Brume Set Nov. 22 Release for Rabbits

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 9th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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The only question when Brume signed to Magnetic Eye Records in March for the release of their second album, Rabbits, was whether or not said record would be out before the end of this year. The answer is yes. And not saying I’m listening right now for the first time or anything, but the record’s gorgeous. Atmospheric in new ways for the band, and the high drama of centerpiece “Blue Jay” kind of blows the doors down from what you might expect a San Fran doom band to be doing on their sophomore LP. Billy Anderson recording never hurts, and the mood in that piece and elsewhere on the LP is something that will very obviously require more than a cursory airing to more fully appreciate. But the first impression — not that I’m listening right now, I’ll say again — is that those subsequent airings will indeed take place. Possibly right after this one is done.

I’ll hope to have more before Nov. 22.

From the PR wire:

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San Francisco’s BRUME Present Hauntingly Beautiful New Full-Length RABBITS Nov. 22

album explores soft and pummeling atmospherics

Riding the momentum of the past several years, spellbinding San Francisco doom trio BRUME are preparing to release their new album, Rabbits, coming November 22nd from Magnetic Eye Records. Their first for the label, it follows the band’s critically-acclaimed Donkey and Rooster releases, as well as their split with Seattle’s Witch Ripper earlier this year, indicating that BRUME are pushing forward as fast as their creativity allows.

Sabbathian sensibility is a must for any band worth their weight in doom, but when combined with a strong penchant for acts like Portishead and Bjork, BRUME are a graceful leader among the skull-crushing pack.

In 2014, they made their mark with debut EP Donkey, a sorrowful slow-burner drenched in reverb and wrought with patient mourning. Rooster saw them plunge deeper into the study of duality between harsh distortion and the soaring refrains of frontwoman Susie McMullan’s stunning vocals. “Our music is non-fiction; a time stamped truth,” she said, but the band’s creative drive contains a timelessness not quickly forgotten among the sea of contenders in doom metal.

New album Rabbits continues this theme, exposing a tight-knit crew at their most creatively expansive who’ve erected a monumental piece to capture and soothe the mind during this tumultuous cultural era. Tracks like “Lament” showcase a masterful grasp on tension-building and release; it’s a hypnotic lullaby and explosion in one, stretched over a singular sonic experience.

BRUME have absorbed the experience of playing prestigious stages at Desertfest London and opening for High On Fire in Europe, and are now ready to take on a bigger role than ever in the heavy underground with the release of Rabbits.

Brume
Susie McMullan: Vocals/Bass
Jamie McCathie: Guitar/Vocals
Jordan Perkins-Lewis: Drums

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Black Electric Debut Album Due on Vinyl Nov. 17; Streaming Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 20th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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So, maybe it’s not a surprise that Black Electric are releasing their debut album on CD and LP through Magnetic Eye Records this Nov., and less so when you consider that Mike Vitali, who handles multiple instruments as well as vocals on the offering — which the band put out digitally last month — is also the honcho behind the label. At that point, why go anywhere else?

Vitali has a live incarnation of the band playing shows now — two are booked for this weekend in Albany, New York, for example — and reportedly there’s already more new stuff in the works, so I’ll be curious to know which version of the band ultimately wins out, or if one does at all and there isn’t just a live version and a studio version going forward. That’d be kind of interesting too. Don’t see a lot of that kind of thing these days.

Did you catch the part where I said the album’s been out for a month? Cool, because I wouldn’t want you to miss it streaming at the bottom of the post. I know how easy it is to get to the links and begone. Here’s info from the PR wire before you get there:

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BLACK ELECTRIC Strips Rock Down to its Essence on Self-Titled Debut

Albany heavy blues rockers BLACK ELECTRIC have emerged with a stripped-down, hook-centric debut that’s as catchy as it is understated.

The creation of multi-instrumentalist Mike Vitali, Black Electric’s music has a bit in common with his previous bands, but draws far more from the intersection of traditional blues and early 70s dive bar rock ‘n roll.

With boundary-pushng and heavily distorted past projects like Ajna Chakra, Ironweed and Greatdayforup to his credit, Vitali spent several years building taste-maker independent label Magnetic Eye Records, which (of course) inevitably demanded much of the attention he’d once devoted to music.

So, in 2018, when he returned some of his energy to writing and playing, it was with a new shift in perspective. Vitali explains:

“Growing up next door to longtime Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto and getting to know him, I learned that, at the end of the day, music is really all about the song. My other bands were always about everyone sharing the creative input and writing process each step of the way, but with Black Electric, I wanted to create material that’s singularly-focused on delivering the songs and hooks as concisely as possible.”

Re-emerging as a musician after years on the business side of rock has produced a new energy and passion for playing and performing that are evident on the Black Electric debut album.

With a full band assembled in the wake of completing the album with noted Saratoga engineer/producer David Tyo, Vitali and his cohorts have already undertaken their first live outings, with more to come and work already commencing on the band’s next studio release.

Upcoming Black Electric shows:
Sat Sept. 21 at Lark Fest, Albany, NY
Sun Sept. 22 at Pauly’s Hotel, Albany, NY (with High Reeper)

Black Electric is available now digitally on all streaming and download outlets including their Bandcamp, with physical formats forthcoming from Magnetic Eye Records.

Produced and engineered by David Tyo at Tyo Mixes
Mike Vitali – Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Piano
David Tyo – Drums, Percussion and Vocals
Mike Langone – Vocals track 5 ‘Fade Along’

Black Electric live is Mike Vitali / Mike Langone / George Lipscom / Zack Cohen / Stew Overocker

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Black Electric, Black Electric (2019)

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Caustic Casanova Premiere “Fancy English”; God How I Envy the Deaf out Oct. 18

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on September 13th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Washington D.C. heavy prog noise rockers — that’s right — Caustic Casanova will release their new album, God How I Envy the Deaf, through Magnetic Eye Records on Oct. 18. On Nov. 2, they’ll also play the label’s Day of Doom label showcase at Brooklyn’s famed Saint Vitus Bar, and thereafter take off on the latest their ongoing string of tours. That tour follows, wait for it, several others the now-four-piece have conducted thus far this year, and the album goes in some way toward explaining the intangible aspects of their sound.

To wit, just about no one who listens to Caustic Casanova knows what to make of them. Right? Did you see the part above when I called them “heavy prog noise rockers?” What the hell does that even mean? Are they that? Are they heavy college rock indie? Are they hard alternative? Semi-grown-up punk? Depends which song you listen to, really — and their sound encompasses all of it — but with God How I Envy the Deaf, it becomes a little clearer why. It’s the D.C. in them. This is the town that produced Funkadelic and Minor Threat. It’s not a place where artists have felt compelled to follow the rules about where genre lines are meant to reside, and so if Caustic Casanova sound just as comfortable in the psychedelic post-thrash of “Memory King” as they do balancing crunch riffs against dual-vocals and airy post-rock leads in “Truth Syrup,” it seems only appropriate to look at where they’re coming from as part of the reason behind that.

Well, that and they’re obviously a buncha weirdos.

Go get ’em, weirdos!

Comprising nine tracks in 50 gonna-be-reviewed-by-me-sooner-or-later minutes, God How I Envy the Deaf is led off by “Fancy English,” the premiere of which you can stream below. Take a second, get your brain in order, and dig in:

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CAUSTIC CASANOVA Return with Exultant New Album GOD HOW I ENVY THE DEAF

New album of angular heavy rock anthems from hard-touring D.C. genre-benders arrives October 18th

Relentless road-dogs CAUSTIC CASANOVA will release their new album, God How I Envy The Deaf, this October via Magnetic Eye Records. The record lands after a nearly two-month cross-country tour and only weeks prior to another trek in support of the confident collection of singable riff-punk anthems, establishing yet again that this band won’t be held to any sort of predictable musical path nor many nights sleeping in their own beds.

Since forming as teenagers at the College of William & Mary in 2005, Caustic Casanova have weathered lineup changes and life-threatening injuries while maintaining an aggressive DIY touring ethic, and their eclectic sound has made them a favorite in a crowded scene.

Following drummer/vocalist Stefanie Zaenker’s recovery from wrist injuries that nearly ended her ability to play, the band the band released the critically acclaimed LP Breaks in 2015 on Kylesa’s Retro Futurist Records, as well as a trio of EPs between 2013 and 2018 that paired original songs with classics from Pentagram, the Melvins and Weedeater. This hard work led to nominations for multiple Washington Area Music Awards in 2019, as well as a deal with Magnetic Eye Records to release the much-anticipated new album.

Looking to the future, the band (Zaenker, along with bassist/vocalist Francis Beringer, guitarist Jake Kimberley and guitarist Andrew Yonki) have already begun work on material for their next album. First, though, the road-hardened unit will be showcasing the genre-mashing twists and alchemies of God How I Envy the Deaf across the world, including a slot at Magnetic Eye’s upcoming Day of Doom label showcase this November, with lots more live dates to come.

God How I Envy The Deaf will be released on digital, CD and LP from Magnetic Eye Records on October 18th.

Current Caustic Casanova Live Dates:
9/13 – Shepherstown, WV at Domestic
9/14 – Winooski, VT at Monkey Bar (Ghastly Sound album release)
9/15 – Montreal, QC at Piranha Bar
9/23 – Louisville, KY at Highland Tap Room (w/ Howling Giant)
9/24 – Indianapolis, IN at Healer (w/ Howling Giant)
9/25 – Columbus, OH at Dirty Dungaree’s (w/ Howling Giant)
9/27 – Brooklyn, NY at Gold Sounds (Husbandry album release)
10/19 – Washington DC at Atlas Brew Works (Caustic Casanova album release)
11/2 – Brooklyn, NY at Saint Vitus Bar (Magnetic Eye Records Day of Doom Label Showcase)
11/8 – Richmond, VA
11/9 – Greensboro, NC
11/10 – Wilmington, NC
11/12 – Charleston, SC
11/14 – St. Augustine, FL
11/15 – Gainesville, FL
11/16 – Tampa, FL
11/17 – Miami, FL
11/18 – Orlando, FL
11/20 – New Orleans, LA
11/21 – San Antonio, TX
11/22 – Denton, TX
11/23 – Fort Worth, TX

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Summoner Part Ways with Drummer Scott Smith; Announce Replacement as Dave Jarvis of Worshipper

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 4th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Having seen Boston’s Summoner play a couple of truly kickass sets over the last decade, I can safely say that drummer Scott Smith was a big part of what made them work so well on stage. Smith, a founding member, has left the band and will be replaced by Dave Jarvis, who’ll sit in for his first show with them this weekend in New Bedford, MA. Jarvis of course is best known as the kit-basher and swing-provider in Worshipper, and whatever else you can say about the lineup change, there’s little doubt Summoner picked the right replacement. That’s going to be a fierce lineup.

Summoner have also been sharing bassist/vocalist Chris Johnson with Deafheaven since 2017, as well as with a burgeoning career as a producer, for Worshipper among others.

In addition to the show this weekend, the band will also travel to Brooklyn on Nov. 2 for Magnetic Eye Records‘ showcase The Day of Doom at the Saint Vitus Bar. They’ll play there alongside Horsehunter, Domkraft, Elephant Tree and many others (info here).

Here’s what they had to say about Smith‘s departure:

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It is with great reluctance that we are announcing the departure of one of the most integral parts of Summoner since its inception many years ago. The heavy hitting, driving force behind the band, Scott Smith, has decided to move on and pursue other passions. While this departure is saddening to say the least, the split was amicable and Scott will forever remain one our best friends and biggest influences. As a founding member of Riff Cannon/Summoner and the catalyst that brought us all together Scott’s mark on the band cannot be understated. Over the past 10+ years we’ve had some great times and created music we are all very proud of. Scott, we wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors…..rock on brother!!

While we close this chapter in the Summoner story we are happy to say that we plan to push on. Our good buddy, and honestly the only guy who could come close to filling the hole left by Scott’s departure, Dave Jarvis of the mighty Worshipper has stepped up and agreed to carry the torch forward. We are excited to play our first show with Dave this weekend at The Vault Music Hall & Pub at Greasy Luck in New Bedford!!

Thanks to everyone who has listened and followed us over the years and of course…..

Hail Scott!!

Summoner live:
Sep 07 The Vault Hall @ Greasy Luck New Bedford, MA
Nov 02 Saint Vitus Brooklyn, NY (Magnetic Eye Day of Doom)

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Summoner, Beyond the Realm of Light (2017)

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Magnetic Eye Records Announces Label Showcase with Horsehunter, Elephant Tree, Domkraft, Summoner & More

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 12th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Clearly, Magnetic Eye Records is not into half-measures. Any label can put together a tribute. When Magnetic Eye does it, it’s two sprawling collections of bands playing homage to landmark albums and artists’ greatest hits. Any label can put together a showcase. When Magnetic Eye does it, they fly in three international acts, from Australia, the UK and Sweden, to round out the bill. Do you have any idea how insane that is?

It’s quite insane.

They’ve got a Kickstarter up now, as they will, and as rewards for backers they’re letting you preorder which set you’d like to have the recorded version of, because of course they’re also recording the sets. Seriously?

To do otherwise would be a half-measure.

They’re calling it ‘The Day of Doom,’ and in addition to HorsehunterElephant Tree, and Domkraft, they’ll have SummonerLeather LungGhastly SoundHigh PriestCaustic Casanova and These Beasts on the bill. Nine bands at the Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on Nov. 2.

Quite insane. Just enough to work:

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MAGNETIC EYE RECORDS presents its first ever live label showcase at the legendary Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn this November 2nd!

Check out the Kickstarter to help us make the Day of Doom truly epic and get in on the exclusive live album releases from MER’s flagship bands.

Sure, it’s summer right now, but have you looked around? Seas are rising, animal populations are shrinking, Scott Stapp has a new album, dogs and cats are living together… it’s mass hysteria.

Not the types to fly in the face of impending Armageddon, Magnetic Eye thought we’d expedite the end times by officially declaring our own DAY OF DOOM on November 2nd of this year as the date of our first-ever live label showcase.

Where?

The Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Where the hell else?

Who?

No less than nine crushing Magnetic Eye roster bands, headlined by our four flagship acts that have helped shape and define the core of the MER sound:

Summoner
Horsehunter
Domkraft
Elephant Tree

What does this mean for you?

Two things:

1. If you’re anywhere near the New York area (or even if you’re not), you’re going to want to make the pilgrimage to this show. With our biggest and heaviest acts flying in from all over the world, it’s probably no stretch to say we have no idea when or if this will ever happen again. Tickets will be on sale soon directly via the Saint Vitus Bar, and we’ll of course let you know where to get them.

2. Whether you can make this incredible convergence in person or not, you can share in the experience. Magnetic Eye will be recording the four headline bands at Day of Doom for an exclusive set of live album releases, and you can support helping get the bands here for the event and reserve your live records now by jumping on board the Kickstarter for the project at this location.

Look, we’d love to have all of you there with us. But we know it’s not possible for some to make the trip, and we understand. Hell, it wasn’t possible for most of us to attend Woodstock, but at least we have the soundtrack, right?

Check out our Kickstarter now to lock down your exclusive editions of Elephant Tree, Domkraft, Summoner and Horsehunter Live at the Day of Doom New York. It’s going to be absolutely unforgettable. And thanks to these records, you’ll always remember.

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Leather Lung, Lonesome, On’ry & Evil (2019)

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Caustic Casanova to Start Summer Tour on Aug. 7; New Album Due This Fall

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 25th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Recently signed to Magnetic Eye Records and even more recently shifted from a trio to a four-piece lineup, Caustic Casanova will do like they do and hit the road on Aug. 7. They’ll be out for a month straight and then head out again later in September, all ahead of the release of their new album, God How I Envy the Deaf, which will mark their debut through Magnetic Eye and is due out in October. I would expect that by the time the album arrives, if Caustic Casanova haven’t yet announced a foll0w-up tour for this one, one won’t be far behind, as they rarely sit still one way or the other and they tend to do long-ish stints when they go.

All the touring in September makes me wonder if there maybe wasn’t some delay in the record coming out, but one way or the other, there will be touring, there will be an album, and Caustic Casanova will do that whole rocking-in-the-free-world thing I keep hearing so much about. And that’s good news.

Here are the dates from the PR wire:

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CAUSTIC CASANOVA TO EMBARK ON US TOUR

Washington, DC heavy rockers Caustic Casanova are preparing for a late summer tour that will take them across the United States. Says the band, “We’re so excited to hit the road for our longest North American tour since 2016 (and our new guitarist Jake Kimberley’s first coast-to-coast run). We’ll be bringing you all the prog, stoner metal, psych, and noise rock you can handle, at irresponsible volumes each night, for nearly 2 months. We’ll be playing very new songs, an old song or two, plus tunes off our forthcoming Magnetic Eye Records debut God How I Envy The Deaf, out this October.”

Tour Dates:
8-7 Chapel Hill, NC at Local 506
8-8 Greenville, SC at Radio Room
8-9 Johnson City, TN at The Hideaway
8-10 Lexington, KY at Best Friend Bar
8-11 Nashville, TN at Springwater
8-12 Memphis, TN at Pagan Mom House
8-13 Wichita, KS at Kirby’s
8-14 Saint Louis, MO at The Sinkhole
8-15 Lawrence, KS at Replay Lounge
8-16 Denver, CO at Tennyson’s Tap
8-17 El Paso, TX at Neon Rose
8-20 San Diego, CA at Tower Bar
8-21 Long Beach, CA at Que Sera
8-22 Oakland, CA at Elbo Room
8-23 Pacifica, CA at Winters Tavern
8-24 Sacramento, CA at Cafe Colonial
8-27 Portland, OR at Tonic Lounge
8-28 Seattle, WA at High Dive
8-29 Post Falls, ID at Cruisers
8-30 Great Falls, MT at The Back Alley Pub
8-31 Kalispell, MT at Old School Records
9-2 Rapid City, SD at The Cave Collective
9-4 Milwaukee, WI at Walkers Point Music Hall
9-5 Chicago, IL at Livewire Lounge
9-6 Youngstown, OH at Westside Bowl (Black Out Cook Out Festival with Inter Arma, Big Business, Child Bite, Brain Tentacles, Ken Mode, Lo-Pan and more)
9-13 Shepherdstown, WV at Shepherd University
9-14 Winooski, VT at Monkey House
9-15 Montreal, QC at Piranha Bar
9-20 Bloomington, IN at TBA
9-21 Dubuque, IA at The Blu Room
9-23 Louisville, KY at Highlands Tap Room
9-24 Indianapolis, IN at Healer
9-25 Columbus, OH at Dirty Dungarees
9-27 Brooklyn, NY at Gold Sounds Bar

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Caustic Casanova, The Pantheon Collection Vol. 1-3 (2018)

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LowFlyingHawks to Release Anxious Ghosts EP on June 28

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 5th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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The initials-only guitarist/vocalist duo of AAL and EHA who comprise the core of LowFlyingHawks — their kind-of-a-big-deal rhythm section happens to feature Trevor Dunn of Mr. Bungle and Dale Crover of the Melvins; which continues to be enough to make me wonder just who the hell these two dudes are, as that’s not a circle easily entered by those who weren’t already too cool for commerce in the ’90s — return with a new EP called Anxious Ghosts. I’ve heard literally none of it, but immediately the release seems to be a departure, what with the title in English — their debut album was 2016’s Kofuku (review here), which they answered the next year with Genkaku (review here) — and the artwork as well is a marked shift in style.

It raises the question, of course, as to whether or not the music on Anxious Ghosts will follow suit or if their atmospheric heavy post-rock/metal will continue the course the first two records laid out. Magnetic Eye, which has been behind the band all along, has the release this time around as well, and it’s somewhat telling of their approach as a whole that even though they’ve worked on relatively quick turnarounds to get stuff out and worked with some high-profile names in order to do so, there’s still a sense of mystique about the band and they still seem to be only a partially-known quantity.

Info on the release is minimal in terms of who recorded and all that kind of thing. Toshi Kasai did the last album, so if this is material from those sessions, he would’ve helmed it. Otherwise, could be anybody. Guess we’ll find out sooner or later.

It’s out June 28. To the tracklisting:

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Brand new Low Flying Hawks EP that ranges from delicate moments of soft beauty to the crushing sludge we’ve come to love from this astonishing band featuring Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn.

1. Night Flight
2. Somewhere (Part 1)
3. Somewhere (Part 2)
4. Hollow Grasp
5. Doors to Nowhere

Releases June 28, 2019.

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Low Flying Hawks, Genkaku (2017)

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High Priest Stream Sanctum EP in Full; Out Tomorrow on Magnetic Eye

Posted in audiObelisk on April 18th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Rife with melody and a brooding post-grunge atmosphere, High Priest‘s new EP, Sanctum, sees release mere hours from now through Magnetic Eye Records. The April 19 offering is the band’s first for the label and follows a limited 2016 7″ — they added a few more tracks to the download — and is what might be legitimately called their debut EP. If one considers that, the grip the band has on their aesthetic is downright terrifying, balancing as it does classic doom riffing with a harder rock edge in the melodies, all the while without flogging itself into hyper-emotionalism as so many do in these after-Pallbearer times. The band’s pedigree in deathcore mongerers Like Rats isn’t really relevant sonically to what High Priest do throughout the four-track/20-minute Sanctum, but no question there’s a definite comfort level at play. That some of these guys have known each other since they were kids, as the PR wire explains below, isn’t really much of a surprise when one listens to Sanctum. They don’t at all sound like strangers who just wound up in the same band.

All the better then that bassist Justin Pence would so righteously high priest sanctumtap into his inner Cornell on opener “Descent” — and, more impressively, pull it off — or that guitarists Pete Grossmann and John Regan would so fluidly wrap their tone around the subsequent “Creature” while drummer Dan Polak thuds away behind as though his toms spent a week telling yo-mamma jokes and he’s finally getting payback. The final track of the four, “Offering,” is longer at seven minutes flat, and ties together a lot of what High Priest — who of course are not to be confused with L.A.-based High Priestess, on Ripple; though they should tour together — are doing throughout the EP, but even the NWOBHM twist in the guitars of “Paradigm” just before seem to add something new to the proceedings when the four-piece have otherwise established their modus. “Paradigm” also boasts a significant hook, but is ultimately less of an outlier for that among “Descent” and “Creature,” both of which evoke burl without getting lost in chestbeating cliche and seem to reside easily in a place where metal meets rock, rock meets doom and kick meets ass.

But not to harp on it, but the really striking factor here is the newness. Sure, that prior single came out three years ago, so High Priest have been at it for a bit, but Sanctum is still ostensibly their first EP, and while I might want to hear them get a little weirder with melody across a full-length release and change up arrangements as they hint toward between “Descent” and “Creature” here — with the guitars giving up lead position instrumentally to the bass and drums going from one song to the next — there’s no question in listening through that High Priest sound ready to give it a shot. If taking their time was what let them come up with these songs, then keep doing that, but otherwise, the sooner the better works fine for me, thanks. Oh, and make that High Priest/High Priestess tour happen too. How could you not?

Stream Sanctum in its entirety on the player below. Beneath that, you’ll find some quick comment from the band and more background off the PR wire. You know how we do.

Enjoy:

High Priest on Sanctum EP:

“This band started as an excuse to do something fun. What would all our weird influences sound like if we mashed them together? I think this record is a perfect amalgamation of that. Our only goal is for people to hear it and hopefully have as much fun listening as we have playing it. We also hope people are moved to go out and buy deep cut Thin Lizzy records and headbang to Mercyful Fate. If this record inspires one person to make something, or gets someone excited the way those records make me feel, that’s the biggest compliment we could ever get. We’re so excited for ‘Sanctum’ to see the world!”

Order Link: https://highpriestchicago.bandcamp.com/album/sanctum-ep

Although they formed in 2016, the members of Chicago’s HIGH PRIEST have known each other for a good portion of their lives. Guitarists Pete Grossmann and John Regan, singer/bassist Justin Pence and drummer Dan Polak have been playing together in various bands for over 15 years, with Grossman and Polak’s friendship going back to actual childhood (Pete remembers Dan getting the training wheels off his first bike).

Dan and John were already playing together in Southern Lord death/hardcore fusion outfit Like Rats when, during a night out seeing Electric Wizard, John yelled to Dan, “we should do a band like this!”

High Priest Sanctum was produced, engineered and mixed by guitarist Pete Grossmann at his Bricktop Recording studio in Chicago. The 4-song EP contrasts dark, soulful doom with massive riffs and delicate undertones, bringing to mind the juxtaposition of despair, hope and resignation across a foundation of churning heaviness that bands like Alice in Chains and Trouble make so appealing.

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