GERYON: Stereogum Premieres Opening Track From Profound Lore-Bound The Wound And The Bow Album By NYC Duo

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The first single from the Profound Lore Records-Bound The Wound And The Bow album by New York City-based avant/tech-death metal duo, GERYON – featuring two members of Krallice — has been made openly available to the public through an exclusive Stereogum stream of the album’s “Silent Command.”

The opening track to The Wound And The Bow, on “Silent Command,” GERYON wastes no time informing the listener what they’re in for over the next forty-five minutes when strapped-in to experience the album, the track thriving with the heart-racing, turn-on-a-dime, methodical brutality as well as the artistic and ever-explorative nature of the band. The track also includes electronic music compositions which occur sporadically throughout the record, here created by Krallice bandmate and producer Colin Marston and Eliane Gazzard.

Stereogum notes of the track alongside their exclusive premiere, “You can certainly hear some classic death metal hallmarks on ‘Silent Command’ in the form of Weinstein’s dense rhythms and McMaster’s arid howl. But formally and tonally, this stuff is much stranger – all icy abstraction and austere melancholy… This striking tone heightens GERYON‘s alienated and alienating atmosphere – McMaster reels off long sequences of shifting arpeggios, each seeming to circle its predecessor in search of an elusive root note, with Weinstein’s drums in hot pursuit.”

Listen to GERYON’s “Silent Command” only at Stereogum at THIS LOCATION.

Profound Lore Records will release The Wound And The Bow on April 8th, 2016.

GERYON has issued the outfit’s first show in conjunction with the release of The Wound And The Bow, the band set to play alongside Revocation and Malignancy at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar on March 17th. Stand by for additional tour dates to be announced in the weeks ahead.

3/17/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Revocation, Malignancy [info]

GERYON is a progressively-inclined technical death metal outfit comprised of half of Krallice, Nicholas McMaster and Lev Weinstein. Solely through bass guitar, drums, and vocals, through this band the duo conjures a singular vision through complex layers and meticulously crafted tones where dissonance and melody maintain that equilibrium though the band’s chaotic sound, taking from the blueprint through the duo’s experience in Krallice, as well as their previous act, Astomatous. Following their 2013 self-titled independent debut, GERYON now presents their sophomore full-length, The Wound And The Bow. While seemingly stripped down to the bare minimum without any electric guitars in the mix whatsoever, utilizing lyrics written by McMaster’s sister, Antonia, the sounds that pour forth from The Wound And The Bow present an enveloping and overwhelming sound picture; a bizarre, strange yet unforgettable and twisted sonic journey to behold. Produced at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) The Wound And The Bow record features guest electronic music contributions from the likes of Jim Mroz (Lussuria), Nick Podgurski (New Firmament, Feast of the Epiphany), and Chris Latina (Private Archive, Article Collection), as well as Marston and others.

Issues McMaster on the record’s title: “The album title The Wound And The Bow is taken from an essay by Edmund Wilson about the Sophocles play Philoctetes. Philoctetes is from Homer; he’s the best archer the Greeks have (having been given a bow that never misses by Hercules) but he suffers a snakebite on the way to Troy that leaves a permanent, festering wound, which smells so bad the Greeks abandon him on an island (though they come back for him years later when they realize they need his skill to win the war). Wilson’s essay uses the dual nature of Philoctetes– talented but maimed– to posit a general link between psychological trauma and creativity, suggesting this is a common type throughout human history. It is in this sense that we use the title: The Wound And The Bow, two sides of the same coin, humanity as the vessel which transmutes suffering into art.”