Revolver Magazine is now streaming You Must Relax, the caustic debut LP from Germany’s BELLROPE, the act having emerged from the remnants of infamous sludge outfit Black Shape Of Nexus. The album sees release this Friday through Exile On Mainstream Records, as the label celebrates its 20th Anniversary.
Raised on a diet of doom, noise, and crust punk, thriving in the international DIY/squat communities, BELLROPE is a band who dubs their sound as, “the total absence of tonal sanity.” With their devastating debut album, BELLROPE culminates their excessive amplification and infectious tonal obliteration in a seismic display of low-end thunder delivering nearly fifty-five minutes of music with five sprawling tracks.
Streaming the record advancing its release, Revolver Magazine writes, “BELLROPE‘s latest release is You Must Relax, an LP that, considering the content therein, must be noir humor. It seethes and smashes, takes you to the outer reaches and back, all while luring you in with atomic riffs and well-honed songwriting. It’s nasty but well crafted, brutal and thoughtful, but best of all You Must Relax is one mean son of a bitch.”
The band offers of their debut, “You ain’t gonna listen right for a WEEK!”
Stream BELLROPE’s You Must Relax via Revolver RIGHT HERE.
Fans of Old Man Gloom, early-ISIS, Cough, Boris, and of course the former act of several members, Black Shape Of Nexus, must endure You Must Relax.
Exile On Mainstream will issue You Must Relax on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats tomorrow, February 22nd. Place orders for all formats at the Exile On Mainstream webshop HERE, for US physical copies at Earsplit Distro HERE, and through all digital providers.
Following a tour across Germany earlier this month, BELLROPE will perform at both Exile On Mainstream 20th Anniversary Parties this year, the first running April 4th through 7th at UT Connewitz in Leipzig, Germany, and the second on April 13th at Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. Watch for additional dates to be posted.
Driven by a rabid sense of urgency, and with a simple goal of “amp hauling and amp abusing” in mind, BELLROPE‘s sonic maelstrom traverses many different plains of heavy, oft recognizable, but never bound to one formula. Case in point being the visceral album opener; more than a palette cleanser, this is sensory overload, total tonal (in)sanity. Elsewhere the stomping second track “Old Overholt,” replete with blood curdling bellows, pays tribute to the iconic rye whiskey, whilst the morose dueling vocals from Treedon’s Yvonnne Ducksworth and Arne Heesch and sonic samples on “TD 200” carry that colossal track to a climatic end, leading into the album closer, “CBD/Hereinunder,” a heavy combination of chugging guitars and psych-like leads locking into a repetitive, almost entrancing groove.