Last month we premiered a track from Philly sludge doom instrumental trio Seismic, although a new name, the punishing seven minute onslaught showed great promise. Even as the chaos of the election in the bands home town continues to wreak havoc around them, Seismic plough on regardless with the release of their Self-Titled debut EP tomorrow, Friday 13th November.
And today, prior to its release, you can stream this relentless three tracker in its entirety below…
But it doesn’t end there as Seismic have also unleashed a devastating video to coincide with the EPs release, the band comments…
‘At The Mountains Of Madness is the culmination of our first year of writing and represents our worship of the almighty Black Sabbath. With a subtly evolving main groove, sharp tempo changes and sludgy, hardcore influenced coda, it is our most immersive and experimental work yet. The song is the third off our debut EP and harnesses the societal and existential horror we are all experiencing in the country and around the world today.
Since we are unable to perform live due to the ongoing pandemic, we chose to create a music video to celebrate the release. For this task, we enlisted Director Kyle DeMilner of Not A Robot Productions, to craft a video using archival and public domain footage edited with his footage of us in the studio. While majority of the footage is from the 50s and 60s, the video is an apocalyptic fever dream of pestilence, violence and devastation that feels all too current in 2020.’
So what are you waiting for, click play below to get a double dose of tectonic doom, before heading over to their Bandcamp to order Seismic‘s debut EP.
More On Seismic & Their Self-Titled Debut EP
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based instrumental doom metal trio Seismic has completed work on their eponymous debut EP, confirming it for a mid-Fall release.
Seismic arrives with monolithic force on their maiden recording, channelling the ominous and existential horrors of our time and forging them into a lumbering, dynamic landscape of slow-motion sludge/doom metal without vocals or lyrics guiding the way. Immersive, heady, and thunderous, the three tracks on Seismic consume nearly twenty-six minutes, calling to mind the works of Ufomammut, Sleep, Bongripper, Pelican, and Electric Wizard.
Seismic was recorded and mixed by Ben Feldman at Coffee Haüs Studios in Freehold, New Jersey, mastered by William Sullivan at The Wreckin’ Joint, and completed with artwork created by the band’s Ken Miller, a.k.a. Violent Visual.
Seismic was conceived by bassist Ken Miller and drummer Mike Lang who met in the summer of 2014, finding common admiration of the slow, dense sludge/doom metal ways of Sleep, Yob, Pallbearer, Bongripper, Ufomammut, and The Melvins. Over the next year they would work on starting something of their own, but early attempts to rehearse with other musicians stalled and the project took a back seat when Miller joined Philly hardcore band Eaten Alive. They kept in close touch all the while, and after a year of downtime, the project would again gain momentum in 2015 when Miller bumped into an old friend, Anthony Mariano, guitarist of defunct Philly punk band Combat Crisis, who also expressed the same enthusiasm of starting something new. They exchanged their ideas of playing instrumental music which was both dynamic and atmospheric but didn’t rely on any vocals to express a specific message, however, they didn’t make any immediate plans to play.
In 2017, Miller’s friend and Eaten Alive founding member, Max Moya passed away suddenly, and in 2018, Mariano lost his father. Needing a release for their depression and grief, the three members finally got together to play and formed Seismic. Through music, they found a way to express their feelings of suffering, and through music, they persevere. The trio gelled immediately, and they established an organic and collaborative approach to songwriting. Foundations of songs are built in group improvisation sessions where no one member leads. From there, the trio hone songs with a shared sensibility until finally creating instrumental doom metal that moves with purpose and power.
Having shared the stage with bands like Un, Wormwitch, and Bask in late 2019, Seismic was planning to play heavily in support of their debut. While halted due to the ongoing COVID-19, struggling with the loss of live music as an outlet and release, the band will maintain their focus of their creative energies on pushing the band’s vision forward however they can in the meantime.
01. The Colour Out Of Space
02. Haunter Of The Dark
03. At The Mountains Of Madness
Anthony Mariano – Guitars
Ken Miller – Bass
Mike Lang – Drums
Seismic will be released independently on CD and digitally tomorrow, Friday 13th November, and can be ordered now from their Bandcamp, while those who prefer a more analogue sound, a vinyl pressing will follow in early 2021.