by Carved Up

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Matador is the debut album from Carved Up. Released November 13th, 2015 by Crowquill Records on Black and Oxblood colored vinyl.


" surprising riff after another. These guys call to mind KEN mode circa-Entrench with a caustic, funny, and consistently riff-focused approach to post-hardcore" - Brooklyn Vegan

"Riffs jangle and tempos pulsate, while the math-y rock jams and lumbering starts and stops will leave your brain feeling all kinds of mashed up. Coliseum, KENmode and Wild Throne all released some killer material this year but nothing knocked me out in the punk-n-roll department quite like Matador." - Metal Injection

"Make no mistake, Matador is much more than a mere throw back to harmony-adorned Post-Hardcore albums from days of yore—it is a weighty, layered, and aspiring album with fascinating and inspired composition." - OSPREY Music Magazine

"Insanely well-made post-metal madness." - American Aftermath

"The attack is sharp, sustaining a sound more raw than the precision of Pelican. Carved Up execute a record of grand scale with smaller weapons." - New Noise Magazine

Nick Norvilas: Guitars/Bass/Vocals
TJ Schilling: Guitars/Bass/Vocals
Josh Cooper: Drums


released November 13, 2015

Recorded and Mixed at the Skylight Studio by Vince Ratti
Produced by Carved Up at the Cabin and New Sofa Studios
Additional recording by John Fachet, Brad Wallace, Sam Pinola, Will Yip
Additional Cello, Violin and other noises by Greg Bortnichak and Erin Murphy
Album cover photo by Sigfrido Lopez Ferrer



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Carved Up Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Abrasive and lush. Caustic and commanding. A ball of physical, aggressive, post-whatever energy that remains just a little bit charming. We are 3 pieces of work churning out heavy music the only way we know how.

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Track Name: Death Remains The Same
Tacit in the knowledge
Death remains the same
The unreflecting mirror
Two snakes in one cage

When I drink, I drink straight from god
And I drink, I straight from the cobra
Track Name: We Built Riff City
The end hasn't change
We're never coming clean
In june, we are killing
The undying beast

Poke the lion's glove away
The flightless bird
It's mouth is a cancer
Nothing that we'll ever be

Without the cloak
Behold once truths
I've seen with my eyes
What's real is not
Track Name: Crevice / Crevasse
I've got my vices
The crowded heart defines
I slam those classics whole
And wake up aged

I've got my vices
My only start
I wet my whistle good
Thread through the days

I've got my vices
Saw past the end
I tie my lungs up good
I die when I want

Where have you gone
Just a shell of what you were
And at the bottom lies
An ocean of lies and
I can't help that you're running away
Settle down
Push towards the sun