In celebration of its North American release now less than one week away, today the enablers at Decibel Magazine offer up a full stream of Life Drawing from Portland sludgesmiths, STONEBURNER.
Recorded, mixed and produced by Fester at Haywire Studios and mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering -- both in Portland - and featuring a glut of talented guest vocalists including Krysta Martinez (Transient, Landmine Marathon), Benjamin Caragol (Burials, Hang the Old Year) and Joshua Greene (Bastard Feast, Ephemeros), Life Drawing is a sonic tidal wave of sickness, disease, and soul-consuming dread, its nine distortion-laden odes at once loud, ugly and physically and psychologically crippling.
Comments the band, "In the time that we've spent creating this monster we've gotten very high, and fallen very low. We've spent days blinded by love and light, and more than a few nights wandering in the dark, raging at the stars. Over the last couple of years we've forged friendships, made enemies, hated our jobs, had loved ones die, seen each other through loss, and laughed at our failures. If you take the time to listen you'll hear it all in there somewhere; as raw, ugly, and honest as we know how to be. And fuck it all anyways. This works better than therapy."
Bask in the sounds of emotional degeneration, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
STONEBURNER's musical ancestry winds through Buried At Sea, Buried Blood, Heathen Shrine and others. Named after a subterranean weapon from the novel Dune, the band delivers a wholly organic orchestration of captivating, crustified doom metal, their torrid hymns bathed in internal agony, anguish and despair. To define STONEBURNER, one need only look to the list of bands with whom they've shared the stage: Yob, Sleep, Eyehategod, Neurosis, Buzzov-en, Weedeater, Saint Vitus, Watain, Tragedy, Noothgrush, Graves At Sea, Lord Dying, Drop Dead, Whitehorse, Windhand, Bastard Noise...
Life Drawing will be unveiled in North America via Neurot Recordings on April 15th, 2014 (April 14th in the UK/EU).
"...a bottom-heavy, cracked, ground-crawling rager dipped in mire and slime." - The Portland Mercury
"STONEBURNER patiently weave through three chapters and sixty-four minutes of progressive dooming sludge metal without ever repeating themselves or scratching an itch so much that it bleeds." - HeavyPlanet
"Churning elements of sludge, doom and crust in a charred and emotionally charged study of turmoil, fearless self-examination and a determined drive to wring some genuine human essence from the modern-day vale of tears, Life Drawing is a daunting yet ultimately exhilarating album for anyone who believes that music should be as challenging and potentially transformative as life itself." - Metal Hammer