Posted in Whathaveyou on November 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Most recently heard from with late-2014’s Advent studio sessions recording, which was released digitally just days after it was completed, North Carolina post-rockers From Oceans to Autumn have announced that their second official full-length, titled Ether / Return to Earth, will be out in 2017 on Argonauta Records. It’s a double-CD, so presumably one is Ether and the other is Return to Earth, and while we’re speculating, it doesn’t seem unlikely either that the titles perhaps give some clue as to the sounds contained in each of the album’s two parts — as in, maybe the second is where From Oceans to Autumn come across more grounded sonically than the first. Just guessing here, folks. Just guessing.
No word on a definite, nailed-down release date yet, but Argonauta had the following pretty picture and verbiage on the subject, and if you wanted to check out Advent, it’s name-your-price from the Bandcamp player at the bottom of the post:
FROM OCEANS TO AUTUMN, new “double album” to be released in 2017!
North Carolina based outfit FROM OCEANS TO AUTUMN return after their last album “A Perfect Dawn” of 2013 and several digital EPs released in 2014/2015.
Being a perfect blend of Post Rock / Ambient and Instrumental Post Metal sonorities, this will be a massive effort by the band, a stunning double album where huge landscapes typical of a band as JAKOB meets the impressive “wall of sound” of ROSETTA.
From Oceans to Autumn’s Brandon Helms (also in MAGI and MOUNTAINS AMONG US) says: “Writing and recording of this double album has been going on for 2 years off and on. Mainly in the fall months. We wanted something a little different, yet was still us at heart. The songs are more airy, with the guitars seemingly drift in and out of consciousness.”
“Ether/Return to Earth” is a sound experience where ethereal and dreamlike atmosphere of the first part is in opposition to the darker and “otherworldly” feel of the second one.
FROM OCEANS TO AUTUMN come-back has been scheduled in 2017 and will be released as 2CD/DD by ARGONAUTA Records.
Posted in Whathaveyou on October 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
The touring schedule of North Carolinian sludge mainstays Weedeater — who were into this shit before anyone was paying attention and will be around long after everyone else has gone, make no mistake — remains more than respectable. On Oct. 4, they began yet another run through Europe to support their 2015 album, Goliathan (review here), which was their fifth outing overall and first for Season of Mist.
And I don’t know when the last time you saw Weedeater was — you’ll forgive the assumption that you’ve seen them before, but let’s face it, you probably have — but they’re crushing it as always. It’s been a while for me, I’ll admit, but I can only recommend that you Euro-types haul your ass out to one of the gigs if you haven’t yet, because there’s nothing quite like Weedeater on stage to turn your blood into molasses… in a good way.
Dates and info follow, courtesy of the PR wire:
WEEDEATER embark on European tour
Notorious southern metal outfit WEEDEATER have kicked off their previously announced European fall tour. The band will travel through Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France and more, before concluding at Desertfest in Belgium. Following the Desert Fest appearance, the band will continue through the UK with a headlining run. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
WEEDEATER are touring in support of their new album Goliathan’. The album is streaming here. ‘Goliathan’ is available across various CD and LP formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.
‘Goliathan’ once again features album art by Arik Roper (HIGH ON FIRE, SLEEP, THE BLACK CROWES) and will be available across multiple CD and Ltd. Ed. LP formats. WEEDEATER previously re-issued their first four albums, ‘Jason…the Dragon’, ‘Sixteen Tons’, ‘…And Justice for Y’all’, and ‘God Luck and Good Speed”. The long out of print albums are available as vinyl for the first time, as well as a CD and digitally at the Season of Mist E-shop and at Bandcamp.
WEEDEATER TOUR DATES Oct 5 Dresden (DE) Scheune* Oct 7 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof* Oct 8 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang* Oct 9 Arnhem (NL) Willemeen* Oct 10 Hannover (DE) Cafe Glocksee* Oct 11 Würzburg (DE) Immerhin* Oct 12 Nantes (FR) Scene Michelet* Oct 13 Bordeaux (FR) Le Fridge* Oct 14 Roissy (FR) Pub ADK* Oct 15 Antwerpen (BE) Desertfest* Oct 16 Birmingham (UK) @ The Flapper+ Oct 17 Leeds (UK) @ The Brudenell Social Club+ Oct 18 Glasgow (UK) @ Cathouse+ Oct 19 London (UK) @ Underworld+ *w/ Arabrot + w/ Conjurer
Between 2001 and 2004, Beaten Back to Pure released three albums of unrepentantly kickass Southern metal. With elements of thrash, death metal, classic heavy rock and more, they were a ferocious, drunk force to be reckoned with, and across ’01’s Southern Apocalypse, the next year’s The Last Refuge of the Sons of Bitches, and ’04’s The Burning South, they ripped through heavy and metallic convention and cast their own identity at a time before a new generation was about to discover what sonic weight sounded like. That timing means that, while they kicked ass at Emissions from the Monolith, they never quite got the recognition they deserved, as was the case with many acts of that same era. MySpace was a long time ago.
This past weekend, Beaten Back to Pure vocalist Ben Hogg (also Night Magic, Birds of Prey, ex-Hour of 13) put out word he’d be posting the band’s first new song since The Burning South was released on behalf of himself and guitarist/engineer Vince Burke (also Hail!Hornet), who also helmed the recording at his Sniper Studio. The track has the working title “Life Time Served,” which I’m told might change, and while it revives some of the core push and extremity that made Beaten Back to Pure so righteous during their initial run, that spacious guitar intro at the start and all those cleaner, more soulful vocals are hard to ignore. Nor do I want to, frankly. “Life Time Served” would seem to benefit from the work Burke and Hogg have done since their last outing together, and from where I sit, that only makes it stronger.
Check it out below, followed by an update on where the band is at now. When and if I hear of a new release, I’ll keep you posted.
Beaten Back to Pure, “Life Time Served”
First new song in over a decade. We got 9 of em. We’re calling it an album but maybe just 9 singles. Like Flo Rida.
Aight folks uploading this was a bitch. Vince is passing out like a lame. Anyway, here’s what I was speaking on earlier. There’s some intro but it’s all sick
Actually just occurred to me I hope y’all dare this shit.
That makes no sense^ we were drinking like broz do. I’m not sure what I was trying to say.
Beaten Back to Pure: Ben Hogg – crooner Vince Burke – drunk Richie Scharr – friend of Scott Travis Slam Jacobs – impoverished David Vaughn – new guy
They were known as Soon just a couple scant months ago when they released their debut album, Vol. 1 (review here), through Temple of Torturous, but apparently sometime between then and now, they’ve added the someone-threatened-to-sue A.D. to the moniker. Thus, Soon A.D. have a new video. Fine. My question here is who the hell owns the word “soon?” Is there another band out there called Soon? Was the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, four-piece just completely tired of being Googleproof? I’d be very interested to know what happened there. Soon A.D., however, seem to prefer being shrouded in mystery.
If you got the chance to hear Vol. 1, there’s a high probability “Gold Soul” was one of the most resonant impressions. Like the bulk of its surroundings, it’s coated in effects and given a melodic depth to match, but its central riff is a particular standout and likely to get in your head and not get out. Soon A.D. wander around here and there during the midsection of the song, but the verses have a kind of lumber to them that usually doesn’t come hand-in-hand with their brand of accessibility. It’s the key blend — heavy, melodic, psychedelic, poppy — that defines Soon A.D.‘s first offering, and it would seem to be the groundwork for future stylistic expansion. At least that’s the hope.
Album is out now. Might be a sleeper, but I think if you take the time to check out “Gold Soul” below, you’re not likely to regret it.
Soon A.D., “Gold Soul” official video
Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based transcendental rock unit, SOON A.D., (formerly Soon), is very pleased to unveil the stunning new video accompaniment to “Gold Soul.”
What SOON A.D. has manifested with Vol. 1 is multifaceted, melodic and adventurous. The Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based quartet pulled from a deep well of influence and experience in crafting its eight-song LP spending a concentrated week of revising and tracking, plus two months of tinkering, at the Greensboro studio Legitimate Business with engineer Kris Hilbert (Torch Runner, Between The Buried And Me, The Body) at the helm.
Posted in Reviews on June 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Well here we are. Standing on the precipice of a week of 50 reviews, looking out together at the geographic and sonic expanses that will be covered. I never know entirely what a given Quarterly Review is going to bring. Some have been smooth, some not. This one is being put together very little pre-production in terms of chasing down band links and that sort of thing, so I expect it’s going to be an adventure one way or another. I’ll keep you updated as we go as to my mental state and the deterioration thereof.
If you don’t know the drill, The Obelisk’s Quarterly Review is a week every three months in which I review 10 albums per day, Monday through Friday. Some of it was released in the prior three months, some of it is brand new, some of it probably isn’t out yet, some of it is probably older. It’s all relevant one way or another. I hope you find something you enjoy.
Quarterly Review #1-10:
Sourvein, Aquatic Occult
Looking at the makeup of Sourvein’s much-awaited fourth album, Aquatic Occult (on Metal Blade), it’s understandable why it might’ve taken five years to put together. Yes, they had splits out in between, as they do, but the band’s last full-length was 2011’s Black Fangs (review here), and though the 14-song/42-minute Aquatic Occult is manageable, with a host of interludes to carry the listener along its thick-toned, undulating waves, a swath of guest appearances no doubt played havoc with logistics. Fortunately, Sourvein’s figurehead, vocalist T-Roy Medlin, seems to thrive on chaos. Working with producer Mike Dean (C.O.C.), and a revolving-door lineup that here features Lou Gorra of Halfway to Gone, Medlin brazenly explores a more melodic dynamic than he ever has. It’s a rare band looking to experiment after 20 years, a rarer band still that pulls it off so well. There’s still some sludgy rasp and guest growling, but Sabbathian roll is the order of the day ultimately and Medlin’s homage to his home in Cape Fear, North Carolina, establishes a breadth unheard before from Sourvein that’s worthy of the years and obvious effort that went into its making.
Hamburg duo Mantar’s blend of thrash, sludge and blackened doom is brash, righteously punkish and thus far uncompromised in its malevolent intent. On their second album and Nuclear Blast debut, Ode to the Flame, songs like “Era Borealis” swagger as much as they sneer, the middle-finger-up arrogance becoming part of the appeal. “The Hint” offers some tinge of melody and “I Omen” some organ-laced atmospherics, but Mantar, who debuted in 2015 with the also fire-minded Death by Burning (review here) on Svart, carry their extremity forward like the next logical step of the same impulses that High on Fire once brought forth. Their tempo shifts, from blazing squibblies to outright lumbering, are pulled off with due fuckall, and the shouts from guitarist/vocalist Hanno and drummer/vocalist Erinc are spit forth in a manner near-indecipherable but still have no trouble getting their point across. Mantar are positioning themselves to be the kick in the ass that the underground needs. The next few years (and albums) will see how that pans out, but for now they have two scorchers under their collective belt.
There is a stylistic restlessness to stretches of Elevators to the Grateful Sky’s second record, Cape Yawn (on HeviSike), that becomes the uniting factor between the adrenaline-amped opening with “Ground” and “Bullet Words” and the later dream-surf Yawning Man-meets-sax unfurling of the title-track. The Palermo, Italy, outfit have stated their intention as capturing a blend of ‘90s alternative and modern heavy. Fair enough, but hearing that play out on the penultimate “Mountain Ship” in a mix of weighted riffing and laid back vocals giving way to shouts, it seems that to me that next time out, Elevators to the Grateful Sky should probably just start saying they sound like themselves, because they do. Granted, they’re pulling elements from familiar sources – Soundgarden, Kyuss, etc. – but in giving them new context, the four-piece are defining their sound as moving fluidly between the various styles, and that’s to be commended. The more you put into listening, the more you’ll get out of it.
Representing a 50 percent reunion of Burning Witch, the droning contemplations and hellish atmospherics of The Poisoned Glass’ Ritual Productions debut, 10 Swords, pique immediate interest. And bassist/percussionist/etc.-ist G. Stuart Dahlquist and vocalist/keyboardist Edgy 59 do not disappoint. With unspeakable patience, they execute six grueling and cinematic pieces that seem to find comfort in tortured expression and that feel claustrophobic even as they continue to expand outward and downward through “Plume Veil” and “Toil and Trouble” into the extended closing duo “Silent Vigil” – spoiler alert: not actually silent – and “Low Spirits,” which moves from minimalist stillness through far-back screams and into a wash of synth before its seven minutes are up, covering more ground in one track than some bands do in their entire career. Fair to say on the whole 10 Swords is an immersive listen, but the prevailing vibe is much less “diving in” than “being swallowed whole by some obscure medieval terror.” So, you know, watch out for that.
Los Angeles newcomers Spirit Collector make their debut with the self-released, three-song Owls to Athens EP, clear in its intent and brimming with airy, post-rock-derived guitar atmospherics. A particularly telling moment arrives with the Terence McKenna sample in centerpiece “Reclaim Your Mind,” which speaks of casting off the culture of celebrity worship for a richer human experience, but it’s in the extended closer “Theosophy” (7:57) that Spirit Collector find their footing someplace between a doomed plod and thoughtful psychedelia, picking up a chugging momentum as they push through toward the almost blackened finish, having come a surprising distance since their eponymous opener set the tone for expanse. An encouraging first offering if somewhat familiar superficially as instrumental heavy post-rock (think Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles, Red Sparowes, etc.), and there’s nothing in Owls to Athens to make one think Spirit Collector can’t move forward and develop the experimental drive they begin to show here.
Vieh, the debut full-length from Colonge-based desert rocking foursome Phiasco, takes its name from the German word for “cattle.” The band owe some of their fuzz to Truckfighters and some of their psychedelic wash to Sungrazer, but the attitude in songs like “Ultimate Warrior” – comprised largely of riffs topped with an extended sample from the titular professional wrestler – and “Sunndown” is their own, as is the we’re-still-having-a-really-good-time-while-we-make-this-15-minute-song closer “Phisco” (sic), a highlight of the live-recorded full-length, which across its span is light on pretense and heavy on bounce. Cuts like “Old Town” and opener “Back to the Future” – hey, that’s a movie! – bring catchy hooks, and the uptempo “Erasing Rabbits with My Phaserlight” winds up as harmonized as goofed out, and thus is all the more engaging. There’s a certain amount of getting by on charm here, but Phiasco have a capable, varied songwriting process that’s given due fullness and clarity in these eight tracks.
Man, who gives a shit about anything else when Glaswegian five-piece The Cosmic Dead are enacting their hypnotic swirl? Their latest instrumental invitation to watch existence melt is called Rainbowhead and it arrives through Paradigms Recordings (CD) and Blackest Rainbow Records (LP) with four tracks that serve as the band’s first full-length since 2014’s EasterFaust, though they’ve had splits in between to keep a prolific rate of offerings fitting for their explorational heavy psych/space rock. The bulk of Rainbowhead is engagingly upbeat as side A plays out across “Human Sausage,” “Skye Burial” and the 13-minute “Inner C,” and side B’s 18-minute title-track follows suit as The Cosmic Dead seem to have found a similar niche between progressive rock and psych to that which Mammatus proffered on their most recent outing. It suits The Cosmic Dead, and they keep an improv vibe prevalent as ever, grasping the subconscious with trip-on-it lysergic pulsations.
Deeply textured and lush in its construction around guitar arrangements, percussive and keyboard-laden melodic flourish, Postures’ second full-length, Halucinda (on World in Sound), plays back and forth between prog and heavy rock impulses. The Gothenburg, Sweden, five-piece seem most at home in extended tracks like “Myriad Man,” “Every Room” and the jazzy 10-minute “Wavemaker,” but even the acoustic-led centerpiece interlude “A Million Sequences” invites the audience to turn up the volume for maximum wash effect. Paulina Nyström delivers a powerful, commanding and fluid vocal performance, and while the rhythm section of bassist Per Pettersson and drummer Isak Björhag are the foundation on which these complex structures play out – Viktor Andersson and Benjamin Watts handle guitar; Madeleine Sjögren is credited with backing vocals/keys and Margit Gyllspång percussion/backing vocals – there’s no angle from which Postures don’t come across rich and vital in their winding but well-plotted course, one song feeding fluidly to the next until the dreamy “In the Dark” rounds out with the emotional apex of the record.
What else to call a stoner band from Estonia? Estoner’s appeal, however, goes well beyond their moniker. The Tallinn-based outfit’s second album, Lennud Saatana Dimensioonis, arrives in a handmade hexagonal CD package, heat sealed, as well as with complete visual accompaniment on limited VHS and cassette via Golem Records. The music is no less relentlessly creative, running a gamut between prog, black metal, heavy rock, psychedelia, space rock and probably a few others in its seven-track course. A song like “Teleporteerumine” conjures darkened swirl and “Reptiloid” follows through with foreboding threat, but Estoner plunge even deeper as they go, proferring aesthetic reach that makes seemingly disparate elements work together fluidly on “Hüvasti, Kosmiline Monoliit” and the 10-minute closing title-track. Perhaps the highest compliment one can pay to Lennud Saatana Dimensioonis is to call it Svart-worthy, as its diverse means of engulfing the listener speak to a forward-thinking approach that one can only hope Estoner continue to develop.
Extra points to Swedish troupe The Black Explosion for opening their third album, the space-fuzzed out Atomic Zod War (on Metalville Records), with its longest track, the 13-minute “Paralyzed.” That song offers a languid voyage through uncharted jammy reaches, and that sets an open, laid back expectation that the rest of the album seems only too glad to build on, from the Nebula-via-Monster Magnet blown out vibes of “Ain’t Coming Home” to the semi-garage buzz of “Going Down,” a highlight groove that emphasizes the natural, raw tones at play leading into “Get My Mind Together” and the finisher “Devil Inside,” which brings the guitar of Chris Winter (also Dollhouse) forward with backing from bassist Simon Haraldsson and drummer Andreas Lindquist that feels born of the new West Coast tradition but is likely playing off of older impulses. But for its hey-look-it’s-tits cover art, the grit Atomic Zod War offers comes through organically and draws the listener in with its live feel and underlying boogie.
Posted in Whathaveyou on June 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
With a new label behind them in Accident Prone Records and a clear demonstration of a more raging approach in the streaming track ‘The Somnambulist,’ North Carolinian post-metal trio work quickly to follow-up their second album, The Golden Veil (review here), with Pilgrimage of Loathing. The band make no bones about the social themes with which they’re working this time out, and certainly in that regard there’s plenty to talk about these days in the US, with our rampaging shitshow election cycle, generations of needless warmongering, discrimination and on and on, so cheers to Make for being so bold as to seize the moment and channel that aggression into something so useful as a creative work, as opposed to, say, an online clickbait thinkpiece about how someone “totally slayed” Donald Trump, which seems to be all anyone else has come up with at this point.
Album info, preorder link and the stream of “The Somnambulist” follow here, courtesy of the PR wire. You’ll note a more blackened approach to the vocals than their last time out. Have to wonder if that plays out across the whole record. Would be fitting enough if so:
MAKE premiere brand new track ‘The Somnambulist’ and announce new partnership with Accident Prone Records.
New album out July 15.
Chapel Hill, NC, psychedelic doom warriors MAKE have unveiled the first track off their highly-anticipated third album, Pilgrimage Of Loathing, due out on July 15 via Accident Prone Records. Titled ‘The Somnambulist’, the new track is a hulking beast that sets the tone for the rest of the album – a far more venomous affair than last year’s acclaimed ‘The Golden Veil’.
Fueled by disgust and anger at the current state of the US political system, especially the discriminatory laws being enforced on people within their home state of NC, Pilgrimage Of Loathing builds on the foundations laid by their two previous albums and explores darker musical territories and intent.
Says Scott Endres (vocals / guitar): “This record is very much a response to all of the horrible, horrible shit happening in America right now. So much to be ashamed of. We loathe the police who kill minorities, we loathe the politicians who paint targets on minority groups for career gain, we loathe the general complacency of the entire populous, we loathe the media who gave Trump the time of day, we loathe the oligarchy the country has become. So much loathing, so much awfulness. And we trudge through it with our middle fingers in the air saying, ‘We are not fucking ok with any of this.’”
Recorded by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Sunn0))), Phantomsmasher), the album will be MAKE’s first for Portland, OR, based Accident Prone Records after recently inking a deal.
Says Gary Bahen (AP Chief): “I found out about MAKE on a recent trip to Chapel Hill. When I got back to Portland, I checked them out, and was instantly blown away by what I heard. They’re reminiscent of some of my favorite metal bands, but at the same time truly unique in the overall feelings and emotions that they evoke. I believe strongly in a DIY ethic, and try to run Accident Prone accordingly. That is another thing that drew me to MAKE. They obviously don’t sit back and wait for people to do things for them, they actively put out records, promote shows, tour, etc. I’m very excited to be releasing Pilgrimage Of Loathing and can’t wait to unleash it on the world.”
Pilgrimage Of Loathing is available for pre-order now on Vinyl and digital formats here.
Catch MAKE live when they hit the road in July with Dragged Into Sunlight and Primitive Man.
JULY w/ Dragged Into Sunlight and Primitive Man 19 SAN ANTONIO, TX, Paper Tiger 20 DALLAS, TX, Three Links 21 NEW ORLEANS, LA, Siberia 22 ATLANTA, GA, The Earl 23 RALEIGH, NC, Kings
MAKE are Scott Endres (vocals, guitar), Spencer Lee (vocals, bass), Luke Herbst (drums)
Posted in Whathaveyou on April 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
This one kind of sells itself, doesn’t it? Pretty straightforward? News of Weedeater and Conan touring Australia and New Zealand together is pretty much a dogwhistle to the converted signaling its own utter necessity. The US and UK acts, both primo proliferators of riff, will join forces in what I’ll assume is the dead of winter in that part of the world, and unleash their ultra-stoned and ultra-destructive methods over the course of six shows. I’ve never hung out with the Weedeater cats, but I hear they’re great guys, and from what I know, the dudes in Conan are also cool as hell, so apart perhaps from the travel involved, I can’t imagine the two bands won’t come out of the tour as good friends.
Good, hungover friends. The PR wire had this to offer:
WEEDEATER (USA) & CONAN (UK) Australia/New Zealand July 2016
LIFE IS NOISE PRESENTS:
WEEDEATER (USA) & CONAN (UK) AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND JULY 2016
LIFE IS NOISE is very excited to announce that US trio Weedeater will be bringing their brand of stoner sludge to Australia and New Zealand this July… and as if that weren’t enough, they’ll be taking brutally monolithic UK outfit Conan along for the ride. This will be a menacing, heavy and destructively loud tour.
For the first time ever, LIFE IS NOISE is proud to be bringing North Carolina’s favourite cough syrup swilling, hot sauce snorting weirdos, Weedeater to venues across Oz and NZ. Fronted by legendary bassist/vocalist “Dixie” Dave Collins, Weedeater are a dirty stoner force only to be fully appreciated up close and live with a show full of noise, sweat, spit, and fire. Weedeater will give you a contact high from merely listening.
Conan are punishingly loud, mercilessly heavy and just downright menacing.
Forming in 2006, the Liverpudlian trio’s latest release, Revengeance, is their third album of “caveman battle doom” – where ferociously hammered drums and sludge-filled guitar and bass meet torturously howled vocals to create music that sounds like a herd of war elephants marching over the bones of a vanquished army.
On stage, Conan are simply a behemoth of a band playing in front of a wall of amplifiers pushed to their limit. Pummelingly intense, you don’t just see a Conan show, you try to survive it!
Catch Weedeater and Conan on the following dates:
Wellington – San Fran – July 12 Auckland – Kings Arms – July 13 Brisbane – Crowbar – July 14 Sydney – Manning Bar – July 15 Melbourne – Max Watt’s – July 16 Perth – Rosemount Hotel – July 17
North Carolinian sludge mainstays Sourvein make their long-anticipated debut on Metal Blade Records this Friday with Aquatic Occult, an album that’s as much a departure from their past work as it is affirmation of the vibes frontman T-Roy Medlin has been eliciting for more than 20 years in the band. Produced by Mike Dean of Corrosion of Conformity and featuring that same band’s Reed Mullin on drums for several tracks, there are ties to be made there sonically as well, but Sourvein retain the underlying sense of grit that they last brought to bear album-wise on 2011’s Black Fangs (review here), with a completely different lineup around Medlin and a methodology much less geared toward incorporating guest appearances from the likes of Stig Miller, Mullin, Dean Berry of Iron Monkey, Keith Kirkum, formerly of Weedeater, and others.
That tradition, which specifically around “Ocypuss” seems to be derived from classic hip-hop, comes accompanied by the boldest stylistic shift Sourvein have ever made, with Medlin refining a cleaner vocal approach than he’s ever used before, and the band around him — bassist Lou Gorra (Halfway to Gone), guitarist Kevin Rochelle, drummer Spider — indulging experiments like “Mermaids” and the atmospheric “Cape Fearian” and bass-led “Bermuda Sundown” while still rolling out an abrasive push like that of “High Tide.” If you thought you knew what Sourvein were all about, and you haven’t yet had a taste of Aquatic Occult, there’s a good chance the band will surprise you at some point in the record’s 14-track/42-minute course.
A new video for “Avian Dawn” showcases some but not all of what I’m talking about and represents well the natural feel that Dean‘s recording brings to the album as a whole. The clip is comprised mostly of spliced together studio footage and gives a bit of insight into how the record was made. You’ll find it below, followed by the complete tracklisting and lineup for the album, courtesy of the PR wire.
Sourvein, “Avian Dawn” official video
Doom/sludge metal vets Sourvein will release their long-awaited Metal Blade Records debut, Aquatic Occult, on April 8th worldwide. Featuring guest performances by Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe (vocals, organ), Amebix’s Stig Miller (guitar), Corrosion of Conformity’s Reed Mullin (drums) and many others, the album is described by front-man T-Roy as the record he wanted to make at a time when his life was at its bleakest.
T-Roy details the guest appearances on this track and in the “Avian Dawn” video: “The ‘Avian Dawn’ video is directed/edited by Randy Ada and features live footage of us recording at SSP Studios in Raleigh, NC. You’ll see Mike Dean of C.O.C. on the production board, Reed Mullin of C.O.C. on drums, Kevin Rochelle of Sea of Tyrants on guitar, Lou Gorra on bass and myself recording riffs and vocals. This video truly gives a behind the scenes look at the album’s core performers hard at work. Music wise, ‘Avian Dawn’ is an upbeat song about positive thinking with an overall loose theme surrounding the sea birds of Pleasure Island, relayed as abstract wordplay in the lyrics throughout the song. We really dig this tune and it’s a lot of fun to play. Enjoy.”
Aquatic Occult is produced by Mike Dean and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Yob). Pre-orders for Aquatic Occult are available now in CD, vinyl, and digital formats via metalblade.com/sourvein
Aquatic Occult track-listing: *Reed Mullin on drums 1. Tempest (Of Desire) (feat. Stig Miller-Amebix)* 2. Avian Dawn* 3. Ocypuss (feat. Randy Blythe-Lamb of God, Mike Dean-Corrosion of Conformity)* 4. Aquanaut (feat. Dean Berry-Iron Monkey, Chris Holcombe and Joel Martin-Subrig Destroyer) 5. Hymn to Poseidon* 6. Mermaids* 7. Urchins (feat. Chris Holcombe and Joel Martin-Subrig Destroyer) 8. In the Wind* 9. Cape Fearian (feat. Dave Capps-All Tore Up, Randy Blythe spoken word-Lamb of God)* 10. Capsized (feat. Dave Capps-All Tore Up)* 11. High Tide (feat. Chris Holcombe and Joel Martin-Subrig Destroyer) 12. Bermuda Sundown (feat. Keith Kirkum-ex Weedeater) 13. Coral Bones* 14. Oceanic Procession (feat. Stig Miller-Amebix, Randy Blythe on organ-Lamb of God)*