[photo by JJ Koczan]
In celebration of its official release, today Decibel Magazine hurls forth Drone Maintenance, the cathartic new long player from one-man progressive drone project, BLACKWOLFGOAT, in its entirety!
Conjured by guitarist Darryl Shepard (Black Pyramid, The Scimitar, Hackman, Milligram, Roadsaw), who specializes in looped guitar movements, building and layering upon each other to create compositions of dense distortion and delicate lines, psychedelic guitar freak-outs as well as purely ambient pieces, Drone Maintenance is a psychological voyage through space and time.
Engineered and mixed by Glenn Smith (Tired Old Bones, Ehnahre, Ichabod et al) at his Amps vs. Ohms studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the ten-track Drone Maintenance is a quasi-concept album that sends Shepard into the future as a drone repairman, fixing and servicing rogue drones. Elaborates Shepard, "On Drone Maintenance humans maintain drones which could turn on them at any moment. The soundtrack to this trip is a mixture of drone, Krautrock, doom, fusion and psych. Needless to say, it does not end well for our protagonist."
Adds Decibel Magazine, "A mesmerizing mix of psychedelia, drone, and general experimentalism,Drone Maintenance takes the listener on a journey, its deliberate repetition bringing about an almost hypnotic state similar to Six Organs of Admittance or Ash Ra Tempel. Unlike most drone, things actually happen in these songs!"
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Drone Maintenance is out TODAY via Small Stone Recordings. Order your copy at THIS LOCATION.
"Drone Maintenance invites us into an alternate, futuristic dimension, where we see life through the eyes of a drone repairman, and the music invokes a strange feeling, one of being the last human job on a mechanized planet, but not necessarily in a dystopic way." - Cvlt Nation
"BLACKWOLFGOAT is a project that will, at times, challenge a lot of people to reexamine their cloistered definition of 'music' and yet simultaneously and ably give them the tools to do so." - Lonesome Noise
"Drone Maintenance is simply hypnotic at times while being melodic at others. You can only expect the unexpected, which is what one would listen to an album like this for. This album will challenge the listener to reevaluate what they feel an album should sound like. Fans of bands such as Sunn 0))) andEarth should really give BLACKWOLFGOAT a listen." - Wicked Channel