Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean Premiere “Confusion Hath Fuck His Masterpiece” from Decay and Other Hopes Against Progress

Posted in audiObelisk on September 5th, 2017 by JJ Koczan


Sludge extremists Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean are set to release their debut album, Decay and Other Hopes Against Progress Sept. 15 through Howling Frequency Records. Beyond that, the tracklisting and the fact that the band is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, precious little is known about the band or the record, and by “precious little,” I mean basically nothing. Who the band is, how many of them there are, from the lineups of which other of the Bay State’s many extreme pummelers that membership might be drawn, I’ve no idea. There isn’t even a picture to go from. Hence the art above.

But they’re really fucking heavy, really fucking nasty and as is the case with the best of New England’s bands, you can hear the legacy of claustrophobic Puritan paranoia and the changing of the leaves in the opener “Confusion Hath Fuck His Masterpiece”chained-to-the-bottom-of-the-ocean-decay-and-other-hopes-against-progress from the record, so at least there’s that to go on. Following in the sludgy methods of masters like GriefChained to the Bottom of the Ocean adds formidable and ambience heft to this misanthropic legacy of critique and aural brutality, and while they clearly have a thing for cumbersome titles, their message comes through with cruel efficiency in the key line, “Beware: a fire is coming to blow away your chains.” It is a warning that feels as much about a greater human situation as about the record itself.

I still haven’t heard the full album, so I can’t speak to what the rest of it might have to offer, but along with that anchoring lyric, “Confusion Hath Fuck His Masterpiece” works in two parts, so as you make your way through the premiere below and it cuts to silence at about three and a half minutes into the total 6:44, rest assured, there’s more onslaught to come. Echoing screams, vicious plod and tones of depth enough to earn the band’s moniker pervade, and however much the rest of Decay and Other Hopes Against Progress might follow suit in atmosphere and form, “Confusion Hath Fuck His Masterpiece” makes a terrifying first impression. “Beware: a fire is coming.”

Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean had some comment on the social theme of the song in appropriately strong image, and you’ll find that under the player below, as well as the aforementioned tracklisting and links so you can keep up heading into the Sept. 15 release.

Please enjoy:

Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean on “Confusion Hath Fuck His Masterpiece”:

“The song is about peasant revolts. It’s about putting every king’s head on a pike and getting out from underneath corruption, false leaders, and the failures of government (democratic or not). It’s about the necessary hostile disarming of today’s world powers.”

1. Confusion Hath Fuck His Masterpiece
2. The Mutes Have Begun to Speak
3. Four Cubits and a Span
4. The Dead Who Climb Up to the Sky
5. Hollow Feeds the Emptying Death
6. Escape! Harmony is Disclosure

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