Swedish progressive space rock faction, NEW KEEPERS OF THE WATER TOWERS, will release their Infernal Machine full-length in North America April 1 via Listenable Records. In advance of its release, today The Obelisk hurls forth “Tachyon Deep,” for public absorption.
Calling Infernal Machine “their most textured and expansive work yet,” the respected blog further elaborates, “The band have been on an outward push since 2011’s The Calydonian Hunt followed their rawer 2009 debut, Chronicles, but along with aligning themselves to Listenable in 2013 for the release of their third LP, The Cosmic Child, the band also took a corresponding stylistic leap into progressive psychedelia, basking in Floydian contemplations and spacious heft, and Infernal Machine is very much born of that same tradition. The difference is in the amount of the cosmos that the lineup of vocalist/guitarist Rasmus Booberg, drummer/vocalist Tor Sjödén, guitarist/vocalist Victor Berg, bassist Björn Andersson and keyboardist Adam Forsgren cover over the seven-track/forty-five-minute span of Infernal Machine, and in the precise manner by which they control the linear flow between and throughout the songs. Clearly intended to be taken in its entirety, Infernal Machine has standout moments, but each one of them feeds into an overarching impression of the whole, and NEW KEEPERS OF THE WATER TOWERS make themselves at home working in such a grand scope”
Read The Obelisk’s remaining breakdown of the record alongside the otherworldly sounds of “Tachyon Deep” RIGHT HERE.
And if you missed it, check out the band’s video for “The Forever War” below.
Attempting to label NEW KEEPERS OF THE WATER TOWERS feels futile. This Stockholm-based five-piece has grown at such a consistent pace since first forming in 2006 that pigeonholing their unique sound is immediately outdated with each passing album.
With their fourth full-length album, Infernal Machine, a concept album based on the classic sci-fi novel The Forever War, they’ve transformed a tale of an interstellar Galactic battle into a musical odyssey that supersedes anything you’ve heard to date. From the record’s initial onset, listeners are flung into a world where classic prog meets it’s unlikely counterparts of pure, vintage space rock, perfectly haunting harmonizing vocal lines, and just enough of the far from modest power riffs to keep you gasping for air with anticipation for the next track to begin as you move forward on your journey.
Drawing influence from the most unique magic of early King Crimson, and the anthem-themed classics of Pink Floyd to the raw, catchy hooks of Mastodon and the memorable harmonies of Alice In Chains, it’s clear from where NEW KEEPERS OF THE WATER TOWERS’ roots are derived.
NEW KEEPERS OF THE WATER TOWERS’ Infernal Machine will be available in North America on April 1st, 2016 with preorders available at THIS LOCATION.