Ulcerate is a New Zealand-based technical death metal band formed by guitarist Michael Hoggard and drummer Jamie Saint Merat in 2000. The band have released four studio albums to date, with their latest being 2013's Vermis, released on Relapse Records. The band's fifth full-length album Shrines of Paralysis is due to be released on October 28, 2016. The band have been featured in numerous articles as one of New Zealand's most prominent extreme metal acts, have toured widely across North America and Europe, and have been compared favourably to bands such as Neurosis and Gorguts. The band's sound has been described as "nauseating, disorienting and gleefully disharmonic", and is charactised by extremely technical death metal with extensive use of dissonance, time signature changes, and complex song structures.
Early days (2000–2005)
The core membership of Ulcerate, including Jamie Saint Merat, Michael Hoggard and Mark Seeney, formed in 2000 under the name "Bloodwreath". In early 2002, guitarist Jared Commerer and vocalist James Wallace were added to the line-up while Seeney departed. The band began writing material for its debut recording, Demo 2003, and changed its name to Ulcerate prior to its release. In 2004, the band released its second demo, The Coming of Genocide. Both demos were subsequently compiled and released by The Flood Records and Deepsend Records under the title The Coming of Genocide.
Of Fracture and Failure and Everything is Fire (2006–2009)
In early 2006, Ulcerate signed with Neurotic Records. Vocalist James Wallace left the band in 2006 as the band was preparing to record its first full-length album, Of Fracture and Failure. Ben Read was recruited to fill the vacant vocal position. In contrast with Wallace's lower-pitched growls, Read relied on higher-pitched screams, reminiscent of hardcore vocals. Jared Commerer also left the band and was replaced by guitarist Michael Rothwell. Of Fracture and Failure was recorded and mixed by Jamie Saint Merat and Michael Hoggard. It was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Studios, New York, USA. The album artwork was created by Jamie Saint Merat.
In 2008, Read and Rothwell departed the band, with Oliver Goater recruited as Ulcerate's new guitarist and bassist Paul Kelland assuming vocal duties. Kelland's approach returned the band to a lower-pitched vocal style. Ulcerate then started writing and recording its second full-length album, Everything Is Fire. The album was acknowledged by critics for its unique approach to death metal, with Allmusic's Phil Freeman praising Everything Is Fire for incorporating the "percussive intricacy of Isis", "intricate scaffold of jagged, art-metal guitar", and use of repetition that was closer to Shellac than Suffocation.
The Destroyers of All and Vermis (2010–2014)
In April 2010, Ulcerate announced that it was writing songs for a new album. Oliver Goater parted ways with Ulcerate in late 2010, and was replaced by William Cleverdon. The band released its third full-length album, The Destroyers of All, on 25 January 2011, through Willowtip Records. The album did not feature William Cleverdon who left the band prior to the recording of the album.
The band toured across Europe in support of the album in February 2012. The band performed in many countries, including France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Slovakia. The band also toured North America for the first time in support of the album in May 2012, including a performance at Maryland Deathfest.
In 2012, Ulcerate signed to Relapse Records and announced plans to record a new album. The album was recorded during March and April of 2013 at MCA Studios in Auckland. In July, the band revealed the new album, titled Vermis, would be released on 13 September 2013. The album received positive reviews upon release from Pitchfork, Exclaim!, and others.
The band toured North America in support of the album in May 2014 with the support of Inter Arma. This included a show at the famous Saint Vitus rock bar in New York City. They then engaged in an extensive tour across Europe (again in support of Vermis) from November-December 2014. They were supported by Wormed, Solace of Requiem, and Gigan.
Shrines of Paralysis (2015-present)
The band toured Australia and New Zealand on a number of dates from April-June 2015. In October 2015 Ulcerate headlined a tour across the United Kingdom, supported by Bell Witch and Ageless Oblivion.
On 12 March 2016 the band announced that they were a month away from entering the studio to record their fifth full-length album, with the band posting progress updates on their Facebook page. On 27 June the band officially announced the title, album artwork, and track listing of their fifth album: The album is titled 'Shrines of Paralysis' and will be released through Relapse Records in Fall 2016. They also announced that they would be touring North America with Iceland's Zhrine and Canada's Phobocosm in support of their new album in November 2016.
Paul Kelland − vocals, bass guitar (2005-present)
Michael Hoggard − guitars (2000-present)
Jamie Saint Merat − drums (2000-present)
William Cleverdon - guitars (2010-2012)
Jared Commerer - guitars, bass (2002-2003)
Oliver Goater - guitars (live, 2009-2010)
Phil Kusabs - bass (2003-2005)
Ben Read - vocals (2006-2008)
Michael Rothwell - guitars (2003-2008)
Mark Seeney - vocals (2000-2002)
Phil Smathers - bass (2002)
James Wallace - vocals (2002-2006)
Chris Tolcher - bass
Reuben - bass