As Vancouver sludge practitioners BISON ready for the release of their long-anticipated You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient full-length, today BrooklynVegan offers up the brooding sounds of “Water Becomes Fire.”
Issues the esteemed blog, “[You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient] may prove to be the band’s best album yet; while previous releases had great songs, …Ocean… has a cohesive, deliberate structure that the other albums lack. The band’s affinity for longer songs and a dual vocal attack are firmly in place, as well as their knack for weaving bursts of thrash between the slower sinews of sludge. The songs flow effortlessly into one another, culminating in album closer ‘Water Becomes Fire.’ It starts slow, layering guitars atop what sounds like a fiddle or violin, distortion building and blasting for a few moments before pulling back again. The dynamic is familiar but effective; Neurosis has built their brand on the ‘soft-loud-swirl-dirge-repeat’ hook, and BISON follows it (mostly) to the letter here. That’s no slight; plenty of bands attempt the same thing and fall away, whereas BISON sounds like they used their time away to figure out what works best and went with that.”
Hear “Water Becomes Fire” at THIS LOCATION.
If you missed it, sample previously released singles “Until The Earth Is Empty” and “Tantrum,” below.
Set for release in Europe on June 23rd followed by a North American release on July 7th, You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient follows the band’s 2014-issued 1000 Needles EP and serves as their first full-length to include bassist Shane Clark, former lead guitarist of 3 Inches Of Blood, who joined the band following their Lovelessness full-length (2012, Metal Blade).
BISON’s You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient was captured in the band’s hometown with longtime friend Jesse Gander at Rain City Recorders. The record will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. For CD preorders point your browser to THIS LOCATION. For vinyl, go HERE. For US orders go to THIS LOCATION.
In related news, BISON will embark up on a short run of Canadian dates beginning tomorrow with additional live incursions to be announced in the coming weeks.
6/09/2017 The Palomino – Calgary, AB
6/10/2017 The Capitol – Saskatoon, SK
6/11/2017 The Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
6/12/2017 The Exchange – Regina, SK
6/13/2017 The Vat – Red Deer, AB
6/14/2017 Brixx – Edmonton, AB
6/16/2017 The Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC