According to Miami-based post-sludge metal outfit Bleeth, “We submerge the listener in this space eventually hearing what sounds like the opening of the mythological gate, signaling the ascension into our new sonic realm.” This Friday, the band will release its new album, Harbinger, on Seeing Red Records. But for those of you who can’t wait, Decibel is here to spoil you with the entire album streaming below.
The choice of album title was very deliberate for the band, as they describe how “the songs were conceived in a tumultuous time for us as a country. Inspired by the growing fear that society has a masochistic take towards authoritarianism.” My characterization of the band’s sound is partially a joke, as they are difficult to categorize — and this was deliberate as well: “When writing it we didn’t limit ourselves to a specific genre, we just knew we wanted to take people on a ride.” The band describes this in more detail:
“We wanted to ease people into the unfamiliar, but that ease doesn’t last long. “Initiation” quickly builds up into a fury of layered noise and guitars wailing creating an almost cyclical effect and if your listening to the vinyl eventually fades into what we imagine are the sounds that exist between technology.
The songs after that point are made with a special atonal tuning that I came up with on the guitar. Its strange melodic dissonance made us excited to write the other songs. “Skin of your teeth” is where this tuning reigns. We recorded and mixed with Ryan Haft a close friend and incredible musician (Capsule, Wrong). He has done sound for bands like Torche, Om, Red Fang, Eyehategod, Big Business, and more. Mastered by Brad Boatright (Windhand, Iron Reagan, Sleep, Obituary, and more). We hope this record leaves people wanting more and as excited as we are about it.”
Check out the album below. Apparently the vinyl release has more goodies in store than the digital-only version, so go here to snag that.