EIGHT BELLS today announce the release of their debut, The Captain’s Daughter. Set to drop February 19, 2013 via Seventh Rule Recordings and “Engine-eared” by master producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Agalloch etc), the eclectic offering presents four songs that weave elements of post-black metal and progressive rock together in a decidedly unique manner making for an alternately beautiful and terrifying listening experience.
The Captain’s Daughter Track Listing:
2. Fate And Technology
3. The Captain’s Daughter
4. Yellowed Wallpaper
EIGHT BELLS features within its ranks SubArachnoid Space alumni Melynda Jackson and Christopher Van Huffel. A native of rural Texas, Jackson grew up an only child. The isolated grasslands and windswept landscapes of her youth would later inspire her to evoke equally mysterious terrain through experimental guitar explorations and wordless vocalizations in SubArachnoid Space. SAS took Jackson far afield with a series of albums on Relapse and various indie labels, a split EP with Bardo Pond, tours with Acid Mother’s Temple, and a trip to Japan. Jackson put the band to bed after fifteen years in 2011 following the release of its final album, Eight Bells.
Now based in Portland, Oregon Jackson’s EIGHT BELLS (the band) continues in the tradition of heavy guitar exploration, adding a blackened dissonance to the mix and minimalist vocals. Jackson is accompanied by classically trained six-string bassist Haley Westeiner who inspires and also provides harmonic counterpoint to Jackson’s newly discovered vocal talents. SubArachnoid Space drummer Chris Van Huffel resumes the throne he occupied for ten years, bringing his thunderous, nuanced double kick playing with him. With this power trio, Jackson has found a group that brings focus and support to her unapologetically expressionistic experimental metal music. According to Invisible Oranges EIGHT BELLS performs, “Psychedelic jams that don’t skimp on the heavy, anchored and propelled by Haley Westiener’s jaw-dropping basswork..” An approving nod from SSG Music exclaims, “EIGHT BELLS brings long-form metal compositions filled with sinister sounding guitar loops and crushing bass. Drummer Chris Van Huffel provides the glue between Melynda Jackson’s dizzying guitar work and bassist Haley Westeiner’s angry thumps.”
Notes Jackson earnestly of The Captain’s Daughter: “I see this album as an attempt to communicate and exorcise. It is open to interpretation. Praise be to Chris and Haley for making it a whole transmission.”