Pathology is an American slam death metal band. Having started as just another Dave Astor project, they have unexpectedly risen very quickly into being a fairly big name in modern death metal.
Formed in San Diego, California in 2006 by Dave Astor (drums), Tim Tiszczenko (guitars), and Ramon Mercado (vocals), the band has since gone through a whirlwind of lineup shifts over the years that have included, among others, Matti Way, though their most major event was a deal with Victory Records in 2010, which concluded in 2013 and was followed up by a new deal with Sevared, along with a (supposedly) indefinite break from touring. A new album is on its way, though only time will tell what the future will bring them from there.
As of 2018, they have returned to the active touring scene with a new lineup; in addition to Astor, their current lineup includes Obie Flett (Inherit Disease, Iniquitous Deeds) on vocals, Dan Richardson (Condemned, Lord of War) on guitar, and Ricky Jackson (ex-Suffokate) on bass.
- Surgically Hacked (2006)
- Incisions of Perverse Debauchery (2008)
- Age of Onset (2009)
- Code Injection (2010) - single
- Legacy of the Ancients (2010)
- Awaken to the Suffering (2011)
- Tyrannical Decay (2012) - single
- The Time of Great Purification (2012)
- Lords of Rephaim (2013)
- Throne of Reign (2014)
- Pathology (2017)
- Reborn to Kill (2019)
The band contains examples of the following tropes:
- Gorn: Their main lyrical approach until Legacy.
- I Am the Band: Dave Astor
- Indecipherable Lyrics: Even by slam standards, Jonathan Huber was really, really bad about this. They're damn near impossible to figure out even with a lyric sheet.
- Metal Band Mascot: The mad scientist, who is himself an homage to Herbert West.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A solid 11 for their entire career.
- New Sound Album: Awaken was the first album with Kevin Schwartz, who brought with him guitar solos and more technical riffing.
- Nobody Loves the Bassist: Oscar Ramirez and Ricky Jackson are the only ones who have stayed for any length of time, and they usually just have one of the guitarists double up on bass on the albums.
- Revolving Door Band: In the twelve years that they've been around, they have never kept a lineup for any length of time when they were an active live act, and their return to the live scene in 2018 included a brief revolving door of vocalists.
- Slam Death Metal
- Start My Own: Started by Dave Astor as another project sometime after he left Cattle Decapitation and eventually became his main band.