German doom quartet CONFUSION MASTER presents the newest video from their freshly-released Awaken LP, out now through Exile On Mainstream. The video is crafted for the deeply-grooved “In The Shadow Of The Bong” which makes its debut through The Obelisk on the eve of the band’s album release show.
CONFUSION MASTER‘s Awaken represents the band’s focus and attitude: condensation and reduction to what is really important and, musically, creates a well-focused sound: existentialism and escapism – manifesting the personal horrors in tone drawing from these inspirations. Awaken features four tracks delivered over forty minutes. The LP will contain a CD version of these tracks and three additional bonus songs which will later be released on vinyl as limited edition split records with other bands to keep the band’s release politics an ongoing venture.
Guitarist, vocalist, and lyricist for CONFUSION MASTER Stephan Kurth discloses, “‘In The Shadow Of The Bong’ draws inspiration from the three antidotes to the absurdity of life according to Albert Camus. Conditions must be fulfilled to be translated in consequences such as revolt, freedom and passion. Camus’ call to a greater degree of understanding among people and greater sincerity building on mankind becoming ultimately frank and free to allow communication inspired this song. This all we wrapped up in a Cavity-/Iron Monkey-inspired riffage. Enjoy!”
The Obelisk notes the new single, “aside from winning the battle of track names, is a wah-soaked slab of psychedelic doom miseries that summarizes a lot of the atmosphere of the album as a whole.”
Sink into CONFUSION MASTER’s “In The Shadow Of The Bong” video at The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.
Awaken is out now through an LP/CD package and digital release via Exile On Mainstream; place preorders for the LP HERE and the digital through iTunes, Amazon, and all other major providers. Japanese label Bonten Records is releasing a CD only-version on their own.
In support of Awaken, a hometown record release show is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, May 5th, with fellow labelmates Treedeon. This will be followed by a run of tour dates in Japan with Guevnna scheduled for May 21st through 26th, with shows in Tokyo, Fujisawa, Gifu, Nagano, Niigata, and Tokyo. Stand by for additional dates to be announced, including a tour across Europe and beyond in the fall.
CONFUSION MASTER Tour Dates:
5/05/2018 Plattnfischn Record Fair – Rostock, DE *Awaken release show w/ Treedeon
5/21/2018 Ruby Room – Tokyo, JP
5/22/2018 Gigs Shonan – Fujisawa, JP
5/23/2018 Casper – Gifu, JP
5/24/2018 The Venue – Nagano, JP
5/25/2018 Golden Pigs – Niigata, JP
5/26/2018 Moonstep – Tokyo, JP
Dubbing themselves as “Electric Sabbath action doom, deep-down soaked in a time-spiral measuring equal parts ’70s ‘Sabbath proto-rock riffage in a loop scheme backbeat groove formula and tritonous stoner weed,” CONFUSION MASTER was brought to life in Autumn 2015 on the northern misty Baltic Sea shores of Rostock, Germany. A quartet, drawn from punk and metal circuits, sharing their love for sound, misanthropy, D.I.Y. values, and vintage gear, the members have earned merits in underground stalwart hordes such as Cyness, Wojczech, Bad Luck Rides On Wheels, and Aequatorkaelte – this alone should give you a hindsight towards the fact that we are not talking a bunch of greenhorns here but a band that has vision and attitude. In 2016 CONFUSION MASTER started touring in support for bands like Dopethrone, Crowskin, Bongzilla, Beehoover, and labelmates Black Shape Of Nexus. To date the band has played well over forty shows and has many more already booked for 2018 in company with Southern Lord recording artists Like Rats, among others.