There is something to be said for people that have enough good sense to play to their strengths.
For Pacific Northwest prospects Filth Is Eternal, the strategy going into their third full length album wisely implemented this kind of reasoning - to take the band's brand of straightforward aggression and ratchet things up to the nth degree.
All killer, no filler.
Having already established their signature of frenzied sludge with the 2020 debut Suffrage, then doubling down with 2022's Love Is A Life, Filth Is Eternal, momentum was already on the band's side. For their third full length, the goal was to harness that swell and drop it on heavy music's collective head.
The finished product in their most recent album Find Out likely could be a clever play on the popular "Fuck Around and..." expression but the reality is the trio in Filth Is Eternal is pretty far from fucking around here.
With most entries on the 15-track presentation hovering around the 2-minute mark, the band approached the album with a simple edict of skipping the bulshit and ensuring the track hit within 30 seconds of the start of each song. Given that headspace, that kind of attention to the live impact of the songs, it's no wonder Find Out resonates so well as complelling fury.
Sourcing elements of death, crust, grind and punk, the trio of Lis Di Angelo, Brian McClelland and Emily Salisbury sidestep the troupes of aggressive music with an album that effectively pools their influences rather than just regurgitating a forced amalgam.
Filth Is Eternal managed to control their volatility just enough to best maximize it - like holding onto a molotov just long enough to spark and sail it. Simply put, Find Out is fiery heft executed by a trio all working on the same creative wavelength - smash everything.
Offering some insight to the gameplan, guitarist Brian McClelland and vocalist Lis Di Angelo combed through each of the 15 tracks on Find Out, detailing the significance of the singles as part of the presentation as a whole. From personal favorites to potent messages, the pair reveal the weight the album intended to be heavy on different levels.
Check the track-by-track from FIlth Is Eternal for Find Out below.
McClelland - Half Wrong wasn't the first track we wrote for the album, but as it came together, we knew that that opening was the kick in the teeth we needed to start the record. Musically, we wanted to come out swinging, and this blasting riff was the perfect intensity for an opener.
Di Angelo - "My Longest Nights come in waves. Each time, capsized, feeling my way out." Sometimes, I get caught in these waves of deep depression or anxiety followed by dissociated states that create distortions of time, space, and identity. These distortions appear in different shapes and sizes throughout the record, so it was essential to lead with this track.
McClelland - Crawl Space is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It started as a punk banger, but Lis encouraged me to add some leads, and I'm glad they did because this was one of the most fun parts of the record. The song builds around escalating d-beat energy, and the climax comes together with the relentless bridge and solo section. It's always a little different live, which adds to the chaos just the right way.
Di Angelo - It's about that small window of time when everything feels like it's working — the band, relationships, work, mental health, the meds, everything — but something still feels off, like it's destined to fall apart no matter your choices.
McClelland - Yes! I always think about the "feel my spirit" line. As soon as we heard Lis's vocal, we knew that that was the hook. For a song that addresses nerves and anxiety, it manages to shake all of that off for a sense of vitality right at the end. Lis nails the grunge harmonies as the song caps, bringing one of my favorite moments on the record together in just over a minute.
Di Angelo - I'm impossibly insecure. Magnetic Point is a funny track about insecurity, failure, and doing what you can to overcome your fear. This track is also about finding a way to connect with an audience. "I want you to feel my spirit," sometimes it takes trying different things to see what lands.
McClelland - Cherish was one of those songs that came to us from being on the road. The rhythm section utilizes the mid-tempo motorcharge that comes from blasting Unsane and ZZ Top while living out of truck stops across the US. This one was fun to build.
Di Angelo - For me, it's only possible to talk about this track by talking about the video! With that, I wanted to mash two of my favorite things together, Black Box Theater and Lynchian Style, and marry that with something I overheard a stranger say that has occupied space in the back of my mind for years: 'This is all a dream, and you will spend the entirety of your existence at the center of a push-pull event, somewhere between owning this dream and this dream owning you.
McClelland - Don't lose sway! To me, Roll Critical is about endurance. Sometimes, we need the energy that we don't have to make it through, and Lis captured that vibe over this raucous riffage. We added some key change turnarounds, but the song revolves around the building intensity of ascending guitarmonies and the pummeling rhythm section.
Di Angelo - As a lifer gamer, I felt compelled to write an upbeat song to throw some love at it and keep the record fun and light amidst the darker tones. Everything from the social aspects to the calming effects of it, gaming, and specifically DnD, has helped me tremendously over the years and has always given me (and so many buds) something to look forward to!!!
McClelland - Curious Thing is my current favorite to play live. We love lots of classic d-beat, and we wanted to write a track that honored some of that supercharged Swedish shred. Plus, the lyrics about modern life being shaped by our ancient, unknowable instincts blasting over the power of a pair of floor toms do it for me. Chef's kiss.
Di Angelo - This track further explores human behavior, control, desire, agency, and free will. I kept thinking about modern life and whether or not we were collectively experiencing spiritual bankruptcy or whether a lack of meaning in our lives had always been a part of the equation.
INTO THE CURVE
McClelland - Into the Curve is a track that took a little while to come together. We knew the parts added up to something, but finding the correct equation took us time. The final result is a track that stirs up a circle pit like none other. From the gleaming chords to the dizzying charge of the bridge, no other song on the record whips up intensity quite like this.
Di Angelo - Everything at the time I wrote this song felt cacophonous. We have challenging and complex conversations underground, but all the public-facing global stage conversations boil down to these overly simplified, often binary talking points lacking nuance. I understand why, but we can do better.
McClelland - Pressure Me is our Megadeth riff. We knew we had to have some proper chugs on this record, and this was the track that did it. The groove of the chorus and the diminished leads helped us tap that feel perfectly.
Di Angelo - Pressure Me is a roadmap of nonlinear progress. It's an acknowledgment that sometimes, whether we want to admit it or not, we need the pressure of honest discourse, especially if we mean to figure out the world we've built and discover the root of our problems.
McClelland - Body Void is also a killer band up here in the northwest, but it's one of our favorites from the album for this purpose. The bones of this track are few, but the vibe is dense. Taking a page from the book of grunge, rhythms push before Body Void crescendos, ending with an ascending lead that wraps the sprawling atmosphere tight.
Di Angelo - Body Void is me having a little poke at the seeming meaninglessness of the universe and our place in it. Sometimes I feel rendered useless when I think about what we are against, all that dark matter and energy. Given everything happening around us, I find it bizarre how we go about our daily lives, barely conscious of it. At times, I find the expectation to keep trucking on absurd or hilarious.
McClelland - The Gate is the track that we wanted to push to add new layers to our sound. The Helmet-esque rhythm riffs alternate in the verses before driving into a shoegazing bend of a chorus. The bridge was one of the most fun sections to build in the studio as we synced the different layers together under a textured lead that harkened back to some of our favorite influences.
Di Angelo - This track is all about breaking free from what holds you back. It's about getting realigned spiritually-- a reset. It's about taking a minute to ensure that the people closest to you align with your ethics. Sometimes, you have to make profound changes, including breaking off.
McClelland - Signal Decay developed as a guitar exercise but quickly hit in the room. We built the droning section of the verses against the open progression in the choruses and used our signature Echo Drive pedal to help fill out some of the sonic ethers. Lis touches on a strained feeling that longs for connection with a once dear friend that is undeniable on this track.
Di Angelo - This track is about realizing your relationship is over and trying to have an honest conversation with someone about it as friends before it's too late and too much damage occurs.
McClelland All Mother is a ripper that we've been closing out live shows with lately. The build of the motorcharged twelve-bar progression rips at the tension with ringing chords over a rapid pace. The bridge provides only temporary relief as the guitar phases towards a final build, ending with one of our most crushing riffs. Lis shrieks at the heavens with all of the power of the FILTH.
Di Angelo - I told myself I'd never write a song about my fear of dying in a plane crash, and then I wrote a piece about dying in a plane crash. This track is also about feeling a complete lack of agency, a theme I highlighted throughout the record.
McClelland - On Last Exit, we keep the tempo up to end strong. We love core for sure, but we utilize the breakdown sparingly. If we're going to do it, it has to work right, and Last Exit caps with a nuclear-powered meltdown, complete with Chornobyl-level mosh sirens.
Di Angelo - I wrote this song after we played our last show on a tour we did back in 2022. Post-tour depression was setting in, and I hadn't even gotten home yet. I was thinking about a "last show" the same way you might think about your final few moments alive. I'd want to live in it as long as possible, see all my friends and family, break the line, and create beautiful chaos.
McClelland - We always try to wrap the record with the nastiest riffs. On Loveless, we were able to harness the final descent into caustic doom as the end closes in. The soloed atmosphere under the concluding section is terrifying. Lis's lyrics outline the bleakness of facing our self-constructed narratives. We must ask ourselves, are we worthy of the gifts of love bestowed upon us? Why must we die, one day at a time?
Di Angelo - I wanted to paint a picture of an inescapable gravity, that there is a chance that the dream is owning you, even after all this sort of conscious effort to break free from that trajectory. Only some things end in neat conclusions; in my experience, most things don't, and ending the record with a question was a great way to sustain the thought until the next.
FIND OUT from Filth Is Eternal is now available via MNRK Heavy - HERE
Filth is Eternal Live Dates:
Nov 05: SWG3 Glasgow, Scotland UK ^
Nov 06: Tramshed - Cardiff, UK ^
Nov 07: Academy - Manchester, UK ^
Nov 08: Kentish Town Forum - London, UK ^
Nov 09: Underground - Plymouth, UK
Nov 11: The Craufurd Arms - Milton Keynes, UK
Nov 12: New Cross Inn - London, UK
# w/ King Parrot
^ w/ Finch