Having just released their debut full-length album, Of Ruin, to great response across Europe, South London-based GHOLD will be invading American shores for the first time this Summer in support of the album.
A bass-and-drums power duo of massive proportions, the gnarly output of GHOLD’s Paul Antony and Aleks Wilson is bruising, baffling, and utterly relentless. Resembling mutant structures and mangled wreckage in the derelict vein of Melvins, Eagle Twin, Harvey Milk, Thrones, Yob, Prizehog, Towers and the more off-center innovators of the doom/sludge underworld, rather than standard Sabbath and Eyehategod worship, GHOLD’s commanding low-end esotericism and chopped-and-screwed rhythmic capabilities bellow forth with nearly forty-five minutes of ceaselessly enthralling grit and grime. Recorded at lss Studio with Dan Miller, Of Ruin was mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, OLD), the components of bass and drums are bound together so tight on Of Ruin that they resemble a singular contorted entity, kneading grooves and manta-driven insanity with explosive results. Intrinsically heavy and elastically supercharged, GHOLD creates a strain of viscous rock that is as devastating as it is unpredictable, pushing down the scales in a myriad of manners to achieve an ever heavier outcome.
GHOLD’s Of Ruin is playing in its entirety via Metal Hammer at THIS LOCATION.
With stints of regional European touring already underway in support of Of Ruin, GHOLD will bring their henchmen harmonies to North American audiences for the first time this Summer. Details on this crushing impending venture remain cryptic, but stand by for additional reports in the coming days. In the meantime, GHOLD prepares to raid this year’s massive Temples Festival in Bristol, UK where they’ll perform Sunday, May 31st with Earth, Pallbearer, Year Of No Light, Monarch!, Ohhms and Anta.
5/31/2015 Temples Festival – Bristol UK [info]
Review copies of Of Ruin and interviews with GHOLD are now available to North American journalists in advance of the upcoming tour to be announced shortly, as well as during the trek once it hits our shores in the putrid months ahead.
GHOLD released Of Ruin through Ritual Productions in March to incredible European media response, including Terrorizer Magazine who issued, “The pair’s open minded approach to song writing deftly incorporates a whole host of eclectic influences, and somehow manages to sound incredibly fresh and exhilarating even when they’re ploughing into some of the most ponderous dirges you’ll hear this side of Corrupted. When they pick up the pace, their raucous, weirdly timed assaults sound a little bit like Lightning Bolt – well, how we imagine Lightning Bolt would sound if you locked them in a cellar for several months with nothing but a bucket of bovril and a copy of Melvin’s ‘Bullhead’ for sustenance, that is.” The Monitors offered in their review, “If, like me, you’re some sort of sick drunken troll who likes diving head first into the noisiest, most brutal pools of bile you can find then I have no doubt you will take this album, clutch it to your warm bosom and cherish it like an ugly child.” Ninehertz pumped out, “Of Ruin is a gargantuan begrimed album, one that will sit in your collection like a goth at a rave, exuding negative spirit and drawing all energy into the corner it has designated its own… a masterfully dark release, full of intrigue and depth and one to be lauded from the tallest turrets of the highest castles as a monument of its time and origin,” and FREQ exclaimed, “Willing to be spare when needed and utterly, crushingly overpowering as their seemingly relentless assault requires, GHOLD play metal with the broadest of shoulders.”