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Cretin

Formed: 1992
From: CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Cretin News

Below is our complete Cretin news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Cretin Streaming "Ghost Of Teeth And Hair"

After eight long and eventful years, San Francisco's deranged death/grind freaks from Cretin are back with a brand new full-length album.

NPR also just premiered the new song, "Ghost of Teeth and Hair." Give it a listen below. Relapse Records comments:

"A perverted homage to the glory days of proto-grind and raw, depraved death metal, Cretin perfected the lo-fi stylings of Repulsion, Autopsy. and early Napalm Death on sophomore full-length and second Relapse Records release, 'Stranger.'

"Grab an exclusive preorder bundle with t-shirt and black or blue-and-orange merge vinyl (or CD) from the Relapse webstore here or preorder the digital version directly from the band at Bandcamp.

"Oozing with violent, buzz-saw guitars, grinding grooves and blasts, a gut-wrenching low end and utterly deviant vocals/lyrics, 'Stranger' will bring a malignant smile to those who prefer their listening sick and twisted. The album will be released by Relapse Records on CD, digital, and vinyl formats on December 9, 2014." More...

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Cretin Announces New Album Release

After eight long, eventful years, San Francisco's most deranged death/grind freaks are back with a brand new full-length album.

A perverted homage to the glory days of proto-grind and raw, depraved death metal, Cretin has perfected the lo-fi stylings of Repulsion, Autopsy and early Napalm Death upcoming sophomore full-length, "Stranger."

Check out the first track "It" below, and "Stranger" will be officially released by Relapse Records on CD, digital, and vinyl formats this coming December 9th, 2014. More...

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Cretin Enters The Studio

Relapse Records has checked in with the following announcement about Cretin entering the studio to record a new album:

"Grind purists Cretin are heading back into the studio! The band are currently working on their follow-up to 'Freakery,' their first material in over eight years!"

Photos from the studio can be found at the Cretin Facebook profile here. Bassist Matt Widener had this to say about the project:

"We have entered Compound Recordings in Santa Cruz, CA to start recording our new album. As usual, we cretins are easily distracted and it takes us years to release anything, so we're excited to finally crest this stage of the album. Get ready for more cretanic song-stories and proto-grind, backwoods death metal—this time with extra women and a much bigger sound. With 'Freakery' you grinded like it was ‘89, now you'll grind like it's, uh, ’91?"

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Napalm Death Comments On Decibel Magazine Tour

After completing a co-headlining North American tour with speed punks Municipal Waste, extreme act Napalm Death will now be coming back to the States with Cannibal Corpse and Immolation for the 2013 installment of the Decibel Magazine tour (Cretin, Beyond Creation, and Magrudergrind will also join the tour as rotating support). Vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway comments about this upcoming trek:

"Twice in the USA in the space of a year? Must pinch ourselves a little harder. It's like 22 years ago all over again. Well, the Municipal Waste trip was a very beautiful thing, and we found things to be very vibrant and people rolled out in force. So Albert from Decibel asked us back in an excited voice, and we said 'Oh, go on then' in an excited voice, and thus we'll be seeing you sooner rather than later. It'll be fast, it'll be furious - guaranteed."

Napalm Death will be touring in support of latest release, "Utilitarian," and dates for the tour are below. You can also see what Cannibal Corpse had to say about the tour here. More...

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Cannibal Corpse To Play Decibel Magazine Tour

After the maiden voyage in 2012, Decibel Magazine is doubling down on veteran star power for a second annual national tour.

This spring, the plague spreads as Decibel brings you three living legends of death metal and grindcore: the preeminent gore institution Cannibal Corpse; rabble-rousing U.K. grind icons Napalm Death, and NYDM stalwarts Immolation. The following press release was issued about the tour:

"While occultism permeated last spring's inaugural dB tour—featuring exclusively European headliners in Behemoth, Watain, the Devil's Blood and In Solitude—they looked (mostly) to North America for this year's unholy assemblage. Three of Decibel's favorite underground powerhouses will take on this year's rotating opening slot: demented Bay Area death-grinders Cretin, Canadian tech-prog upstarts Beyond Creation and Beltway grind/powerviolence crushers Magrudergrind. And the time is ripe to see the new bleed into the old: three of the six artists performing are expected to have new records detonating during the tour.

"Kicking off in May, this year's Decibel Magazine Tour gauntlet will last a full week longer than its 2012 counterpart, spanning over 30 North American dates. Presented by Metal Blade, Indiemerchstore.com, Nuclear Blast, Lace Pickups, Century Media and Season of Mist, the 2013 Decibel Magazine Tour will bring together the kind of globally-renowned, boundary-pushing innovators that have made it possible for the magazine to continue thriving for over 100 issues. Coming off a tour noted for Behemoth frontman Nergal's triumphant return to the States following his battle with leukemia—which culiminated in an explosive sold-out closing gig in New York City—Decibel had no choice but to go bigger and even more badass." More...

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Maryland Death Fest IX Day Three

The ninth annual edition of the Maryland Deathfest has grown into a four day affair, spanning Thursday night, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Despite a last minute scare with Sonar possibly closing down, the even took place at Sonar, with the outdoor stages at either end of a closed off Saratoga Street.

This year, Metalunderground.com writer Emily Hingle (aka Buick McKane) was on hand for the entire festival (you can read her reports from day 1 and day 2) and Doug Gibson (aka deathbringer) was present on Saturday.

After an adventurous drive around the venue a few times trying to figure out how to reach the parking lot with Saratoga Street closed off, I finally arrived in time to see Creative Waste’s set. Sonar is a dark venue at any time, but entering from the afternoon sunlight, it seemed pitch black and took a few minutes to adjust.

Creative Waste took the stage and their sound was painfully loud. And they’re only a three-piece band, with a vocalist, guitarist and drummer - no bassist. The Saudi band described themselves as grindcore, but sounded more like a very hardcore influenced brand of metal. The music wasn’t my thing and the excessive volume that was not pleasant even with ear plugs sealed the deal for me.

Mammoth Grinder took the stage next, and I didn’t recognize them at first. The first few songs sounded a bit thin and reminded me of Prong, who while I enjoy, always had a weaker sound as a 3-piece. A few songs into their set, things got heavier and thrashier, evoking thoughts of Slayer. Then I recognized them as the band I saw at SXSW earlier this year. The remainder of their set was fast and heavy and made Mammoth Grinder the best band I witnessed on the inside stage that day. More...

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Maryland Deathfest To Go On At Sonar As Planned

The Maryland Deathfest organizers report that "Sonar will be re-opening before MDF, and technically they already have."

As previously reported, the venue of the Maryland Deathfest was up in the air when Baltimore's Sonar nightclub failed to renew their liquor license and closed its doors.

The organizers futher commented: "These last couple of days have been incredibly confusing and stressful, but we are currently back to the regularly scheduled program. And don't worry, beyond plan B is a plan C, because that's how we roll. See you in a couple of weeks."

As such, the set times that were previously announced should now hold.

Here's the updated flier: More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2011 To Change Venues

The ninth annual Maryland Deathfest has announced the final lineup and set times for the event. However, not long after announcing these details came word that the Baltimore venue, Sonar, unexpectedly closed its doors today. The festival organizers claim to have a backup plan that should involve little to no inconvenience to ticket holders (even those coming from out of town) and will be releasng more details soon.

Until then, the announced lineup and set times are as follows:

Thursday, May 26th
Entrance opens at 4 pm

MAIN ROOM
WITCHAVEN - 4:45 - 5:15
SHITSTORM - 5:30 - 5:55
NOISEAR - 6:10 - 6:40
MIASMAL - 6:55 - 7:30
LACK OF INTEREST - 7:45 - 8:20
FLESH PARADE - 8:35 - 9:10
EXTORTION - 9:25 - 10:00
BUZZOV*EN - 10:15 - 11:00
TRAGEDY - 11:15 - 12:00
CATHEDRAL - 12:15 - end More...

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Death Breath Confirmed For Maryland Death Fest

Sweden's Death Breath is the latest band to be confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Maryland Death Festival. Next year's festival will take place from May 26th - 29th, 2011. Further details on the festival can be found at this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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First Bands Confirmed For Maryland Deathfest 2011

The organisers of the Maryland Deathfest have announced the first ten confirmations for next year's edition of the festival. Among them are recently reunited death metal outfit Exhumed, reactivated groove metal instigators Exhorder and Italian grindcore veterans Cripple Bastards, as well as Impaled Nazarene, Repugnant, The Kill, Wormed, Blood Freak, Cretin and Nightbringer. The festival will take place from May 27th-29th. Stay tuned for further information.

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Cretin Announce First Ever Live Performances

CRETIN has announced its first ever live performances.

The first show will occur on September 11th in San Francisco, CA at the Elbo Room as part of the 2006 Relapse Records Contamination show where CRETIN will perform alongside labelmates UNEARTHLY TRANCE, FACEDOWNINSH*T, F*UCK THE FACTS and MINSK. The Relapse Contamination Tour 2006 kicks-off today in Allston, MA and will make its way cross-country throughout the month of September. For more information on the Relapse Contamination Tour 2006, please access www.MySpace.com/Recontaminate.

The second live CRETIN performance will take place on November 25th in Baltimore, MD at Sonar as part of the Auditory Assault Fest with ATHEIST, MISERY INDEX, NAPALM DEATH, and more. For more information on the Relapse sponsored Auditory Assault Fest, please access www.supremebrutality.com/auditoryassault. More...

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Cretin Signs To Relapse Records

Relapse Records have announced the signing of Bay Area grindcore trio, CRETIN. CRETIN (Dan Martinez: guitars / vocals, Matt Widener: bass, Col Jones: drums) take lo-fi to new heights and depravity to new lows. CRETIN's first official release as a band on the Relapse roster will be a split release with label-mates PIG DESTROYER, due out later this year. CRETIN is also rehearsing material for their first full-length album, slated for a late 2005 release via Relapse. Senses will be debauched. Eardrums, assaulted. Prepare for the cretanic grind invasion.

"We're very proud to be part of the Relapse roster," Martinez says, "a label that has represented grind and death metal for over ten years. We hope to make everyone proud." Widener, who also fronts political grindcore band, Citizen, says, "Relapse is the perfect home for Cretin; really, the only one I can imagine. I'm glad that they're giving us this chance." Jones, who still drums for thrash metal band, Dekapitator, admits, "I've been with Relapse for years, and I know Cretin can deliver the goods.

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