I dug the hell out of The Sleeping Wizard, the first album from UK über-stoners Groan (review here, if you doubt me), so it’s good news come in that they’re going to record the follow-up, the name of which you can see below, toward the end of this summer, and tour in the meantime before its release. The band sent this info in while I was away at Roadburn, but I wanted to make sure it got put up anyhow, in case anyone missed it.
The PR wire has it like this:
UK doom ‘n’ rollers Groan are scheduled to record their second album in mid-August. The four-piece, based in different parts of the UK, will record their second album, tentatively titled The Divine Right of Kings, in Mid-Wales’ Foel Studios with Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard, Napalm Death, Serpent Venom) with an anticipated release towards the end of 2011. Among curren t tracks being worked on for the album are “Gods of Fire,” “Sacrificial Virgins” and “Dissolution.”
Bass player, Forest-Dwelling Fuzz Creature says: “We’re trying to get a good balance between classic hard rock and traditional doom for the songs we record for this album. In writing these new songs, I think we’ve really found our voice. We hope to emulate our heroes by recording and releasing an album which is meant to be played from start to finish as opposed to today’s culture of disposable, individual mp3 files; all whilst off our tits.”
Groan’s debut album, The Sleeping Wizard, was released in October 2010 through Doomanoid Records to vast critical praise. A split EP with Finnish doom rockers Vinum Sabbatum is to be released this summer through Doomanoid Records (release date TBC).
After recording The Divine Right of Kings, Groan will hit the road for a short co-headlining tour of the UK with another highly-regarded up-and-coming English band. Details of this tour to be announced at a later date.
Tags: Doomanoid, Groan, UK