With New Jersey sludge metal pack CLAMFIGHT releasing their third album, III, through Argonauta Records this week, The Obelisk is streaming the record in its entirety.
In a massively detailed and intense write-up of III, The Obelisk in part on CLAMFIGHT, “what they’ve done here has thoroughly put them on a new level of execution. It is a special moment of arrival for them as a unit, when a maturity of craft has so clearly taken hold — one that means at very least they’ve outgrown their moniker if they hadn’t before — amid the pummel that’s always been their fuel, and when a resulting effort can strike as much with its scope as its brute force. Even putting aside as much as I possibly can the high esteem in which I hold them as people, I consider myself lucky every time I put this album on, and I plan to put it on for a long time to come. If you don’t, it’s your loss.”
Tune in and crank CLAMFIGHT’s III up via The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.
III will see CD and digital release through Argonauta Records this Friday, January 19th; find preorders HERE. A vinyl pressing of the album will see release through Elder Magick in the coming months, with details to be issued shortly.
CLAMFIGHT celebrates III with a release show in Philadelphia this Friday with Kings Destroy as well as Argonauta band Green Meteor. Next week they head south for two shows with Rukut, playing Frederick, Maryland on January 26th and Charlottesville, Virginia on the 27th. February 3rd will see the band playing in Wilmington, Delaware with Hellblock 6, Brain Candle, and Northern Liberties, and additional shows are being planned.
1/19/2018 Century – Philadelphia, PA *III release show w/ Kings Destroy, Green Meteor
1/26/2018 Guido’s Speakeasy – Frederick, MD w/ Rukut
1/27/2018 The Magnolia House – Charlottesville, VA w/ Rukut
2/03/2018 Oddity Bar – Wilmington, DE w/ Hellblock 6, Brain Candle, Northern Liberties
The members of CLAMFIGHT — Joel Harris, Louis Koble, Andy Martin, and Sean McKee — are childhood friends turned grown-ass men who are almost as committed to big riffs as they are to each other. Influenced in equal parts by their dads’ vinyl, that sketchy older kid from woodshop class’ thrash and hardcore tapes as well as touchstone heavy bands like Sleep, Clutch, Neurosis, Eyehategod, and Mastodon, the band has plied its unique brand of suburban working slob metal up and down the East Coast of the United States since 2005. Having issued a debut album, Vol. I, in 2010, and a second album, I vs. The Glacier, in 2013, the quartet is now poised to release its third full length, III, through Argonauta Records.
Delivering nearly forty-five minutes of groove-laden sludge/doom metal through five massive tunes, CLAMFIGHT sounds more victorious in their thunderous mission than ever before on III. Recorded and produced at Gradwell House Studios in New Jersey by Steve Poponi, with additional recording by Davin Sosa and Christopher Skowronski, the album was mastered by Dave Downham at Gradwell House, and completed with photography by Woody Musgrove, III features guest contributions of lead guitar on “Whale Road” by CWolf, lead vocals on “Echoes In Stone” by Jean Saiz and Janette Valentine, and lead guitar and sonic spookery on “Echoes In Stone” and “Whale Road” by Erik Caplan.