Philadelphia, Pennsylvania instrumental doom metal trio SEISMIC presents the first single from their impending eponymous debut EP, nearing release this Fall. The new song, “Haunter Of The Dark,” makes its public entrance through a premiere hosted by The Sleeping Shaman.
Formed by former members of Eaten Alive, Combat Crisis, and other bands from across Philly’s vast underground heavy music scene, SEISMIC arrives with monolithic force on their maiden recording, channeling the ominous and existential horrors of our time and forging them into a lumbering, dynamic landscape of slow-motion sludge/doom metal without vocals or lyrics guiding the way. Immersive, heady, and thunderous, the three tracks on Seismic consume nearly twenty-six minutes, calling to mind the works of Ufomammut, Sleep, Bongripper, and Electric Wizard.
Seismic was recorded and mixed by Ben Feldman at Coffee Haüs Studios in Freehold, New Jersey, mastered by William Sullivan at The Wreckin’ Joint, and completed with artwork created by the band’s Ken Miller, a.k.a. Violent Visual.
Writes drummer Mike Lang with the new single, “‘Haunter Of The Dark’ is a lumbering menace that emerged from our earliest practices. Starting with an odd rhythm, it alternates every measure between a slow 4/4 and a chugging 5/16 time signature. We wanted a groove that was introduced on drums and then driven by the bass, that was slow and spacious to set a mood, leaving air to breathe, but was also constantly crawling forward. The resulting momentum is akin to a hulking behemoth ominously stalking its prey across a barren landscape. The evolving kick drum pattern follows the victim’s quickening pulse as they frantically search for escape, and the guitar harmony echoes hopeless cries in the night. After building to its conclusion, the bottom drops out and the pace is sent charging hard towards a valiant but fatal end.”
The Sleeping Shaman writes, “SEISMIC by name, SEISMIC by fucking nature that’s for sure as this Philadelphia instrumental doom sludge trio will be a new name to some, but take note as they lay down some serious heavy riffs rooted with cavernous drums that would crumble Mount Everest. Think a screamless Somewhere Between The Train Station…-era Cavity and the long, but not forgotten Ocean, but with added psych and groove, you’ll be on the right track.”
Stream SEISMIC’s thundering “Haunter Of The Dark” now through The Sleeping Shaman RIGHT HERE.
Seismic will see independent release on CD and digitally on November 13th, with a vinyl version to follow during the Winter months. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE.
Watch for an official video, physical preorders, and more to be issued over the weeks ahead.
Having shared the stage with bands like Un, Wormwitch, and Bask in late 2019, SEISMIC was planning to play heavily in support of their debut. While halted due to the ongoing COVID-19, struggling with the loss of live music as an outlet and release, the band will maintain their focus of their creative energies on pushing the band’s vision forward however they can in the meantime.