HOPE DRONE: New Hymn From Australian Atmospheric Blackened Sludge Alchemists Now Playing At Cvlt Nation

“All rivers diverge from centre; Torrents rage through clutching fingers; Stealing into the nothing…” – HOPE DRONE‘s “Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow”

Cloak Of Ash is the imminent new full-length from Australian atmospheric blackened sludge metal alchemists, HOPE DRONE. Their debut for Relapse, Cloak Of Ash was captured by Christopher Brownbill (Idylls, Throes, Coffin Birth) at Wavelength Studios and Underground Audio in Brisbane, Australia, mixed by Brownbill and the band (also at Wavelength Studios), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon. A seven-track stroke of sonic enormity fusing panicked, poignant atmospheres with the uncompromising heaviness of a thousand tidal waves, the record is reminiscent of the lush yet isolated resonance of bands like Vattnet Viskar, Wolves In The Throne Room, Woods Of Desolation and Altar Of Plagues without replicating them. Indeed, Cloak Of Ash is at once dynamic and textured; nihilistic, doomed and hopeless draped in the dejected dissonance of the prophecy of a dying planet.

As a precursor to Cloak Of Ash‘s official emergence next month, today the desolation-dealers a Cvlt Nation offer up second track, “Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow,” for public appreciation. Issues the band of the track, “‘Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow’ is about the frailty of human life. It is about holding your loved ones close, in a world that seeks to tear them away into the quiet.”

Adds Cvlt Nation, “Have you ever wondered what it feels like when all of existence is sucked into a black hole? Or when nature decides that the human plague has wreaked enough havoc, and it’s time for our species to go extinct? …’Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow,’ and the intensity of [HOPE DRONE‘s] music is enough to make one imagine the above scenarios.”

Experience the punishing, forlorn urgency of “Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow,” courtesy of Cvlt Nation, at THIS LOCATION.

You can also sample first single, “Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning” at YouTube HERE or via SoundCloud HERE.

HOPE DRONE was forged in 2011 and have since released one demo, From Mimas To Phoebe, in 2012, and their self-titled, Sanford Parker-mixed LP in 2013 which was called, “fresh, invigorating and captivating,” by Cvlt Nation, “a bleak style of black metal strongly indebted to the Cascadian variety and played with surprising maturity and aplomb,” and “a band to watch,” by Teeth Of The Divine, and, “possibly the most devastatingly nihilistic recording I’ve ever heard, both instrumentally and lyrically,” by AngryMetalGuy.

Cloak Of Ash will be available on CD, double LP and digitally via Relapse Records on July 24th, 2015. Physical preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION. For digital preorders, go HERE.