OLD IRON: No Echo Premieres Sludge Outfit’s Rendition Of “Chain Of Command” From Monuments To Arson – A Tribute To His Hero Is Gone Compilation, Set For Release September 30th Via Satanik Royalty Records

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Washington sludge outfit OLD IRON today unveils their rendition of “Chain Of Command.” Now playing at No Echo, the track comes off the Monuments To Arson – A Tribute To His Hero Is Gone compilation, set for release via Satanik Royalty Records.

A compilation honoring Memphis, Tennessee quintessential cult neo-crust act His Hero Is Gone, the collection features Old Iron alongside Many Blessings, deathCAVE, Open Veins, Isenordal, Heiress, Nightmare Fuel, Githyanki, HEEL, Blast Cells, Impulse Noise, Nuclear Dudes, Wretched Fuck, and Plaguestate.

Comments OLD IRON of their contribution, “We felt ‘Chain Of Command’ was a good choice for the record as it’s as relevant today as it was when it came out in ‘97. Most people have had the experience of working for a company/people that don’t really care about the welfare of those they employ. The question remains, how long will we swallow?”

Adds No Echo, “their psych-sludge spin on it is pure chef’s kiss…”

Stream OLD IRON’s cover of “Chain Of Command” at THIS LOCATION.

Monuments To Arson – A Tribute To His Hero Is Gone will be released digitally on September 30th. Find preorders through Bandcamp HERE where Heiress’ version of “Like Weeds” can be streamed. The vinyl edition — limited to 700 copies in Black, Clear with Black Smoke, and Black and White variants – will be released March 25th, 2023. Find preorders at the Satanik Royalty Records shop HERE.

All digital and vinyl proceeds (minus shipping costs) from the Monuments To Arson… collection will be donated to the Fairbanks Native Association, an indigenous organization that assists with drug and alcohol dependency, mental wellness, and more. The compilation marks the first of many the label plans to release for charity.

Monuments To Arson – A Tribute To His Hero Is Gone Track Listing:
Many Blessings – Paranoia Secured
deathCAVE – Leash
Open Veins – Headcount
Isenordal – Headless/Heartless
Heiress – Like Weeds
Nightmare Fuel – Surrender
Old Iron – Chain Of Command
Githyanki – Raise the Curtain
HEEL – Friendly Fire
Blast Cells – Epidemic
Impulse Noise – …And We Burn
Nuclear Dudes – Concrete Cage – Abandoned
Wretched Fuck – Carry On
Plaguestate – What Goes Up

Forged in 1995, His Hero Is Gone was short-lived but left an impact on heavy music that resonates to this day. The band’s landmark sound is at once crushing, brutal, and marked by intense dual growling vocals. In their brief existence, the band released Fifteen Counts Of Arson (1996), Monuments To Thieves (1997), and The Plot Sickens (1998) as well as a handful of seven-inches that influenced scores of hardcore and grind bands. His Hero Is Gone took an intensely anti-corporate, anti-consumerist stance, and their lyrics often dealt with radical political ideals. They disbanded in 1999, with the various members forming several new acts, most notably the similarly pummeling Tragedy.