Ulcerate is a death metal band from Auckland, New Zealand. The band formed in 2000 under the name Bloodwreath with Michael Hoggard on guitar, Jamie Saint Merat on drums and Paul Kelland on vocals and bass. They have played alongside international acts such as Cannibal Corpse, The Amenta, Psycroptic, Decapitated, Disgorge, Suffocation, Behemoth, The Black Dahlia Murder and Nile.
1.1 Early days (2000-2003),
1.2 The Coming of Genocide (2004-2005),
1.3 Of Fracture and Failure (2006-2007),
1.4 Everything Is Fire (2008-2010),
1.5 The Destroyers of All (2011-2012),
1.6 Vermis (2013),
2 Band members,
5 External links,
Early days (2000-2003):
Formed in 2000 by Jamie Saint Merat and Michael Hoggard and Mark Seeney, the foundation of Ulcerate was formed. Then under the name "Bloodwreath", this line-up remained intact for all of 2001 whilst the band struggled to find a "sound" both stylistically and compositionally.
Early 2002 brought a line-up change with the enlisting of guitarist Jared Commerer and James Wallace on vocals (Mark having left to become a drummer). The band began writing material that would become Demo 2003. With the release of their first demo it was decided to change their name from "Bloodwreath" to "Ulcerate".
The Coming of Genocide (2004-2005):
In 2004, the band recorded their second demo, The Coming of Genocide. The demo received reasonable reviews from various metal magazines and paved the way to the top of the New Zealand metal scene. The recording of the demo itself was entirely funded by members of the band. The Coming of Genocide has been re-released by The Flood Records and Deepsend Records with the addition of Demo 2003 as a compilation.
Of Fracture and Failure (2006-2007):
In early 2006, Ulcerate signed with Neurotic Records, whose roster at the time included such notable acts as Spawn of Possession, Psycroptic, Visceral Bleeding and Panzerchrist, among others.
Vocalist James Wallace left the band in 2006 just as the band were gearing up to record their first full-length album, entitled Of Fracture and Failure. Ben Read was recruited to fill the vacant vocal position. Ben brought a new take on vocals for the band, as opposed to James Wallace who used low-pitched growls, he had a much broader range with use of almost black metal shrieks and mid-pitched roars, somewhat reminiscent of hardcore vocals. Jared Commerer also left the band and was replaced by 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.
Everything Is Fire (2008-2010):
2008 saw the departure of Ben Read and Michael Rothwell. Oliver Goater of the band Load Master was recruited as Michael's replacement and bassist Paul Kelland took over vocals from Read. With the change of vocalist, Ulcerate saw the return of the low-pitched death growls from the band's earlier recordings. Ulcerate then started writing and recording their second full-length album, Everything Is Fire.
The Destroyers of All (2011-2012):
In April 2010, Ulcerate announced that they were writing songs for a new album. Oliver Goater parted ways with Ulcerate in late 2010, and was replaced by William Cleverdon. They released their third full-length album, The Destroyers of All, on January 25, 2011, through Willowtip Records. They then spent the next two years tours extensively through North America, Europe and Australia in support of The Destroyers of All.
In 2012, Ulcerate signed to Relapse Records and announced plans to record a new album. "After almost exactly twelve months of exhaustive work we are now in the final stages of preparation for our fourth album. This week we enter the studio to track what has become a violent, monolithic piece of work". 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 September 13th in Germany and Benelux, September 16th in the UK and Internationally and September 17th in North America. An in-studio teaser of the album was released by Relapse via YouTube later in July.