Missouri-based doom trio FISTER is pleased to unveil the grisly new video for “I Am Kuru.” The punishing psalm comes by way of the band’s No Spirit Within full-length released earlier this year via Listenable Records.
Called, “a satisfyingly miserable experience dominated by crushing low-end and venom-dripping vocals,” by Bandcamp and hailed for its, “slow, trudging-and-grudgingly evil riffs,” by Metal Injection, the record was captured by Gabe Usery at Encapsulated Studios in St. Louis and exudes a sound so poisonous, polluted, and nihilistic that “sludge,” “doom,” “funeral,” and “death” are the only words close to suitable in description.
View the band’s unsettling clip for “I Am Kuru” — a Doomed Asylum Production — below.
FISTER is currently crumbling stages across the US and Canada with additional live performances to be announced in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below.
11/13/2018 Neon Rose Bar – El Paso, TX
11/14/2018 Club Congress -Tucson, AZ
11/15/2018 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
11/16/2018 Space – San Diego, CA
11/17/2018 Midnite Communion V @ Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA
11/18/2018 Elbow Room Jack London – Oakland, CA
11/19/2018 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
11/20/2018 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
11/21/2018The Highline – Seattle, WA
11/22/2018 Astoria – Vancouver, BC
11/23/2018 The Observatory – Spokane, WA
11/24/2018 High Note Café – Boise, ID
11/25/2018 Buckhorn Bar & Parlor – Laramie, WY
11/26/2018 Triple Nickel – Colorado Springs, CO
11/27/2018 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
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.
“…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”
“…a satisfyingly miserable experience dominated by crushing low-end and venom-dripping vocals. There’s just not a lot of music out there as deliberately heavy as this, nor as single-minded in its purpose.” – Best Metal On Bandcamp; May 2018
“The slow slaughter proves to be an ode to beating all that wallows with a battle axe.” — Invisible Oranges
“Its centerpiece is the twelve-minute title track, with Kenny Snarzyk’s pained vocals echoing like he’s crying out from a cave deep below the earth. In the song’s staggering second half, the fuzz thickens and Snarzyk’s bass takes over the melody so that Marcus Newstead’s guitar can morph into some kind of sonic flamethrower. They sound like they could go on like this forever, until, with one final roar, the song slips abruptly into silence.” — Pitchfork
“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…” — Cvlt Nation
“…holy hell does it sound hateful.” — Metal Injection