RASPBERRY BULBS: New York Blackened Punk Trio Confirms East Coast Shows; Before The Age Of Mirrors Full-Length Out Now On Relapse Records

“Marco del Rio’s songs are full of riffs that become more nauseating the longer you listen. It all sounds wrong, in the most menacing possible way.” — Pitchfork

New York’s RASPBERRY BULBS – featuring members of Bone Awl and Rorschach – has confirmed a short run of East Coast live dates this Spring! The journey runs from April 28th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and runs through May 3rd in Boston, Massachusetts. Support will be provided by Carnivorous Bells and Russian Tsarlag on select shows. See all confirmed dates below.

4/28/2020 Ortlieb’s – Philadelphia, PA *
4/29/2020 TBA
4/30/2020 Asbury Park Brewery – Asbury Park, NJ *+
5/01/2020 TV Eye – Ridgewood, NY *+
5/02/2020 AS220 – Providenc, RI *+
5/03/2020 O’Brien’s -Boston, MA *
* w/ Carnivorous Bells
+ w/ Russian Tsarlag

RASPBERRY BULBS unleashed their Before The Age Of Mirrors full-length upon the masses last week via Relapse Records. The band emphasizes the volatile, confrontational attitudes of punk with the discordant sounds of lo-fi black metal and inspirational fever dreams found only in weird fiction. In the band’s own words, “Equal parts paranoia, anger, and insane humor to satisfy the most cynical minds, Before The Age Of Mirrors was crafted for the times where we desperately look for a way forward and we seem, at this dazzling stage, almost prepared to step through the mirror.”

View RASPBERRY BULBSpreviously released video for “Midnight Line” below.

Before The Age Of Mirrors is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Cassette edition covers are handmade, stamped, and signed by M. Del Rio. Physical packages are available for via Relapse.com HERE. Digital downloads and all streaming services are available HERE.

RASPBERRY BULBS is an occult underground band that uses the Lovecraftian lineage of weird fiction as a tightrope to string together the posts staked into Rudimentary Peni, Yhe Fall, Bone Awl, Morbid Angel, Metallica, and too many black metal bands to mention because it’s the easiest way to connect these seemingly disparate touchstones.

Forever defying the conventions of underground music, RASPBERRY BULBS continues to push the envelope via their subversive take on occult punk and black metal. Through maniacal lyricism, raw guitar snarls channeled through gritty, four-track recordings, and a wall of distortion, RASPBERRY BULBS suffocates the listener every step of the way.

RASPBERRY BULBS began as the solo project of M. Del Rio in 2009 but expanded two years later into a full lineup that included Nick Forte (of the East Coast legends, Rorschach) and Jim Ning Nong. This incarnation of RASPBERRY BULBS released two albums on the Blackest Ever Black label and toured the East Coast several times in 2013 with such underground acts as Salvation and Alberich. Now after six years of silence, the band emerges again with a new LP utilizing the same raw four-track recording style and homemade production known from all their previous recordings.

RASPBERRY BULBSBefore The Age Of Mirrors is an album crafted especially for these times where we desperately look for a way forward and we seem, at this dazzling stage, almost prepared to step through the mirror.

“Delivering a lo-fi brand of blackened occult punk rife with Lovecraftian themes and delivered through a gritty, maniacal snarl, RASPBERRY BULBS are unique in the modern underground.” – Revolver

“…gutter sniping, lo-fi punk of a desperately unbalanced and astringent order… overall, an uneasy battery propels a phalanx of down-picked power chords that are delivered with cold stiffness and topped off with del Rio’s distortion glazed, monochromatic hollering. – Metal Injection

“…a band from two worlds, bridging no-frills bonehead hardcore with the smoke and mirrors of metal’s most ghoulish.” – Treble

“…a dementia exposed within a most bristling moment of clarity, sight and throat no longer occluded and yet still in service to a dark reality…. For the initiated and sprawling metalpunk mind, this one deserves a very high recommendation.” – Grizzly Butts

“Dark and bleak… the misshapen love child of The Ramones, The Misfits, Danzig, and Mayhem. Enter at your own risk. — VM Underground

“…one of the most interesting and exciting bands of the past decade…” – Cvlt Nation