Portland, Oregon doom-gazers MEGATON LEVIATHAN, who completed a successful run of tour dates with cerebral black metal behemoths Wolves In The Throne Room this summer, are set to begin work on their as-yet-untitled new full-length. The record, which includes a “smacked-out version of Judas Priest’s ‘Here Come The Tears,'” according to the band, will be unleashed during the latter half of 2012.
Further comments vocalist/guitarist Andrew Costa on the direction of the new material: “The new tunes are dark but still retain the trademark MEGATON LEVIATHAN hooks and dreamy atmosphere fans have come to expect from us. It’s a transmutation of a lot of my personal experiences in Alaska as well as our recent trials and tribulations as a young band. It will be delivered in a way most everyone can identify with.”
The band is also working on a split release with LA noise band Actuary. Further details to be unveiled soon. In addition, the eclectic ensemble will kick off the new year with a short string of West Coast headlining dates.
MEGATON LEVIATHAN 2012 Winter Tour:
1/13/2012 TBA – Portland, OR w/ Winter In The Blood
1/19/2012 The Highline – Seattle, WA w/ He Whose Ox Is Gored
1/21/2012 TBA – Tacoma, WA TBA w/ Ear/2012 Control, He Whose Ox Is Gored
1/25/2012 TBA – Arcata, WA TBA w/ White Manna
1/26/2012 Eli’s – Oakland, CA Eli’s w/ Hazzards Cure
1/27/2012 The Tower Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Bridgejumper
1/28/2012 Yayo Taco – Las Vegas, NV w/ Demon Lung
1/29/2012 Mountain Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ Actuary, Suffering Luna, Children Of God
1/30/2012 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
Earlier this year, MEGATON LEVIATHAN reissued their 2009 demo on limited-edition vinyl through their own Volatile Rock Records. Limited to 500 copies, the 35-minute production takes listeners on a cerebral journey that transcends far beyond the traditional confines of heavy music .
“Bearing down upon the listener with all the post-punk attitude of a metalled-up Magazine or Joy Div, MEGATON LEVIATHAN’s power relies entirely on the impenetrable mesh that its musicians create; vocals being subsumed into the general stew of sound, and the rhythm section shuddering and jolting like a narrow gauge railway engine whenever left exposed.” — Julian Cope
“…MEGATON LEVIATHAN deliver a stunning set of post-doom rock, combining massive droney soundscapes with hugely powerful downer riffs. Adding to the sonic meltdown are ghostly echoed vocals, synths and other instrumental touches.” — Vincibus Eruptum
“If dissonance, reverb drenched vocal, soundscapes of feedback drenched seclusion and guitar riffs that could soundtrack the progress of a brontosaurus in search of food, make you prick up your ears, then Megaton Leviathan are a welcome addition to your collection.” — Alternative Matter
“…for fans of all things dark and heavy and dreamy and melodic, droney and drifty and pretty and poppy and trance-inducing…” — Aquarius Records
“every song on this EP is a sunset and sunrise of melodic euphoria.” — Cvlt Nation
“…five songs of slow-ish spaced-out heavy psych. There’s a great get-lost-in-it meander to much of it, but ML aren’t just mindlessly jamming on a doomy riff: these songs have somewhere to go, they just don’t mind taking their time getting there.” — The Bone Reader