Santa Cruz, California-based tech-death masters DECREPIT BIRTH have been forced to drop off the "Carnival Of Death" tour with OBITUARY and BROKEN HOPE after their rental van was broken into in San Francisco and all of their personal bags with cash, laptop computers, cell phones, passports, and IDs were stolen. DECREPIT BIRTH states, "This was a major blow to go along with our van catching on fire in Canada and having to leave it there to be junked."
The group continues, "At this point we will have to regretfully drop from the last few days of tour. The costs are overwhelming at this point, and to continue on would dig an even deeper hole of debt for the band, which we can't afford.
"We had a great time touring with our brothers in OBITUARY, BROKEN HOPE, JUNGLE ROT and ENCRUST. These bands were beyond awesome to us during the past week of issues we've gone through.
"Thanks to all the fans for coming out and making this such a great tour aside from the bullshit. We gave it our all every night for you, our fans. We're down but not out..."
DECREPIT BIRTH's third album, "Polarity", sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 18 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Polarity" was released on July 27, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD artwork was completed by cult artist Dan Seagrave (MORBID ANGEL, ENTOMBED, SUFFOCATION).
Drums for "Polarity" were tracked at Sharkbite Studios (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS) in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, SUFFOCATION, IMMOLATION) while the rest of the recordings were overseen by guitarist Matt Sotelo before the entire effort was mixed by Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios.