performing extreme metal music. John McEntee, Jim Roe, Alex Bouks, and myself are set on taking all of our knowledge and forming together a paragon force of extreme death metal, being that we feel we are at the height of our professional careers.
"Both INCANTATION and GOREAPHOBIA together complement each other's styles and sound. Both bands have joined together into one to make us (GOREAPHOBIA) twice the extreme death metal act that we ever hoped for. The songwriting and live performances are sure to leave a great memory for all fans of both bands worldwide.
"John and Jim's joining into GOREAPHOBIA really offers alot more inspirations, and musical vastness into what Alex and I have created with the band. The name alone has strong underground respect and influence on the extreme metal scene of today!
"We are ready for some new and exciting shows, recordings, videos, and whatever else the future may hold for GOREAPHOBIA!"
John McEntee (Ibex Moon Records, INCANTATION, FUNERUS and now GOREAPHOBIA) states: "I'm totally psyched to be releasing the debut GOREAPHOBIA album. What makes it even cooler for me is that I'm also jamming with them too.
"GOREAPHOBIA is one of the most important death metal bands of the late '80s early '90s. Anyone that knows their death metal history knows how innovative and a important GOREAPHOBIA is to the U.S. death metal scene.
"It's an honor to be associated with one of my favorite bands of all time.
Last year, Necrohermonic Productions released a GOREAPHOBIA retrospective CD entitled "Vile Beast Of Abomination".
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/goreaphobia.