With its official reissue now just days away, today Vice Magazine levies the heavy with a stream of “I Am Dying” from legendary Massachusetts doom weavers, WARHORSE.
The gargantuan psalm comes by way of the band’s final EP of the same name, initially unleashed in 2002 and now available as a companion to the band’s As Heaven Turns To Ash… full-length, both given the reissue treatment by Southern Lord Recordings. Long out-of-print, fervently sought after, and unconditionally vital in foreshadowing the glut of current bands that indulge in slow, self-possessed, infernal low-end sound excursions, WARHORSE‘s As Heaven Turns To Ash and their subsequent I Am Dying EP still reeks of brimstone, bong smoke, and burning tube amp nearly fifteen years since their respective releases! Both slabs of doom domination will be combined and reanimated on double LP and digital formats courtesy of the Lord.
In commemoration of its release, Vice kicks off your weekend with the sonic enormity of “I Am Dying” noting, “Doom is a careful and meticulous art, and WARHORSE did it right. They blended Sabbath-era blues riffs with obliterating vocals and enough dark walls of sound to transcend all of the usual run-of-the-mill stoner metal. It’s a heavy dose of sludge… While bands like Sleep and Electric Wizard encouraged us to ‘drop out of life with bong in hand’ or mount the dopethrone, WARHORSE conjures a genuine sense of exuberant doom and despair.”
Raise your doom claw to the sounds of “I Am Dying,” now playing at THIS LOCATION.
You can also shake the pavement with “Doom’s Bride,” still weighing down the airwaves of Noisey at THIS LOCATION.
Forged in 1996 and lasting the best part of a decade, the output of WARHORSE wallows deep down, grooving at the kind of frequency usually associated with imminent natural disaster. But in addition to their intricate delivery, WARHORSE exuded an experimental, subtle psychedelic swagger which gave rise to gritty and memorable riffs, and saw them sharing stages with the likes of such amplification legends as Electric Wizard, Khanate, Acid King, High On Fire and Unearthly Trance.
As Heaven Turns To Ash… + I Am Dying will be released on double LP via Southern Lord Recordings on February 24th, 2015. A limited run of 500 copies on gold vinyl are available exclusively to mailorder customers. For preorder bundles go to THIS LOCATION. For digital orders go HERE.
“With their one LP, WARHORSE managed to create a stellar stoner doom release, and one that any fan of heavy music should experience.” – Sputnik Music
“But if you like your doom agonizingly slow and bitter, without a trace of hope left in the universe, then As Heavens Turn To Ash… is your apocalyptic nightmare come true.” – The Metal Observer
“The most outstanding accomplishment on the record, however, has to be the band’s ability to travel from quiet introspective parts to crushing heaviness and back within a single song. They manage to shift dynamics with such ease that it is a real delight to participate in the journey.” – Teeth Of The Divine