Made up of front man/guitarist Paul Bearer, bassist Jason Andy Argonauts and drummer Chris Larmour, Houston’s FUNERAL HORSE are offhand in their attitude to technical virtuosity. Whether rocking their way through dark blues or dissonant experimentation Sinister Rites Of The Master is unapologetically thunderous.
Following on from last year’s Savage Audio Demon, Sinister Rites… is released this month on Artificial Head Records. An imprint that to date has seen releases from fellow Texans and garage convivialists The Escatones, David Gedge’s much-loved Cinerama and the criminally undersung post-punk outfit Art Institute.
Under the influence, this current assembly of unholy noisemakers produce music to gouge minds to. Murky and fuzzed out, punk by execution but unmistakably proto-metal in mass and volume the album peddles the sort of sounds you might find at the angrier end of a Sub Pop or Touch and Go discography. A shot in the vein of Tad via Mudhoney’s raw megaphonic vocals (Until The Last Nation Falls, Amputate The Hands Of Thieves) FUNERAL HORSE also take in the vintage and lo-fi grind of traditional stoner, and even classic rock, as best heard on their storming cover of Rush’s Working Man. And as Mark summed up in his recent review “If you like the epic crash of Doom, yet also enjoy the frenetic snotty attitude of Punk, you will find both smashed together on this album, the Texan trio have done this and rummaged around in the broken pieces and put it back in an almost Dadaist style and make no apology for it“.
And now the band are premiering the new video for Stoned And Furious , check it out now over on Decibel Magazine, and that’s not all, as The Obelisk are also streaming Sinister Rites Of The Master in it’s entirety right HERE.
Sinister Rites Of The Master by FUNERAL HORSE is released this week as a hand numbered/multi-coloured 12” vinyl (limited to 333 copies) and can be purchased from their Bandcamp page. FUNERAL HORSE also take to the road over the coming weeks to promote the album, more details of which you can find below.
Sinister Rites tour dates:
8/20 – Rubber Gloves (Denton, TX)
8/21 – Downtown Lounge (Tulsa, OK)
8/22 – Kirby’s Beer Store (Wichita, KS)
8/23 – Surfside 7 (Fort Collins, CO)
8/24 – Burt’s Tiki Lounge (Salt Lake City, UT)
8/26 – Studio on 4th (Reno, NV)
8/27 – Eli’s Mile High Club (Oakland, CA)
8/28 – Caravan Lounge (San Jose, CA)
8/29 – Black Flame Collective (San Bernardino, CA)
8/30 – The Bashful Bandit (Tucson, AZ)
8/31 – Grynde Bar (El Paso, TX)
9/3 – Fitzgerald’s (Houston) — opening for Black Cobra and Lo Pan
9/6 – Artificial Head Records – Knight’s in Satan’s Service (KISS compilation) Record Release
9/7 – Get sued by Gene Simmons for Knight’s in Satan’s Service (KISS compilation) Record Release
Source: Sheltered Life PR