“The Star” — the prime track leading off the SECRETS OF THE SKY-owned B-side of the GH/0ST:S LP, the band’s impending split album with GODHUNTER — is now playing through an exclusive premiere at MetalSucks.
Featuring the newest recordings from the Oakland, California-based cinematic doom metal outfit since their acclaimed 2013-releaed debut full-length, To Sail Black Waters, the SECRETS OF THE SKY-owned B-side of the LP, leads off with “The Star.” The nearly seven-minute opus picking up directly where the album left off boasts the band’s gargantuan doom metal riffage and spacious, otherworldly atmospheres, slickly delivered with impeccably tunderous production, the result of the band’s return to Trident Studios with engineer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation), who recorded both of the band’s works. MetalSucks, who issued massive praise of To Sail Black Waters, including multiple best-of 2013 lists, is now hosting an exclusive stream of the massive track, stating, “GODHUNTER and SECRETS OF THE SKY are very different bands, but they provide the perfect foil for one another, the yin and yang, GODHUNTER‘s stoney, sludged out riffs balanced out by SECRETS OF THE SKY‘s delicate splendor,” and confirming that “The Star” is, “as fantastic as anything the band’s ever done.”
Listen to SECRETS OF THE SKY’s “The Star” via MetalSucks at THIS LOCATION.
Also hear GODHUNTER’s LP opening “Pursuit/Predator” via Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.
GH/0ST:S brings nearly thirty-five minutes of new material into existence, with GODHUNTER‘s side recorded and mixed by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios, and SECRETS OF THE SKY‘s recorded and mixed by Juan Urteagaat Trident Studios, and the full release mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. The album showcases some of the most expansive new material from both bands, with both acts’ contributing a massive lead track as well as an extensive ethereal/experimental track bearing the GH/0ST:S theme. Following its limited edition cassette release for their Southwestern tour together this Spring, GH/0ST:S will see a deluxe LP release through a joint effort between GODHUNTER‘s Battleground Records and Earsplit’s THE COMPOUND RECS on September 9th, pressed on black/white swirl 180-gram wax in a run of 300 copies including a digital download. Preorders for GH/0ST:S are live via The Comound/Earsplit Distro HERE.
Both SECRETS OF THE SKY and GODHUNTER are confirmed to perform at LuciFest II in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as Southwest Terror Fest III this October. The two-day second installment of LuciFest, consuming October 3rd and 4th and featuring bands from Utah, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, will see both acts performing the second night with Demon Lung, xDoperunnerx, Reproacher, Hummingbird of Death, Sorxe and more. Two weeks later, they hit the crushing Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, the fest co-created by members of GODHUNTER and other local acts and set to engulf Tucson for four days, from Thursday, October 16th through Sunday the 19th. Here, SECRETS OF THE SKY will share the stage with Primitive Man, North and Windmill of Corpses, and GODHUNTER will support Goatsnake, Pelican and Eagle Twin. Neurosis, Sunn O))), -16-, The Atlas Moth, Baptists, Obliterations and tons more will also perform at the four-day, two-venue gathering.
Following SWTF III, SECRETS OF THE SKY will return to Trident Studios this to record their sophomore LP to be completed for release in early 2015. Stay tuned.
SECRETS OF THE SKY Live:
10/04/2014 LuciFest – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Godhunter, Demon Lung, Reproacher, Sorxe [info]
10/18/2014 The District Tavern – Tucson, AZ @ SWTF III w/ Primitive Man, North, Windmill Of Corpses [info]
8/24/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ w/ Corrosion Of Conformity, Bl’ast, Brank Bjork Lord Dying
10/17/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ SWTF III w/ Goatsnake, Pelican, Eagle Twin [info]