Denver-based blackened trio THE MUNSENS presents their latest single, the title track to their impending debut LP, Unhanded, due February 15th through Sailor Records. The new track is thrown into the public spotlight through a premiere at Decibel Magazine. Additionally, the band has announced their Unhanded Tour which consumes most of March, and preorders for the album have also been issued.
Having carved out a place of their own in the much-lauded Denver metal scene over recent years, THE MUNSENS’ debut LP Unhanded is a step in a new direction for the band, melding elements of the members’ early influences in punk, black metal, and hardcore. Offering a more complete representation of the outfit’s output from prior releases, Unhanded distinguishes THE MUNSENS as one of the more unique and enthralling bands on the metal touring circuit. The LP comes following a productive 2018 Summer that included performances at Psycho Las Vegas, 71Grind IV, Austin Terror Fest, Electric Funeral Fest, and more.
With the premiere of their “Underhanded” single, THE MUNSENS’ Mike Goodwin states, “Most rational people grasp that the socioeconomic status quo is unsustainable. What’s been grossly overstated and misinterpreted is the general ‘resistance’ thus far. If and when an actual subversion of the current order gains footing, we will see unprecedented manipulation, depravity and chaos. Thus far, we’ve managed to connect the world in spinning mindlessly through a dark, hypocritical parody.” He adds, “Overall, this new record brings forth a more comprehensive – in both sound and substance – representation of the band.”
Decibel posts with the track, “On their debut LP, the Colorado trio welcome a stronger influence from punk and black metal, a punishing addition to the stoner doom core of THE MUNSENS. One of the prime examples of that on Unhanded is the title track; beginning as a galloping piece of blackened punk, a sludgy, dissonant undercurrent pulls the song into a grim crawl for its second half.”
Let THE MUNSENS’ “Unhanded” off the chain at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Produced by the band, Unhanded delivers nearly forty minutes of music through five mammoth songs, the album engineered by Mike Moebius at Moonlight Mile Recording, mastered by Dennis Pleckham at Comatose Studio, and finished with photography by Michael Goodwin. The record will see release on February 15th, 2019 via Sailor Records through all digital platforms and vinyl formats, with both a standard black pressing as well as a limited run of 125 copies milky clear with black splatter.
Find preorders at Bandcamp where prior single “Dirge (For Those To Come)” is streaming and available for instant gratification with purchase HERE.
THE MUNSENS will tour across the Southwest US for the majority of March and beyond in support of the album, leading with a hometown album release show on March 2nd. The tour then runs across the country’s midsection winding down to play at SXSW in Austin once again before hitting Mexico for one gig and wrapping up the tour in New Mexico on March 16th.
THE MUNSENS will also support Monolord at a hometown show on May 2nd, and shortly after they’ll travel to New Mexico to Monolith on the Mesa: A High Desert Rock & Art Experience where they’ll perform alongside Om, Dead Meadow, Wovenhand, The Obsessed, Eye, Wino, Pinkish Black, and may others. Watch for additional tour dates to be added over the weeks ahead.
THE MUNSENS Unhanded Tour:
3/02/2019 The Hi Dive – Denver, CO *Unhanded release show
3/07/2019 Kirby’s Beer Store – Wichita, KS
3/08/2019 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
3/09/2019 Rock Island Brewing Co. – Rock Island, IL
3/10/2019 Green Lantern Bar – Lexington, KY
3/11/2019 Sinkhole – St Louis, MO
3/12/2019 TBA – Little Rock, AR
3/13/2019 Black Smoke Conjuring @ SXSW – Austin, TX
3/14/2019 The Mix – San Antonio, TX
3/15/2019 Hysteria Bar – Ciudad Juarez, MX
3/16/2019 Palo Verde Lounge – Tempe, NM
5/02/2019 The Hi Dive – Denver, CO w/ Monolord [info]
5/17/2019 Monolith On The Mesa – Taos, NM [info]