SLOW BURNING RAGE: Metal Injection Premieres “Dark Thunder…” Featuring Guests From Inter Arma, Avail, Municipal Waste, Windhand, And More; Album From Bleach Everything/Iron Reagan Drummer Nears Release Via Pax Aeternum

photo by Veronika Reinert

Metal Injection is hosting the exclusive premiere of “Dark Thunder…”, the new single from Bleach Everything/Iron Reagan drummer Ryan Parrish and his solo endeavor, SLOW BURNING RAGE. The track is found on the project’s notable-guest-drenched eponymous debut album, nearing release via Pax Aeternum.

With the birth of SLOW BURNING RAGE, Parrish – here a multi-instrumentalist – is adamant that this not be considered a solo album, and with the list of contributors being what it is, one can see why. But through an expansive and eclectic set of influences and collaborators it stands as a testament to both his curatorial abilities and his unique ear for sonic world-building. As a concise statement of purpose that still manages to contain multitudes the album acts as a reminder to listeners that, in a world full of uninspired genre-molded imitators, the possibility for new and captivating approaches to sound still exists.

SLOW BURNING RAGE’s debut features Ryan Parrish playing drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, and electronics on all tracks in addition to providing arrangements and percussion. Sean Cassidy’s saxophone playing graces opener “Agonal Gasp.” Parrish’s former Darkest Hour bandmate Paul Burnette contributes organ, bass, and percussion to “The Slow Burn Of Madmartigan.” Chris Barron, Graham Scala, and Jonathon Moore add guitar textures to “A.L.A.S.” and “Scaphism (Two Boats).” A percussion ensemble consisting of Robley Ball, TJ Childress, Alex Copeland, Bram Crowe-Getty, Richard Gibson, Jason Hodges, Erik Josephson, Erik Larson, Jon Rice, Johnny Ward, Brandon Whittaker, Dave Witte, Ryan Wolfe underpins “Dark Thunder…” while closer “…Crystal Nebula” features harp by Marie Gist. The album was recorded by Ricky Olsen at the Ward with additional tracking by Tommy Gunn at Hammerhand and by Ryan Parrish at Roach Floor, mixed by Jeff Kane and Ryan Parrish at Roach Floor, mastered by Marshall Wieczorek at MP Productions, and completed with photography by Veronika Reinert, art by Matt Boyle, and design by Graham Scala.

“Living in a city where amazing drummers litter the streets, it was only natural to summon them to the studio to lay something down,” Parrish delves. “Fourteen maniacs showed up with floor toms, each with their own unique style and personality. I didn’t want to direct anyone on what to play so after showing them my initial idea the rest was open to their interpretation, and in the end, we created exactly what you hear; ‘Dark Thunder…’”

Metal Injection writes how SLOW BURNING RAGE, “seeks to explore everything from drone and metal to free jazz and percussion-heavy madness,” continuing, “We’re premiering the project’s new single ‘Dark Thunder,’ whose runtime leans very heavily into the ‘percussion-heavy madness’ aspect of the project.”

Stream SLOW BURNING RAGE’s “Dark Thunder…” first via Metal Injection now at THIS LOCATION.

Pax Aeternum will release Slow Burning Rage through all digital providers on December 17th. Find preorders where “The Slow Burn Of Madmartigan” is streaming HERE and watch for updates to post over the weeks ahead.

While Ryan Parrish might be best known through his drumming for heavier artists like Bleach Everything, City Of Caterpillar, Suppression, Mammoth Grinder, Iron Reagan, and Darkest Hour or to a lesser extent through his gentler, more experimental work with Years and Harmonic Cross, his first release as SLOW BURNING RAGE manages to draw on both the visceral and cerebral halves of his output, fusing them in unpredictable configurations that produce something far greater than the sum of its respective parts.

A quick listen to SLOW BURNING RAGE’s eponymous debut might produce a few vague points of reference – Painkiller’s tormented free jazz sludge, This Heat’s uneasy post-punk, the brutal prog of Ruins or Guapo, the shredded ambience of early Tim Hecker – but the album taken as a totality becomes an immersive experience full of sharp twists and turns, never resting on one approach or aesthetic for long. From the harsh eruption of free jazz sax on the opener “Agonal Gasp,” to the rumbling madness of “Dark Thunder…” (provided by a drum orchestra that includes members of Inter Arma, Municipal Waste, Windhand, Avail, and Suppression amongst about a dozen other percussionists), to the radiant drone of “Transience,” to the placid harp-driven atmospheres of closer “…Crystal Nebula,” no tidy summation of this album could possibly capture the unbridled creativity contained therein.