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UK hardcore band Imposter evoke pain on ‘Funeral March’

UK hardcore band Imposter evoke pain on ‘Funeral March’
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Brighton, UK hardcore outfit Imposter are set to release their debut album, ‘Oblivion Opens’, on June 28th through Quality Control HQ.

Having already shared the stark single ‘Eulogy Of Delusion’ the band unveil ‘Funeral March’. The track is three minutes of heart pounding hardcore, mixing sinister vocals with more groove-driven elements and a blitzing breakdown. Expanding into the song’s lyrics, vocalist Rory O’Neill shares:

“Life is pain. Our natural state is death, free of all pain and suffering. Sink down to the call of the Funeral March and embrace it because it’ll only knock sooner or later.”

Formed in 2017, the band has spent the last several years crafting a brooding sound inspired by the likes of Integrity, Ringworm and Bathory with shades of classic NYHC thrown in for good measure. The forthcoming album was recorded in late 2023 with Stanley Gravett at Holy Mountain Studios and mixed by Will Killingsworth (Orchid, Ampere) at Dead Air Studios in MA. Imposter has created a masterclass of negative hardcore throughout the eleven tracks that make up ‘Oblivion Opens’, turning the unimaginable horrors of life into an sonic offering that will pull listeners directly into the hellish story of the album. Album artwork by Red King.

‘Oblivion Opens’ comes from losing grip on your mortality – it’s primitively terrifying, but life on earth can be much more sickening.” states O’Neill. “I drew the cover art to represent this vision of terror that I faced, based on old depictions of hell by Hieronymous Bosch and Johfra Bosschart.”

Imposter is Rory O’Neill (vocals), Idris Mirza (guitar), Lucas Burtenshaw (Guitar), Sammy Hellride (bass) and Joe McMahon (drums).

‘Oblivion Opens’ Tracklist:


Kings Uncrowned

Tomb Chamber


Infernal Reign

Oblivion Opens (The First Attempt)


Eulogy of Delusion

The Cell Bound

Funeral March

Barbaric Apparitions of War (Interlude)

Grave Mistake

Only The Few Remain

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