As Battleground Records prepares to release the Hives In Decline debut LP by Salt Lake City-based investigative sludge/math metal trio THE DITCH AND THE DELTA, The Sludgelord has issued the new track “Fuck On Asphalt,” which features guest contributions from Gentry Densley of Eagle Twin and Iceburn.
Engineered by Andy Patterson of Subrosa, Hives In Decline shows THE DITCH AND THE DELTA exploring further aspects of sound design within their unique take on doom/sludge metal. Employing different tunings, and modal centers, every song the band writes manages to avoid many of the usual doom trappings of excessive feedback, static harmony, and pentatonic riffs. Hives In Decline also features a swarm of solos by Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin, Iceburn) on the song “Fuck On Asphalt.” The lyrical content deals with everyday life and the constant suppression and alienation that comes with it. Three men from Mormon-dominated Utah are bound to have a lot of resentment and disdain for the mono culture they exist in daily.
The Sludgelord has issued Hives In Decline‘s “Fuck On Asphalt” alongside a feature highlighting some of the band’s musical influences, noting of the album, “THE DITCH AND THE DELTA will undoubtedly be a new name on the lips of many, but with the imminent release of debut album Hives In Decline that is set to change. Armed with their own unique brand of sludgy/noise/doom and love of the ‘Big Riff’, THE DITCH AND THE DELTA implement different tunings, and modal centers, which in turn has enabled them to avoid many of the usual doom trappings of excessive feedback, static harmony, and pentatonic riffs and in doing so they have created one of the finest debuts I have heard for many years.”
Stream THE DITCH AND THE DELTA’s “Fuck On Asphalt” at THIS LOCATION.
Also hear “Dread Spectacle” from Hives In Decline at Decibel RIGHT HERE.
Battleground Records will issue THE DITCH AND THE DELTA‘s Hives In Decline on vinyl and digital formats on May 12th; preorders for the LP are available HERE.
Following their March US tour, THE DITCH AND THE DELTA is actively booking new tour dates in support of the album, including a hometown record release show on May 12th. That is followed by a run of West Coast shows in Sacramento, Eugene, Seattle, Portland, and Boise from May 16th through 20th, supporting Pinkish Black in Portland. A hometown show with Graves At Sea closes May. June sees them playing 71 Grind Fest in Colorado Springs and more, and a full US tour is being booked for August.
THE DITCH AND THE DELTA Tour Dates:
5/12/2017 Beehive Social Club – Salt Lake City, UT *Hives In Decline release show
5/16/2017 Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA
5/17/2017 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
5/18/2017 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA
5/19/2017 High Water Mark – Portland, OR w/ Pinkish Black
5/20/2017 Caldwell House – Boise, ID
5/31/2017 Club X – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Graves At Sea
6/01/2017 Horseshoe Tattoo – Vernal, UT
6/02/2017 71 Grind Fest – Colorado Springs, CO