PINEWALKER: The Obelisk Premieres “Sentinel” By Salt Lake City Sludge Metal Quintet; Migration Debut Full-Length Nears September Release

[photos by Carly Page]

“Sentinel” is the new single from Salt Lake City, Utah-based PINEWALKER, and the quintet’s impending debut album, Migration. The record boasts a cathartic concept, an homage to loved ones lost to cancer, delivered through a crushing display of thundering, groove-heavy doom/sludge metal. The new song has been released through an exclusive premiere through The Obelisk.

With forty-four minutes of music spanning seven expansive tracks, Migration was recorded, mixed and mastered by Andy Patterson at his The Boars Nest in Salt Lake City (Subrosa, Gaza, Theories), and completed with artwork by Charles Bogus and design by Ashley Fairbourne. Fans of Crowbar, Down, Grief, Deadbird, and Godhunter should undoubtedly check out PINEWALKER.

The members of PINEWALKER offer of the new song, “‘Sentinel’ was a tricky beast for us at first. We had a lot of ideas that we wanted to play around with, and it took a lot of our attention during the writing process, but we are super happy with how it turned out. Thematically, this is the starting point of the record. This is where we are introduced to the character that we follow through the rest of the music. To us, the song tries to capture the fear of the unknown with a power that emanates anger. We like old monster movies a lot and thought about their cinematography and design while coming up with this song as kind of our main theme for our monster.”

The Obelisk writes in part with the intense review joining the “Sentinel” premiere, “They play heavy, they play metal, and sure enough, it works. And whether they’re bludgeoning their way through ‘Burning Earth’ or hinting at a more progressive future in the tense buildup in the early going of ‘Maelstrom,’ the simple fact that they’re able to execute their ideas with such clearheaded certainty is emblematic of the achievement they’re making as they emerge from their mountainous bailiwick… PINEWALKER leave one with a resounding sense of hope for what might come as well as a black eye from what has already manifested in these tracks. Go on tour, gentlemen. Go on tour and don’t look back.”

Stream PINEWALKER’s “Sentinel” only at The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.


PINEWALKER will self-release Migration on digital formats on September 6th with a CD version to follow. Watch for additional audio premieres to post in the days ahead.

PINEWALKER will celebrate the unveiling of Migration with a hometown show a week after the album’s official release. Additional regional performances will be announced sporadically throughout the remainder of the year.

9/13/2019 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT *Migration release show

The five members of PINEWALKER all met and began playing together in high school and have grown tighter as a group ever since. Now in their fifth year since inception, the band has solidified and honed their own approach to performing the music they love. The band has shared the stage with local Utah heavyweights The Ditch And The Delta, Oxcross, and Making Fuck, as well as touring bands coming through the area including Serial Hawk, The Oxford Coma, Wizzerd, and many more.

PINEWALKER‘s Migration is a monstrous display of poignant and driven but dark and tumultuous metal. From dredging through the depths of depressive valleys to soaring from the highest peaks, the band’s range of emotions on Migration are felt through every riff and rhythm of the album. With three of the five members supplying vocals to the mix, a range of styles and deliveries of the album’s concept tell tales of sorrow and mourning for our loved ones who have been taken away by the grips of cancer, as well as an hope and empowerment for those in distraught times.