“…it kinda sounds like if you took the proggy post-metal of Pelagic’s flagship band The Ocean and injected it with the death-y metalcore of prime-era BTBAM.” — BrooklynVegan
BrooklynVegan is currently hosting the premiere of “Vision Loser” from Vancouver, British Columbia-based progressive death metal collective NECK OF THE WOODS. The track comes by way of the band’s imminent new full-length, The Annex Of Ire, set to drop March 20th via their new label home of Pelagic Records.
Captured by producer/engineer Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung, Brutus etc.) at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, the relentless seven track offering capitalizes on NECK OF THE WOODS’ already ravaging recipe of rabid, methodical, and absorbing extreme/death-tinged metal.
Issues the band of the latest sampling of the record, “An absolute ripper of a tune, ‘Vision Loser’ highlights the influences of our recent ex-bass player turned full-time guitarist, Ron Holloway. With the usual NECK OF THE WOODS crew in his corner, the songs really push the envelope of the modern metal sound. Lyrically focused on understanding, processing, and overcoming anger, this song comes in hot on all fronts.”
Adds BrooklynVegan, “it kinda sounds like if you took the proggy post-metal of Pelagic’s flagship band The Ocean and injected it with the death-y metalcore of prime-era BTBAM.”
View NECK OF THE WOODS’ “Vision Loser” playthrough video, alongside the band’s previously released video for The Annex Of Ire’s title track at BrooklynVegan HERE.
The Annex Of Ire will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find preordering info below:
NECK OF THE WOODS will make an appearance at this year’s edition of SXSW followed by a short bout of live dates with Misery Signals from April 30th through May 9th with additional live adventures to be announced in the coming weeks. See all confirmed dates below.
NECK OF THE WOODS:
3/18/2020 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX (SXSW)
w/ Misery Signals, End, Chamber:
4/30/2020 The Buckingham – Edmonton, AB [info]
5/02/2020 Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB [info]
5/03/2020 The Exchange – Regina, SK [info]
5/04/2020 The Goodwill Social Club – Winnipeg, MB [info]
5/05/2020 Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN [info]
5/06/2020 Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA [info]
5/07/2020 X-Ray Arcade – Milwaukee, WI [info]
5/08/2020 WC Social Club – West Chicago, IL [info]
5/09/2020 Red Flag – St. Louis, MO [info]
Formed in early 2014, NECK OF THE WOODS’ exhilarating brand of progressive metal and charged live shows have quickly earned them a reputation as one of the most exciting acts to emerge from Vancouver’s metal scene.
The group’s complex and dynamic sound along with their resonating live performances helped the band quickly rise to prominence. Following the release of their self-titled EP in 2015, they took to the road making appearances at multiple Canadian festivals including both Calgary and Armstrong Metalfest. Summer 2016 saw them accompany metalcore legends Misery Signals on the Canadian leg of their 2016 tour as well as embarking on a headlining tour of Western Canada. It wasn’t long before they caught the eye of UK label Basick Records who welcomed them to their roster in Spring 2017. Their debut album, The Passenger, released in September of 2017, sparked candid debate amongst metal critics across the globe; its diverse sound defies categorization while delivering a blend of aggressive attitude, emotive expression, progressive intellect, and modern flair.
Performing in support of major touring acts has become a well-rehearsed routine for the band. From warming the stage for Converge at Sled Island Music & Arts Festival to directly supporting Every Time I Die, NECK OF THE WOODS has established themselves with a high energy performance that is not to be missed. The band spent the majority of 2018 on the road, kicking things off with a six-week North American tour that included debut performances in New York, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Shortly thereafter, the group embarked on their first tour of the West Coast and have continued to tour regionally on a regular basis ever since.
2019 began with NECK OF THE WOODS receiving a nomination for Heavy/Hard Artist Of The Year by the Western Canadian Music Awards. Recently signed to Pelagic Records, the band will be releasing their second full-length, The Annex Of Ire, in March of 2020.
“Complex, confrontational, and unflinchingly heavy, NECK OF THE WOODS are the most exciting progressive metal band to emerge from Vancouver, BC’s underground scene in a generation…” – Robert Collins, Music Correspondent, CTV Vancouver
“NECK OF THE WOODS have honed a technical, multi-genre approach to metal that sounds like the product of Devin Townsend working with Converge. Ripping, serpentine riffs and brash breakdowns make it impossible for NECK OF THE WOODS to lose your attention.” – Sled Island Music & Arts Fest