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18+ Bodysnatcher, Angelmaker, Paleface (CH), Distant & Thirst

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Respectable Street 518 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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An epically unashamed demonstration of aggression, Bodysnatcher’s music is dark, furious,

and threatening. It’s a sound born from the burden of struggle and an unwavering commit


ment to continued survival against all obstacles. Bodysnatcher put the “core” back in Death




, the Melbourne, Florida quartet’s third album, crackles with rage and power.

As seen on tour with Chelsea Grin, Lorna Shore, and Slaughter To Prevail, and in a series of

increasingly packed, sweaty, and electrifying club shows, Bodysnatcher music, lyrics, and

imagery already inspired several tattoos and proven transformative to deeply connected


The alligator-filled swamps and burned-out tourist beaches of Florida were fertile ground

for death metal when the late/great Chuck Schuldiner took his love of heavy thrash and

crushed it into a new subgenre. The Sunshine State gave gruesome birth to genre pioneers

like Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary, and Deicide. Morrisound Recording became the site

where legendary bands summoned essential albums. Florida claims almost as many crucial

hardcore, punk, and power-violence bands, including Poison The Well, Shai Hulud, Brethren,

Assück, and Strongarm.

Kyle Medina (vocals), Kyle Carter (guitar), Kyle Shope (bass), and Chris Whited (drums) em


body the hardcore spirit and cut their teeth in the tight-knit community. They are monikered

after the nickname of one of history’s most notorious serial killers, Ed Gein, and represent


ed by a triangular symbol steeped in alchemy and the occult. But Bodysnatcher lyrics owe

more to the horrors of domestic strife than the gore of their Florida-based forebearers in

Cannibal Corpse.

The inception point came with the purest of intentions. “I was around 17,” Medina explains.

“We were just going to be a band that was basically a ‘breakdown band’ for my friends to

mosh to.”

Eventually stabilizing with a lineup that overlapped at various points with beloved groups like

King Conquer and Dealey Plaza, Bodysnatcher released a quick succession of albums and EPs, most notably



Death of Me

(2017), and the utterly crushing


Heavy Void

(2020). Combined with a blistering live show, this led to a deal with the MNRK

Heavy label.


is the darkest offering yet from Bodysnatcher, burning with an intensity derived

from a further focus on sonic pummeling and truth-telling narratives. “Even as a pissed-off

teenager, the first songs I wrote were about personal experiences and people who did me

wrong,” Medina says. “The musicianship is more mature; there are still a lot of breakdowns

but done in a much smarter way. It’s definitely still Bodysnatcher. It’s like Bodysnatcher on


All of the guys contribute to the lyrics, resulting in multiple points of view and diverse in


sights anchored by common themes of catharsis and resistance. “Absolved of the Strings

and Stone” is a battle cry against the gaslighting and emotional abuse of toxic people. “Hol


low Shell” delves into strained familial dynamics, where some family members live as virtual

prisoners to others.

“Wired for Destruction” confronts death anxiety. “It’s about the fear of the unknown, how all

of us will move on,” says Medina. “Are we just going to return to dust? Are we just forgot


ten?” Even amidst the uncertainty and darkness, there’s an underlying positivity to be mined

within. “Value Through Suffering” takes a proactive stance on hardship, a way to rebuild

from the wreckage.

Too many bands resist genre classification in an aloof effort to distinguish themselves from

every other band, inadvertently consigning themselves to talking points that sound like ev


eryone else. Bodysnatcher is, without apology, a deathcore band. There is no compromise

in the cards.

“Deathcore kicks ass. A lot of bands shy away from labels they don’t deem ‘cool’ enough.

But we don’t give a fuck,” Medina says proudly. “We like what we like, and we play what we

play. We all love hardcore and metal, so we’re going to play hardcore, play metal, and play


“And that’s how the band is going to be, forever.

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