“Sure, the giant-sized, fuzzed out riffs imply the album should come with rolling papers in the liner notes, but the frenetic drumming and technical guitar licks give the whole thing an amped up vibe, like those rolling papers should be laced with speed. Think Pepper-era Corrosion Of Conformity but twice as fast, or Mastodon’s Remission with more major key ditties…” — MetalSucks
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Today sees the official release of Mount Crushmore, the new full-length from stoner metal/sludge merchants ASTHMA CASTLE.
Stealing souls and packing bowls since 2008, ASTHMA CASTLE feature within its ranks drummer Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Scour), the twin guitar attack of Justin Ethem and Cameron Smith (Passage Between, Crawler), vocalist Zach Westphal (ex-J. Roddy Walston And The Business), and bassist Jeff Davis (Damnation Audio effects pedals). Together they manifest a unique and seamless, riff-heavy blend of stoner metal/rock, heavy metal, prog, and sludge that takes its cues from the likes of Weedeater, Church Of Misery, Mastodon, Lowrider, Dozer, and Clutch without ever seeming derivative. Gushes MetalSucks of the release, “Sure, the giant-sized, fuzzed out riffs imply the album should come with rolling papers in the liner notes, but the frenetic drumming and technical guitar licks give the whole thing an amped up vibe, like those rolling papers should be laced with speed. Think Pepper-era Corrosion Of Conformity but twice as fast, or Mastodon’s Remission with more major key ditties. You’re stoned and you’re sharp, a unique feeling indeed as anyone who’s ever mixed uppers and downers can attest to.”
Mount Crushmore was recorded and mixed at Wrightway Studios (Dying Fetus, Misery Index), mastered by Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer at his own Visceral Sound Studios and features killer cover art by Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Designs (Napalm Death, Kreator etc.).
Mount Crushmore is out TODAY on CD and digital formats via Hellmistress Records with limited edition vinyl to be released the following month. The vinyl edition will be limited to five-hundred in three color variants: 175 on heavy black splatter on gold, 175 on white splatter on black, and 150 copies on gold, white, and black tri-color bleed.
ASTHMA CASTLE Record Release Show:
4/10/2019 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
“The riffy grooves of ‘The Incline Of Western Civilization’ recall Sleep and their ilk, heavy yet melodic, with a combination of sung vocals and belted-out roars. Despite a ten-year period of silence between this album and their 2009 debut EP, ASTHMA CASTLE are in top form and ready to riff.” — Decibel on “The Incline Of Western Civilization”
“Holy damn on a stick, are these riffs gigantic.” — Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“Absorbing and bloody irresistible.” — Ghost Cult
“…a nasty, low-registered, swingy, cannonball of rage, and it’s the most fun my neck has had in a while.” — Sputnik Music