With the release of Distance | Collapsed, the debut full-length from Australian death/doom troupe INVERLOCH, now just two days from official unveiling, today Noisey streams the record in its devastating entirety alongside an in-depth interview with guitarist Matthew Scarajew.
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Distance | Collapsed will see a global release on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records on March 4th, 2016. Physical preorders, including limited edition bundles, can be purchased via Relapse.com at THIS LOCATION, and digital preorders are available via the band’s Bandcamp page HERE.
In an recent 8/10 review of the record, Decibel hails the band’s “startling talent,” further noting, “what raises the material on Distance | Collapsed about so many other bands bearing the ‘doom/death’ description is how INVERLOCH breathes Prometheus-like fire into both genres… INVERLOCH meld both with a virtuosos hand and formidable chops.” No Clean Singing concurs, “Like many musicians, the members of INVERLOCH are embracing the return of old-school death metal. But this isn’t an instance of some younger kids engaging in Autopsy worship, but rather well-seasoned veterans who give the listener the best of both worlds. INVERLOCH aren’t merely trying to gain mileage from their past, and also aren’t rehashing riffs from their favorite CDs. Instead, we get a logical continuation of Disembowelment’s unique and captivating sound, and hopefully these releases will age as well as what has come before.” Two Guys Metal Reviews gushes, “Distance | Collapsed is the sound of some sort of gigantic beast. While its repose is noble, elegant even, when you awaken the rage all hell breaks loose and you feel the world melting around you. The devastating crush and funereal might of the faster songs on this record are a perfect counterpoint to that which comes before – standing for something far greater and proving that death metal isn’t just a question of speed, but also primitive skullfucking brutality.” Adds Angry Metal Guy in a 4.5/5 score, “Doom/death is a difficult genre to pull off effectively, as the balance of invoking an atmosphere and providing brutal heaviness and speed when necessary can be a tricky tightrope indeed. Add the importance of not lulling the listener to sleep during the proceedings, and you can easily figure out why many bands that play this hybrid have a hard time breaking through. I’m happy to report, however, that Distance | Collapsed is a success on all fronts.”
In related news, INVERLOCH recently announced a run of European dates this coming April with labelmates Usnea beginninng with an appearance at the legendary Roadburn Festival in The Netherlands this coming April alongside Neurosis, Tau Cross, and many others and closing with a performance at SWR Barroselas Metal Fest in Portugal. Check out confirmed locations below.
INVERLOCH w/ Usnea:
4/14/2016 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL
4/15/2016 Bruxelles, BE
4/17/2016 Regensburg, DE
4/18/2016 Bologna, IT
4/19/2016 Trieste, IT
4/20/2016 Karlsruhe, DE
4/22/2016 Oviedo, ES
4/23/2016 SWR Festival – Barroselas, PT
Since the demise of Australia’s Disembowelment in 1993, a void has developed for the many fans of the band’s epic blend of slow atmospherics and blasting brutality. Few have succeeded in channeling this legacy, until Melbourne’s INVERLOCH – featuring half of the legendary Disembowelment – took the global stage in the late 2000s. In 2012, INVERLOCH released their debut EP Dusk | Subside, a crushing offering featuring bursts of pounding blast beats that erupt out of tranquil soundscapes. INVERLOCH deftly follows up on the sound and feel that Disembowelment first trademarked in the early 1990s and take it into 2016 with their own, cold, brutal sound and style. The band played their first-ever show at the legendary Roadburn Festival in The Netherlands, and has been lauded worldwide by renowned publications such as Decibel and Terrorizer, the latter of which stated that INVERLOCH, “[push] the boundaries of heaviness beyond their breaking point.”
Now INVERLOCH returns. With the five-track Distance | Collapsed, the band has crafted another masterpiece boasting forty minutes of absolutely crushing death/doom. Buzzsaw death metal riffs and bowel splitting vocals mix alongside earth shaking dirges and blasting percussion, all wrapped together in a haunting yet beautifully dreadful atmosphere. With Distance | Collapsed, INVERLOCH proves they are one of the finest bands making extreme music today.
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