Sea of Bones Announce US Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 6th, 2014 by JJ Koczan

Connecticut volume overlords Sea of Bones will be taking their destructive, sludged-out assault on the road beginning July 11. They will make their way from New England out to the West Coast and back over the course of the next month, complete with a stop in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 19 to play the Gilead Media Fest.

This is Sea of Bones‘ longest tour yet in support of their late-2013 full-length, The Earth Wants us Dead (review here), which was their first album in six years. Built on a foundation of massive tones and ground-shaking plod, the three-piece outfit hopefully won’t be traveling alone as they make their way across the US, because that’s an awful lot of cabinets for just three dudes to lug around.

They announced the tour on their Thee Facebooks thusly:

America, we are coming for you, this is a warning!

Fri 7-11 Boston, MA @ McGanns Irish Pub
Tue 7-15 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
Wed 7-16 Detroit, MI @ Yonka House
Thu 7-17 Covington, KY @ Three Kings Bar
Fri 7-18 Oshkosh, WI @ Gilead Fest (Attending)
Sat 7-19 Oshkosh, WI @ Gilead Fest 2014 (Playing)
Sun 7-20 Minneapolis, MN @ The Shit Biscuit (House)
Tue 7-22 Missoula, MT @ TBA
Wed 7-23 Spokane, WA @ Hop Spokane
Thu 7-24 Seattle, WA @ Highline Bar
Fri 7-25 Portland, OR @ Alleyway Bar
Sat 7-26 Arcata, CA @ The Alibi
Sun 7-27 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
Mon 7-28 Sacramento, CA @ The Press Club
Tue 7-29 Los Angeles, CA @ Five Star Bar DTLA
Wed 7-30 Las Vegas, NV @ Whiskey Funeral Co.
Fri 8-01 Denver, CO @ Mutiny Information Cafe
Sat 8-02 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
Sun 8-03 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar Saint Louis
Mon 8-04 Indianapolis, IN @ The Bee Hive (House)
Tue 8-05 Lexington KY @ Al’s Sidecar
Wed 8-06 Columbus, OH @ Carabar Bar
Thu 8-07 Baltimore MD @ The Sidebar
Fri 8-08 Brooklyn, NYC @ Saint Vitus Bar
Sat 8-09 New Haven, CT @ Three Sheets New Haven

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Sea of Bones, The Earth Wants us Dead (2013)

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audiObelisk: Sea of Bones Premiere “Black Arm” from The Earth Wants us Dead

Posted in audiObelisk on October 18th, 2013 by JJ Koczan

The sound of Connecticut trio Sea of Bones is custom built for hyperbole. It’s not surprising that such grand images of crushing mountains and monolithic oppression are trumpeted in reference to it, because in itself, it’s working in such extreme terms, proffering massive post-sludge churn through a wall of cabinets constructed for that very purpose by guitarist/vocalist Tom Mucherino, who’s joined in the purpose by bassist/vocalist Gary Amedy and drummer/vocalist Kevin Wigginton. Even the runtime of their self-release sophomore outing, The Earth Wants us Dead — to say nothing of the title, which sets its own extremity of terms — is a sprawl at 91 minutes, with the second of two discs consumed entirely by the near-40-minute title-track. “Fucking huge” is what they do, and they do it loud.

It’s been six years since Sea of Bones made their full-length debut with 2007’s The Harvest (review here), and though they’ve dispensed in the interim with the song-titles-as-chapter-numbers methodology of that record and the prior 2006 EP, Grave of the Mammoth, the aesthetic drive toward largesse remains consistent in their approach. An easy atmospheric comparison point is Neurosis, but once they depart from the ambient intro to tracks like “The Bridge,” “Failure of Light” and “Black Arm,” Sea of Bones are less likely than the Oakland post-metal forebears to interrupt forward momentum — however slow and lurching it might be and often is — with ambient exploration. That’s not to say the album lacks mood. The title-track is constructed largely of a droning progression that eventually meets with far-back, echoing plod, and even as punishing and anguished as “Beneath the Earth” gets, it never completely departs from its brooding beginnings, so there’s plenty of environ-building going on, it’s just all very, very bleak, and where Neurosis might be on a spiritual quest for some kind of connection to authenticity via land or ancestry — a noble enough quest and not one I’d belittle — at least sonically, Sea of Bones seem to be saying that and just about everything else is futile and pointless.

The Earth Wants us Dead is not an easy album to digest — more likely to be digested by it — but Sea of Bones have more to offer than inhuman tonal weight and thunderous crash with throaty shouts trying to cut through the fray only to be buried like everything else. As you make your way through “Black Arm” on the player below and hear the nods to Through Silver in Blood in the vocal tradeoffs and the overarching rumble, keep in mind the radical mindset that could produce such monstrously scathing product and it’ll quickly become clear why everything you’ve seen about the band to this point speaks in absolutes.

Enjoy:

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Sea of BonesThe Earth Wants us Dead is coming soon, and the band will play in New Haven, CT, on Oct. 23 with Stone Titan, Terminator 2 and Gowl. More info on that and the album release at the links that follow.

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Sea of Bones to Release New Album The Earth Wants us Dead

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 24th, 2013 by JJ Koczan

It’s been more than two years since I stood before Sea of Bones‘ wall of cabinets for the Fuzz Fest (review here) at Cherry Street Station in Wallingford, Connecticut, but I still feel like my ears are ringing. Theirs was one of those rumbles that not only shook the venue, but vibrated the earplugs in your head, rendering them moot. The New Haven crushers’ debut long-player was 2007’s The Harvest (review here), and the trio will issue their sophomore full-length, The Earth Wants us Dead, before the end of the year. Opening cut “The Stone, the Slave and the Architect” from the album is streaming now for your skull-caving needs below.

The PR wire takes it from here:

SEA OF BONES: Atmospheric Doom Metal Miscreants To Unleash First Full-Length In Six Years

Connecticut atmospheric doom metal miscreants, SEA OF BONES, are pleased to soil the masses with their latest slab of slow motion desolation in the form of The Earth Wants Us Dead.

Their first offering in six years, the crushing full-length serves as a true testament to the band’s impenetrable determination. Having weathered all manners of hell both collectively and personally, from a tour-ending van crash and personnel changes to two scrapped recordings, trashed songs, and a near breakup, The Earth Wants Us Dead could have, quite easily, not been. However SEA OF BONES returns triumphantly to their original three-piece lineup, bruised, gnarlier and more determined than ever before.

Recorded with guitarist Tom Mucherino and longtime friend David Lutz at a secret underground location (aka Tom’s cellar) and mastered by Mell Dettmer (Earth, Kayo Dot, Thou), The Earth Wants Us Dead heaves forth a cataclysmic wall of soul-rumbling distortion. Crowned, “beautifully agonizing,” in an early review by Verbicide, who furthers, “pure, uncut ugly, cooked up on a bloody spoon, and slowly shot into your ear hole…with a railroad spike,” the six track offering is unapologetically severe; an introspective outpouring of sound and emotion that is at once morose yet infuriated. SEA OF BONES’ The Earth Wants Us Dead is the thick, sordid resonance of true despair and includes a near forty-minute soul-swallowing, droney, instrumental improv piece (the title track) recorded at InnerSpaceSoundLabs with Scott Amore.

Elaborates the band, “This album is more than just music to us, it is a testament to our friendship and the chemistry we have with each other. This album was made for the three of us but we hope you all will enjoy it as much as we do.”

The Earth Wants Us Dead will be unleashed later this year. Further info, including live assaults, to be announced in the weeks to follow.

The Earth Wants Us Dead Track Listing:
1. The Stone The Slave And The Architect
2. Black Arm
3. Failure Of Light
4. Beneath The Earth
5. The Bridge
6. The Earth Wants Us Dead

SEA OF BONES:
Gary Amedy – bass, vocals
Tom Mucherino – guitar, vocals
Kevin Wigginton – drums, vocals

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Sea of Bones, “The Stone, the Slave and the Architect”

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