California-based psychedelic prog metal unit OWL is pleased to unveil their latest single, “Pyramid Builder.” Now playing at Heavy Blog Is Heavy, the track comes by way of the band’s third full-length, Geomancy, set for release February 17th via Lummox Records.
OWL’s ambitious Geomancy long player enhances baroque elements of guitar composition while maintaining a defiant, barbed-wire anti-sociality. Ten-minute sagas erupt from inspirations bestial as cougar maulings, odes to Earth’s continued viability rend consciousness in humanistic terms, and trenchant dual guitar leads echo Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Thin Lizzy, and King Crimson.
Elaborates drummer Clint Baechle on “Pyramid Builder,” “The music for ‘Pyramid Builder’ was a composition that [bassist] Jamie Sanitate had been kicking around for years. Jamie and I had tried to use it for our punk side project Cronander but it didn’t fit. When Jamie got on board as the new bass player for OWL, he came bearing gifts: the music for ‘Pyramid Builder.’ [Guitarist/vocalist] Alex [“A.K.” Baechle] then put lyrics to it, and as a band we adapted the arrangement to make it more “OWL-like.” Although it’s some of our only music that wasn’t written by the core songwriting team, the tune fit very well into our repertoire, and now occupies a prominent place on the new album, Geomancy.”
Adds Heavy Blog Is Heavy, “their tone is stoner metal but their composition is early Iron Maiden through and through, creating those ‘descending’ couplings between guitars, drums, and bass. Add in the vocals, both the deeper main ones and the high-pitched, screamed backing tracks, and you’ve got everything you need for an absolute banger.”
Stream OWL’s “Pyramid Builder” at Heavy Blog Is Heavy HERE.
Geomancy was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Justin Weis at Trackworx (Hammers Of Misfortune, Swamp Witch, Orthodox) and comes swathed in the cover art of Chris Corona.
Geomancy will be released on 2xLP and digital formats. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION where first single “Minion Of The Amethyst Cave” can be streamed.
OWL was forged in 2007 in the infernos of proto-metal, twin harmonies, and doom. By 2010, an album’s worth of minimal demo(nic) riffage and draconian indulgence surfaced in Jackson, California, propagated by brothers Axell Baechle (guitars, vocals, piano) and Alexander “A.K.” Baechle (guitars, vocals) and piqued the interest of industrious local artist, drummer, and yes, third brother, Clint Baechle. OWL played their first show at a barbecue in the proving ground of Oakland’s then house scene.
DIY funds materialized from hard work and dedication and their self-titled LP followed in November 2012, as principal songwriter A.K. sweated out the resins of literature, the Bush years, and job loss. OWL toured for more than two years before releasing the full-length road-bomber Screech on tape in 2014 and vinyl in 2015. Original bassist Melanie Burkett eventually fled the band amicably to pursue endeavors outside of music.
Enter Jamie Sanitate, the ultimate Iron Maiden fan. Sanitate’s athletic, NWOBHM-influenced bass playing buoyed OWL through a period of intermittent touring while the band grappled with new ideas. Finally in 2018, “Awaken The Mountain” was released as a single, highlighting the band’s heavy-prog interests and the Pompeii-inspired songwriting of guitar animal, Axell. A true prog metal epic and cautionary tale of dwelling too close to volatile geologic formations, the track offered up a small taste of what would follow with this year’s Geomancy.
Axell Baechle – guitars, vocals, piano
Alexander “A.K.” Baechle – guitars, vocals
Clint Baechle – drums, percussion
Jamie Sanitate – bass guitar
Danika Ingraham – backing vocals
Keenah Fassett – backing vocals
Laurie Sue Shanaman – backing vocals on “King”
Hailey Chase – backing vocals and percussion on “Shadow”
Xaina – backing vocals and percussion on “Shadow”