NEQUIENT: New Noise Magazine Premieres “Minotaur” As Chicago Hardcore/Grind Act Prepares To Release Darker Than Death Or Night LP Via Nefarious Industries Next Week; March Tour Updated

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New Noise Magazine is hosting the exclusive stream of “Minotaur” from Chicago hardcore/grind quartet NEQUIENT. The song sees release ahead of their second album on which it can be found, Darker Than Death Or Night, out next week through Nefarious Industries.

NEQUIENT further expands their diverse palette on Darker Than Death Or Night without sacrificing their honed focus or capacity for vicious sensory assault. This is a singular breed of heavy music: tightly controlled yet satisfyingly grimy, attuned to the anxieties of an uneasy era and unconcerned about fitting into the preconceived boundaries of subgenre.

Mixed by Sanford Parker (Voivod, Yob, Eyehategod) and mastered by Collin Jordan (Harm’s Way, Windhand, Pelican), Darker Than Death Or Night features artwork and design by Scott Shellhamer (American Heritage, Buried At Sea, Coffinworm) as well as guest vocals from Eddie Gobbo of Something Is Waiting.

Vocalist Jason Kolkey writes with the “Minotaur” premiere, “This is a track that encompasses a lot of who we are as a band and the overall direction of this album. We build on a foundation of thrashy d-beat that’s always threatening to veer into total chaos but holds together thanks to the tight interplay between the drums and guitars. Then, midway through, we take a turn into a sludgy nightmare of crushing riffs and suffocating atmospherics. The lyrics touch on some of the major themes that run throughout the record, confronting the ways that the current landscapes of politics and media unleash the worst in people. Too many are largely motivated by prejudice, incapable of even perceiving the complex systems that fuel their ill-defined grievances, and yet utterly convinced of their own righteousness.”

Stream NEQUIENT’s “Minotaur” first at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Darker Than Death Or Night will see release next Friday, March 11th on vinyl – 250 copies on Black and Neon Green Galaxy, 150 on Orange Crush with Neon Green Splatter, and 100 on Black inside Deep Purple exclusive to the band and Nefarious Industries Subscription Club members – as well as 100 copies on Fluorescent Orange cassette, and through all digital services.

Find digital/physical preorders at the Nefarious Industries landing page where “First Casualty” and the “Death Bridge” animated video are playing HERE.

NEQUIENT will also embark on a two-week US tour surrounding the album’s release, the chaos launching out of Milwaukee on March 10th, winding its way to the Northeast and back, ending in Cincinnati on March 27th. Along the way they’ll share the stage with Feral Light, Sarah Longfield, Plague Years, Somnuri, Juan Bond, Fed Ash, Pillars, and many others. See current live dates below and watch for additional updates to post.

3/10/2022 High Dive – Milwaukee, WI w/ Curbsitter, Emissary [info]
3/12/2022 NorthStar Bar & Grill – St. Paul, MN w/ Feral Light, Witchden [info]
3/13/2022 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI w/ Sarah Longfield, The Central, Bashford [info]
3/18/2022 Black Circle – Indianapolis, IN w/ L.I.B., Chaff, Indomitable [info]
3/19/2022 Meteor Majeure – Murfreesboro, TN w/ Moru, Torsion, Scorched Vatika [info]
3/20/2022 Boggs Social & Supply – Atlanta, GA w/ Plague Years, Somnuri, Hubris Cannon [info]
3/21/2022 TBA
3/22/2022 Planet Nova Bar and Grill – Fredericksburg, VA w/ Undesiccated, Betty Grey [info]
3/23/2022 Century – Philadelphia, PA
3/24/2022 Gutter Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Juan Bond, Astrometer, Sploot
3/25/2022 Chaos Compound – Rochester, NY w/ Fed Ash, Holy Grinder, Hallucination Realized, Zero Again
3/26/2022 Annabell’s Bar & Lounge – Akron, OH w/ Pillärs, Wallcreeper, Brain Cave [info]
3/27/2022 MOTR Pub – Cincinnati, OH w/ Louise, Tina Fey [info]