When lead guitarist Eric Clausen left West Coast heavy rockers Snail last summer, he did so with the announcement of his new project, Division Process and its debut album, The Jesus Horses. Recorded by his former bandmate Matt Lynch at his Mysterious Mammal Studios, Clausen is now ready to release The Jesus Horses on May 20 through Dragonwolf Records.
The long-player takes a decidedly darker, more metallic direction than did Snail‘s last outing, Terminus, and as Clausen explains in recapping some of the themes of the record below, that’s no coincidence when it comes to his influences and the point of view from which he was working.
The PR wire has it thus:
DIVISION PROCESS to Release “The Jesus Horses” May 20th
The debut album by DIVISION PROCESS, “The Jesus Horses”, is a narrative of one man’s decent into, and eventual rise out of, his own darkness.
Division Process is the creation of one man: Eric Clausen. Formerly lead guitarist of Snail, Clausen has been a studio heavyweight for years, and now he’s unleashing his fever dream of crank and nicotine on us all. “It’s about drugs. Or, rather, it’s about my journey through heavy drug use.”
It’s a black portrait of personal loss and disassociation including the inevitable spiral into self destruction. Clausen elaborates: “It’s a very personal record for me as it deals with my former drug use and my excuses for using — disillusionment with my surroundings, the loss of my mother to disease and just how everything suddenly seemed to fall apart. While there is no ‘happy ending,’ there is hope by the end when our hero decides to follow a better path rather than seek his own demise.”
The result is an album that is at once heavy, melodic and dark with big guitars and expansive, layered vocals. Says Clausen: “I’m a huge fan of bands with big vocals, be it Queen, ELO, Alice in Chains or whomever. I also love the guitars of TOOL, High on Fire and Cheap Trick and the writing of Trent Reznor.” This eclectic mix comes together in a potent stew of crushing rock.
Enlisting the help of drummer Darby Todd (Gary Moore, The Darkness) and bassist Collyn McCoy (OTEP, The Ultra-Electric Mega Galactic) ensured that the album’s impressive musical prowess would be evident while retaining musicality. “It was important to me that the music groove and swing and be listenable but still have some moments that just drop your jaw. I wanted it to be aggressive on all fronts, including the players’ abilities, without it being a shredder thing. Those boys definitely pulled that off.”
The first release from Dragonwolf Entertainment’s new label, Dragonwolf Records, “The Jesus Horses” is officially released on May 20 on CD and digital and is available on Amazon.com, iTunes, CDBaby and all the usual digital outlets.