Today West Coast metal miscreants ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE unveil the official lyric video for “The Starting Line Is A Trip Wire.” The relentless audio punishment comes by way of the band’s soon-to-be-detonated sophomore full-length, The Road Will End. The follow-up to the band’s well-received 2009 Defeat debut was recorded with Chris Keene at Cutters Cathedral in Chico, California. All drums were tracked with Matt Pedri at Old Sailor Studios (also in Chico).
Set for release in North America via Ironclad Recordings on July 23, 2013, the record is already reaping critical accolades from the press. Opines the Sludgelord in an advance review of the record, “Possibly the outright most aggressive and just plain overwhelmingly pig-headedly heavy release of the year. It has one setting, and that setting is DESTROY.” Thrash Hits agrees saying, “It’s fast, it’s slow, it’s melodic but it’s never ever not absolutely bloody furious. There’s something utterly orgasmic about guitars churning away in a ludicrously low drop G tuning. You’ll be humming some of this stuff for days to come, it’s that good.” Adds Metal Temple, “There is simply so much for me to love about ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE‘s output, starting from their fat guitar sound, their chugging sludgy riffs that thrust forward in a ”take no prisoners” mentality which you simply can’t stay indifferent to, good song progression, brutally heavy groove, a variety of musical influences and a vocalist that dominates a wide range of extreme vocal styles. If I have to categorize their music I’d say it’s a crossover between sludge and hardcore…fans of bands such as Burst and Mammoth Grinder are in for a treat.”
Featuring ten tracks of unadulterated urgency, The Road Will End is a complex study in heaviness. One-finger chords and single-string riffs, complicated by sophisticated voicings and even an occasional solo. No triggers, no wanky “shredding,” no posturing, no cowardice, no frills.
View the “The Starting Line Is A Trip Wire” video via the Ironclad Recordings home page at THIS LOCATION. Preorder bundles are now available HERE.
In related endtime news, ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE will take their audio hostility to the streets on a short run of live assaults next month. The trek will commence on July 11 in Chico, California where the band will be performing The Road Will End in its entirety. Entrants will also be given free individually numbered and signed show posters made by Matt Loomis (while supplies last).
ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE Live Assaults 2013:
7/11/2013 Cafe Coda – Chico, CA w/ Death Valley High, Horseneck *ALL AGES. Free individually numbered and signed show posters made by Matt Loomis. The band will also be playing The Road Will End in its entirety.
7/12/2013 SAC: Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA w/ Death Valley High, Horseneck.
7/13/2013 The Night Light – Oakland, CA w/ Death Valley High, Horseneck.
7/14/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA w/ Name
7/15/2013 The Oak Park Boiz House – Sacramento, CA
7/16/2013 Ryan’s Saloon – Reno, NV w/ Glacier
7/19/2013 Lasalles – Chico, CA 21+