“Steady, subterranean, and filthy clean, GREEN DRUID duskily flows with the drone of a thousand rusty amps through the cracks and pores of forgotten, ancient crypts… a darkly addictive monster of shadow riffs and deep, earthen tones of sacred blood. This is doom, and it is mighty.” — Heavy Planet
Denver-based psychedelic stoner doom collective GREEN DRUID will release their Ashen Blood full-length via Earache Records later this month. Initially self-released by the band, Ashen Blood is at once brooding, atmospheric, and isolationist, with weighty riffs summoning the Lovecraftian horrors of the cosmos. The sonic sorcery GREEN DRUID manifests on Ashen Blood entrances its listeners with tales of the Old Blood and of dismal worlds too soon forgotten.
Grizzly Butts crowns the offering, “one of the most redeeming records of the year so far,” furthering, “I was fully sold into this whole GREEN DRUID thing once the first half of ‘Rebirth’ kicked in with its Dopethrone-ing burlap thick riffs, loudspeaker vocals, and crystalline wah-pedal flourishes. From there, an Acid King-inspired stomp riff with inspired soloing ensues, invoking a touch of NOLA-sludge groove on its way out… Ashen Blood has its own occult allure about it that kept me coming back for a listen… Recommended if you like old Electric Wizard, the first Magic Circle, Ice Dragon, and such.” The Obelisk writes, “It does not seem at all like a coincidence that GREEN DRUID has been plucked from an emergent underground in Denver, Colorado, to release Ashen Blood on Earache Records. One of heavy metal’s most historically celebrated imprints has a history of landmarks in terms of riffy fare — … Sleep’s Holy Mountain chief among them but by no means the only one; albums from Cathedral, Iron Monkey, Fudge Tunnel, Deadbird, and Hour Of 13 come to mind — and even if it’s not the style for which Earache is chiefly known, GREEN DRUID represent well the core values of modern stoner-doom idolatry, a nodder like ‘Dead Tree’ rolling itself forward slowly but not without a fluid drive.” Hellbound concurs, “On a scene full of witches and wizards, sometimes it’s good to be a druid. These Denver doomsters may not stray too far from the beaten path (they do have a song called ‘Nightfall,’ after all), but their crunchy doom tones still satisfy on their 74-minute(!) Earache debut.” Stranger Aeons hails, “GREEN DRUID is more than just some music; it’s an expression of its times and a way to deal with the world for the members involved,” adding, “You can taste the stoner roots in the full, hazy sound of the band and comparisons to the mighty Trouble are therefore not so strange, though I’d add the great Cathedral to that mix.”
In celebration of its forthcoming release, Cvlt Nation is streaming “Rebirth,” noting, “GREEN DRUID is here and they are ready to get you high as fuck on their stonerdelic green riffs – this music will have you coughing nonstop because it is that heavy!”
Check Out “Rebirth” HERE.
And sample videos for “Dead Tree” and “Agoraphobia” below.
GREEN DRUID’s Ashen Blood will receive a proper unveiling via Earache Records March 16th on CD, LP, and digital formats. For preorder bundles, go to THIS LOCATION.
In conjunction with the record’s release, GREEN DRUID is hosting their very own Weed Olympics. Currently under way, the band will be testing out sixteen strains of weed for eight weeks. Each week, the band will post a video of their “smoke off” between strains at the GREEN DRUID Instagram page HERE.
Fans can vote on their favorite strain via the GREEN DRUID Twitter page HERE! The semi-finals will be held the first two weeks of April with the grand finale to happen on April 20th. Watch the band’s previously-released videos at Cvlt Nation HERE.
GREEN DRUID will play a handful of area performances including a record release show on March 23rd and an appearance at Stoned And Dusted And Electric Funeral Fest III with additional shows to be announced soon. See all confirmed dates below.
3/23/2018 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO w/ Palehorse/Palerider, Chieftain, Matriarch
4/20/2018 Lion’s Liar – Denver, CO w/Necropanther, Ghosts of GGlaciers
4/26/2018 Bar Bar – Denver, CO with Thorr Axe, Giardia
5/26/2018 Stoned And Dusted – Joshua Tree, CA w/ Brant Bjork, The Obsessed, Nebula, more
6/29/2018 Electric Funeral Fest – Denver, CO w/ Speedwolf (reunion show), Spirit Adrift, Aseethe, R.I.P., more
Graham Zander – guitar
Chris McLaughlin – guitar/vocals
Ryan Sims – drums
Ryan Skates – bass
GREEN DRUID worships at the feet of the monolithic amplifier and performs holy communion with the tremorous onslaught of murky tones that emanate from its maw. “While our first EP and foray into the world of doom could be viewed as us learning the ins-and-outs of the genre, Ashen Blood is where we really started to hone in on our own voice,” issues the band. “Taking influence from the dark fantasy landscapes of games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne, we strove to create a truly doomed psychedelic experience.”