Friday, 8 January 2016

New Song: Agoraphobic Nosebleed - 'Deathbed'

Supersonic Pig-Destroyer trapped in the matrix, glitching and writhing in a tortured bionical state; a modulated robotic dystopia, brain in a vat type stuff, floating in a jelly-heavy fluid as men in lab coats and laughing men in suits and shades feed wires under fingernails and beneath eyelids. Chaos induced artificially:  Agoraphobic Nosebleed - spearheaded by guitarist and drum programmer Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer fame - are an inhuman species.

This new song, 'Deathbed', from their upcoming album Arc (Scheduled for release on the 22nd of January) is less sonic and electronically pounding, relying on a more gritty, dirty, human vulnerability. It's still monstrous and cloying -with elements of a futuristic cyber-grind torture always threatening to break through - but with a more guitar-led focus: slow doomy riffs make way for groovy stoner riffs that maintains an oppressive nihilistic edge like that of doom titans Electric Wizard. Vocals are more prominent; in place of a chaotic and mathy dissonance is a more raspy, straight-forward aggression that reminds me of the haunting vocals of Indian and Lord Mantis. 

Judging by the artwork, this album is giving me a post-nuclear disaster feel where civilisation has been grinded down and stripped bare. Within this context this change in style makes sense. 

It's interesting to see how the album plays out; I'm quite excited by their more conventional leanings but I hope they maintain that unconventional grind vibe that attracted me to them in the first place. Metal Sucks is exclusively (woah exclusive!) the new song:

Agoraphobic Nosebleed also released another track a few weeks back, a seven-minute sledgehammer of a song: 'Not a Daughter'. It's a nuclear warhead heavy bluesy-doom track that would slot nicely into early an 90's Melvin's album. You can listen to it below.

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