“The band’s upcoming album Iron Desert conjures up sounds reminiscent to Melvins, High On Fire, and Big Business. Loud vocals, fuzzed-out guitars, and driving drums are the name of the game…” — Toilet Ov Hell
Toilet Ov Hell is currently streaming “Entire Mire” from Chicago noise/sludge/doom metal trio DEN. The tune comes by of the band’s impending Iron Desert full-length, set for release later this month via Corpse Flower Records.
Writes “Toilet Ov Hell” of the track, “You ever purchase a fruit or vegetable and stick it in the refrigerator for later use only to completely forget about it for weeks? The fridge starts to stink, but you do nothing about it. Then the kitchen itself takes on the faint odor of rotting produce. Finally, you can’t take it anymore. You search for the culprit until you find a rotting, mold covered mass of…something. Gone are the dreams of a nice meal, replaced only by a living fuzz that seems to grow with each passing second. DEN’s new song… is that pungent, fuzz-covered decaying lump… The band’s upcoming album Iron Desert conjures up sounds reminiscent to Melvins, High On Fire, and Big Business. Loud vocals, fuzzed-out guitars, and driving drums are the name of the game and we’re happy to premiere their newest song ‘Entire Mire.’”
Elaborates the band, “By and for the saucer-eyed enthusiast, ‘Entire Mire’ is the fractal plunge and rumbling buzz that accompanies your internal monologue when too many tabs turn into too far gone for too many days. ‘How long has it been? Is that my voice? The lake must know. And god dammit, where did Daddy Long Shapes run off to? Fuck it. Double or nothing on the clearing bats.’ But none of that is relevant anymore. Suddenly two words are all you need. Don the moss wig, raise your machete & dance on the corpse of what used to be. Ascend and say it to yourself, ‘Entire Mire.’”
Stream “Entire Mire,” at Toilet Ov Hell, at THIS LOCATION.
The seven scathing tracks of rhythm and gloom contained within Iron Desert were captured at Wall To Wall Studios and the Harris Family Barn, engineered and mixed by DEN bassist Dylan Piskula, mastered by Erik Rasmussen, and features art and layout by drummer Ian Piirtola.
Iron Desert will be released November 22nd on limited edition vinyl (available on splatter or cloudy blue) and digital formats. For preorders, visit the Corpse Flower Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION where first single, “Taste For Blood,” can be streamed.
DEN was forged in 2010 by three low-frequency worshipping cavemen: Ian Piirtola, Ray Keenan, and Adam Harris. Never confined to a singular sound, DEN operates somewhere between noise rock and metal with occasional progressive elements and electronic fuckery, often being compared to the likes of Melvins, Lightning Bolt, and Man Is The Bastard.
Described as “waves of sonic aggression in the form of space age electronic sounds doing battle with ferocious noise rock bass and drums,” the band’s first recorded output, Bronze Fog, arrived in 2011. The following year, DEN released Electric Eyes, a three-song seven inch that moved from psyche-sludge to krautrock to droning doom. Wrote Yellowgreenred.com of the release, “There’s a blurry image of an enraged caveman bashing a robot’s tin cranium on the front of this DEN single, and it’s not just a pleasant image – it’s DEN’s musical aesthetic.”
2013 marked a new era for DEN as Keenan relocated to Austin. After a brief stint with Corey Mahaney playing bass, Dylan Piskula entered the fold to hold down the duties of the boom broom and DEN found its legs again. Blossom Juice, a mostly improvised outing of harsh scrape and space grime was released the following year. The band’s first proper full-length, Exhausted, was released shortly thereafter on BLVD Records. DEN has since played countless shows and regional tours, sharing stages with Buildings, Bummer, Gay Witch Abortion, Multicult, Oozing Wound, The Obsessed, Dead Meadow, and so many others, all the while writing what eventually has become the second long-player, Iron Desert, the first recordings with Piskula and the heaviest yet most distilled slab of DEN to date.