“SCIENTIST have created a record that is bursting at the seams with creative energy and chaotic spontaneity. The vocal diversity, blending of styles, and incredible lyrics make this record one of the best I have heard this year. Don’t let this gem stay hidden. Buy it. Share it. Blare it.” — Itdjents
Chicago’s avant metal conjurors SCIENTIST have joined the Sludgelord Records roster for the release of their Barbelith full-length, which was independently issued last month. For further info, visit the Sludgelord Records Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
Comments the band of the union, “We’ve known Aaron Pickford from Sludgelord Records almost since our inception. He’s been one of our biggest supporters. He’s a hardworking, all-around good guy who has nothing but the best interests for the bands on his label. We’re super psyched to be working with him.”
Adds Pickford, “SCIENTIST is a phenomenal talent whom I have followed since their first release. Both the band and I are stoked with this union and we hope you like the album!”
The seven-track Barbelith centers itself thematically on Grant Morrison’s comic book series, The Invisibles where Barbelith is the name of the “placenta” for humanity; a satellite-like object located on the dark side of the moon. Barbelith was captured by Pete Grossman (Weekend Nachos, Jar’d Loose), mixed by Sanford Parker (Buried At Sea, Corrections House, Minsk, Twilight), and mastered by Alan Douches (Cannabis Corpse, Converge, Torche, Tombs).
For physical orders, go to the SCIENTIST Bandcamp page HERE.
Chicagoans can catch SCIENTIST live next month with additional dates to be announced soon!
6/03/2018 Doomed & Stoned Fest @ Reggies – Chicago, IL
8/03/2018 Live Wire – Chicago, IL w/ Corridoré, VRONK
SCIENTIST — featuring founding guitarist/vocalist Eric Plonka (Yakuza), guitarist/vocalist Patrick Auclair (ex-Taken By The Sun), drummer Justin Cape (ex-Taken By The Sun), vocalist Barry Kotarba (Boatman’s Toll), and bassist Mathew Milligan (Making Ghosts) — manufactures elements of sludge, doom, prog, and black metal into something that’s at once, original, organic and all-consuming; an eclectic sound that’s equal parts brutal and transcendental.
“SCIENTIST demonstrates excellent chemistry and cohesiveness throughout… There’s nothing self-indulgent about Barbelith: the band has delivered a forearm shiver to us…” — Angry Metal Guy
“SCIENTIST possesses the same technical, progressive song structures [as early Mastodon] while bringing back the raging fury of Leviathan and Blood Mountain. The gruff, lumberjack vocals sound like they were directly ripped from forgotten early B-sides… clearly the second coming [of Mastodon], with a little Tool influence thrown in for good measure (‘Barbelith’).” — Metal Trenches
“…an awesome slab of psychedelic sludge that should appeal to fans of early Mastodon and Baroness. It’s got hints of hardcore punk, trippy atmosphere, and catchy alternative rock in the mix, and the song travels through all these different sounds without ever losing focus. It’s a real heater.” — BrooklynVegan on “(Home) At Last”
“…thoroughly engaging from start to finish…It’s an album with a varied sonic vision that takes all of its disparate musical components and fuses them into a ravishing whole. It’s ambitious in all the right ways, and cashes in on every promise it makes.” — Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“While Barbelith nears an approximation of high speed sludge with convoluted riffs as our closest description, it’s apathetic to genres. What it does do is cultivate chaos into an experimental force!” — Cvlt Legio
“…the combination of the band’s heaving, flowing flux of sound and the dizzy strangeness of Morrison’s worldview makes for some heady stuff. And if you don’t know Morrison’s work, no worries (but maybe read it) — there’s still plenty of interesting, exhilarating listening on Barbelith. It never stops moving, slithering, rippling, flowing, erupting and then doing it all over again.” — Dusted
“…a synchronized juggling act of sludge, black and doom metal elements, all drenched in a progressive coating…” — Indy Metal Vault
“…an album you simply cannot ignore.” — Outlaws Of The Sun