“…a harrowing and dark trip into the abyss and a subsequent call from the void — a terrifying track that should not be missed.” — Revolver on “I Am Kuru”
Missouri-based doom trio FISTER will unleash the asphyxiating sounds of their fittingly titled No Spirit Within full-length in the US next month via Listenable Records.
In advance if its release, Revolver Magazine is streaming the dejected sounds of “I Am Kuru” for communal consumption hailing a, “harrowing and dark trip into the abyss and a subsequent call from the void — a terrifying track that should not be missed.”
Submit to the sounds of “I Am Kuru,” courtesy of Revolver Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
If you missed it, check out the band’s previously-released video for “Star Swallower” as well as “Disgraced Possession” below.
FISTER’s No Spirit Within was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Gabe Usery at Encapsulated Studios in St. Louis and will be released via Listenable Records on CD, LP, and cassette formats in Europe on April 27th followed by a US street date of May 18th. For preorders go to THIS LOCATION.
Manifesting a sound so poisonous, polluted, and nihilistic that “sludge,” “doom,” “funeral,” and “death” are the only words close to suitable in description, on No Spirit Within the Midwestern outfit are overpowering and relentless at a city-leveling volume like a Sisyphean artillery brigade cursed to push two hundred tons of speaker cabinets uphill forever.
In conjunction with the release of No Spirit Within, FISTER will kick off a European tour with Sacramento doom unit Chrch next month. The trek will run from May 2nd through May 16th. See all confirmed dates below.
FISTER w/ Chrch:
5/02/2018 Bar Loose – Helsinki, FI
5/03/2018 SubScene – Oslo, NO
5/04/2018 Northern Discomfort – Copenhagen, DK
5/05/2018 Vera – Groningen, NL
5/06/2018 Desert Fest – Banury, UK
5/07/2018 The Wheatsheaf – Banbury, UK
5/08/2018 Nice N Sleazy – Glasgow, UK
5/09/2018 Head Of Steam – Newcastle, UK
5/10/2018 Temple Of Boom – Leeds, UK
5/11/2018 Magasin4 – Brussels, BE
5/12/2018 Halle Am Rhein – Cologne, DE
5/13/2018 Kafe Kult – Munich, DE
5/14/2018 Freakout Club – Bologna, IT
5/15/2018 L’Usine – Geneva, CH
5/16/2018 JuHa West – Stuttgart, DE
In an advance review of the record, Two Guys Metal Reviews writes, “It’s easy to get lost in the monolithic and borderline terrifying waltz of No Spirit Within… [FISTER] reflects a certain bleak potency that exists within all of us and routinely guide us into ever darker sound worlds… Backbreaking and face smashing, this is what sludge should be about.” Metal Revolution champions, “one of the nastiest strains of doom metal coming out of the US in recent years.” Observes Cvlt Nation, “No Spirit Within opens up with two-minute intro ‘Frozen Scythe’ which carries the foreboding resonance of an Ennio Morricone score but when a stomach-churning growl signals the start of ‘Disgraced Possession’ it becomes all too apparent that FISTER’s latest album is less A Fistful Of Dollars and more The Day After Tomorrow. The ten-minute journey submerges you in the bowels of humanity. Remorselessly dark right through to its caustic core, only occasional spiraling solos are permitted to penetrate the punishing discord through which the sinewed strains of Marcus Newstead add additional lines of distress…”
Hailing from the confluence of infectious disease, arbitrary violence, and rivers of industrial filth that is St. Louis, Missouri, FISTER has been sublimating their brutally toxic environment into a deliberate and belligerent challenge to the eardrums since 2009. Comprised of bassist/vocalist Kenny Snarzyk, drummer Kirk Gatterer, and guitarist/vocalist Marcus Newstead, this trio converts an eclectic swarm of extreme metal influences into the sonic analogue of trench warfare, concussive, bloody, and exhausting. Honed to grisly sharpness through years of performance, they have shared stages with countless musicians, including supporting sludge icons Eyehategod and Crowbar and appearances at the SXSW, Psycho Las Vegas, and Roadburn festivals. Pairing their seismic live offerings with more than a dozen releases, they have literally poured their blood into the work along the way – for their 2012 EP Violence, the band members had blood drawn and mixed with the ink used to print the liner notes.
From the hazy bulldozer bongripping of debut LP Bronsonic to 2015’s impossibly dismal IV, a gruesome and lysergic forty-four-minute long single track that tests the limits of adjectives like heavy or bleak, their sound is continually (d)evolving. Consistently finding new ways to hit bottom in a sequence of splits with fellow underground juggernauts Dopethrone, Primitive Man, and Teeth among others, FISTER has emerged as one of the nastiest strains of doom metal, adept at fusing the narcotic tension of drowning in misery with the planet-splitting intensity of devout amplifier worship.