BORER: Cvlt Nation Hosts Exclusive Stream Of Bag Seeker, The Caustic Debut Album By Christchurch, New Zealand Sludge Metal Quintet; Album Out This Friday May 10th Via Landmine Records

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“Tune in, tune out, get fucked, and blast Bag Seeker past 10!” – Cvlt Nation

Cvlt Nation is hosting an exclusive stream of Bag Seeker, the debut album from Christchurch, New Zealand-based caustic sludge metal crew, BORER. The preview advances the official release of the album this Friday through Landmine Records, the label formed and operated by members of Blindfolded And Led To The Woods.

BORER was expelled into the void in 2021 during the COVID-19 lockdowns by vocalist Tom Brand and guitarist Boden Powell, shortly thereafter fleshed-out by guitarist Tim Hunt, bassist Greg Newton-Topp, and drummer Josh Reid. Worshipping the tones of Electric Wizard, Iron Monkey, and the like, they released their two track EP, Priest Thrower, in October 2021 which created a buzz in the sludge/doom scene and led to support slots with Beastwars, Stalker, and more, as well as playing some of the most renowned rock and metal festivals in Aotearoa.

2023 saw the BORER crew work away on their debut full-length, the now completed Bag Seeker. The resin-coated grooves of the hulking album deliver five tracks, most of which pass the ten-minute-mark, dragging the listener on a harrowing, bongwater and lukewarm beer bender which culminates in the twenty-one-minute epic “Lord Of The Hanged.”

Bag Seeker was recorded and mixed in Christchurch by Joseph Veale (Blindfolded And Led To The Woods), mastered by Luke Finlay at Primal Mastering, and completed with artwork and layout by Jake Clark (Mr Wolf), and is a detrimental listen for fans of Iron Monkey, Bongzilla, Weedeater, Fistula, Indian, Dystopia, and Electric Wizard.

Boden Powell relays, “The riffs on the album are like trying to chew through gravel after a hefty send… Some good, some bad, but all in all it’s pretty filthy. Underneath its seemingly average exterior, this album holds moments of unexpected brilliance that will catch you off guard.”

Tim Hunt adds, “They say truly good music is polarizing, some love it and some hate it, this album definitely has this quality. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the ones you who it resonates with embrace it fully.”

Cvlt Nation writes, “The vocals that you will encounter on this offering are filled with the torment of the forgotten people. On the musical tip, BORER creates sludge that will have you seeing the world for the fucked up place that it truly is! I’m stoked to share their album in full below. Tune in, tune out, get fucked, and blast Bag Seeker past 10!”

Immerse yourself in BORER’s resin-coated Bag Seeker in its entirety at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.

Bag Seeker will be released on CD and all digital platforms on Landmine Records this Friday, May 10th. Find preorders HERE, and watch the video for the title track HERE.

BORER has also booked two release shows for the album, taking place in Dunedin on Bag Seeker’s release date and in their hometown of Christchurch the following day. Watch for additional shows to be announced over the months ahead.

BORER Bag Seeker album release shows:
5/10/2024 The Crown Hotel – Dunedin, NZ w/ Brackish, Festering Death [tickets]
5/11/2024 Churchill’s Tavern – Christchurch, NZ w/ Witchcult, From Moose Mountain [tickets]