The wait is over as the much anticipated COMA WALL / UNDERSMILE Split 12” ‘Wood & Wire’ is now officially released via Shaman Recordings and to help celebrate this monumental day, you can now stream the entire album below as well as purchase the Digital Download for the measly sum of £4 from the Shaman Recordings Bandcamp Page HERE.
Read on for more info about the 12″…
‘Wood & Wire’ brings together Oxford’s monolithic Undersmile and their acoustic alter-ego Coma Wall on one release.
Although this is Coma Wall‘s debut release, they’ve already gained fans after playing sets at Desertfest 2012 and supporting Dylan Carlson (of Earth) on his first ever solo show. This recording sees the band laid bare – no amps, no fuzz boxes, just acoustic guitars, percussion and a banjo that showcases their own brand of Dark Americana and Doom-Folk in the spirit of the MTV Unplugged sessions.
On the other hand Undersmile, having been endorsed by the likes of Earth’s Dylan Carlson and Henry Rollins of Black Flag, are both engaging and crushing, blending numerous influences from Swans to Babes in Toyland to arrive at a genuinely fresh, cohesive, and brutal sound. Their debut album ‘Narwhal‘, released last year by Future Noise Recordings, was met with huge praise from both fans and press alike. For these tracks, the band enlisted the help of Justin Greaves (Iron Monkey, Electric Wizard, Crippled Black Phoenix) to oversee the engineering and his contribution to the recording process helped to further display Undersmile’s diversity and musical growth, as well as their desire to capture a warmer, more ‘live’ sound.
Mastering for both recordings was once again handled by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Melvins) and the amazing artwork was handled by up and coming Illustrator Craig Bryant.
‘Wood & Wire’ Track listing…
A2. You Are My Death
A3. Cutter’s Choice
B2. Killer Bob
Praise from the press…
“Simply put, this is an absolutely outstanding album that appropriately displays the talented musings of 4 diversified individuals. For fans and newcomers alike, Undersmile /Coma Wall will leave you breathless.” – Dawn Of The Deaf
“With typically evocative artwork you can’t miss this as an Undersmile release but before the doomed machinations can get into the act Coma Wall open things up with one of the most devastatingly haunting tracks you are ever likely to hear” – Destructive Music
“Wood & Wire’ is an extraordinary release, which essentially exhibits two sides of the same coin. The material is very strong on both the A and the B side, and listeners previously familiar with Undersmile’s grungier, sludgier side will find the Coma Wall songs especially revelatory” – Sludgelord
“All in all, this split album is an overwhelming experience through the creative souls of those 4 british artists, between tormented heaven and painful hell. The challenge was not that easy to overcome but they succeeded beyond my expectations and certainly yours if you already know them” – Temple of Perdition
“The point is that by bringing together Coma Wall with Undersmile, the four-piece proves once again to be able to affect as much heaviness atmospherically as they do tonally. The ambience and emotional heft of Coma Wall‘s material flows naturally and engagingly into that of Undersmile” – The Obelisk
‘Wood & Wire‘ is out now on limited to 500 copies transparent purple vinyl which comes with lyric sheet & digital download card and can be purchased direct from Shaman Recordings HERE.
Photo Credit: Pier Corona