Belgium’s sludge, doom and heavy psych deviants Modder have been making a bit of a name for themselves in and around the Benelux region of Europe after releasing their Self-Titled debut in 2021 that Emil Damgaard Andersen said in his review on these hallowed pages that ‘it’s massively heavy and filled to the brim with neck-breaking riffs’.
Now in 2023, the band are readying themselves to unleash their latest long player The Great Liberation Through Hearing that will once again be handled by The Netherlands based Lay Bare Recordings and Belgium’s Consouling Sounds with a release date set for the 17th November.
Now today, as a taste of the heavy riffage and psychedelics to come, The Shaman is honoured to bring you the first cut from the album with the track Doom Denker that is showcased with a visualiser video created by the band’s very own synth and electronics guru Simon Felix.
Now click play below to be hypnotised by the thinker of doom…
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Modder is a five-piece sludge and doom formation hailing from Ghent, Belgium. With riffs designed to make your neck break, supported by thundering basslines, grooving drums, industrialist samples and synths, they forge a unique sound in the sludge landscape.
In November 2020 Modder recorded and released their massive first EP Mudslinger which is an impressive 21-minute-long riff fest. In response to that, Lay Bare Recordings and Consouling Sounds joined forces and offered Modder to bring onto the world their self-produced and by now critically acclaimed self-titled 12’’ which sold out within two weeks after its release.
The band started playing live during the fall of 2021 in venues around Benelux, sharing the stage with the likes of DOOL, Hangman’s Chair, Blind To Faith, Alkerdeel, Doodseskader, Wiegedood and Bongzilla, among others.
After suffering significant personal losses across the board during the past two and a half years, Modder, among other sources, looked towards The Bardo Thodol (The Tibetan Book of the Dead) for inspiration and as one of the guides to complete the work on their new record The Great Liberation Through Hearing that is to be released on November 17th by Lay Bare Recordings and Consouling Sounds.
Songwriting wise, this new record also saw all five members significantly bringing their musical ideas to the table. And in doing so, making the music of Modder to the so called ‘next level’. Alongside that, what Modder already does very well, the band has not feared to implement an even wider variety of styles ranging from grind and thrash metal to elements of psytrance/electronic music.
For the recording of this significant record, the band joined forces with engineers Jonas Everaert and Jannes Van Rossom (Brussels Philharmonic, STAKE, Brutus, Russian Circles) for two recording sessions at DUNK studios in the Belgian city of Zottegem. While drums and guitars were (partially) recorded at DUNK, additional recordings and the rest of the instruments were self-recorded in the member’s separate home studios.
Modder guitarist Mathlovsky signed up once again as mixing engineer and for postproduction at his own House Of Lov studio. And finally, Brad Boatright (Audiosiege mastering studio, Portland, OR) took upon the mastering duties which evolved in a staggering end result. Artwork and design for The Great Liberation Through Hearing is delivered anew by the distinguished, UK based graphic artist Throne and came about after close collaboration with the band.
With their new album now set to be released on November 17th, Modder is already making plans to continue to crush audiences with their sonic mayhem in 2024 and beyond. All this with one goal in mind: to obliterate every stage as they take their riff worship to the highest possible sound level.
The Great Liberation Through Hearing Tracklist:
01. Belly Ache
02. Gazing Into Domination
03. Doom Denker
04. Feral Summer
05. The Devil Is Digital
06. These Snakes
Mathlovsky – Guitar
Gregory Simons – Drums
Maurice Philippe – Bass
Simon Felix – Synths, Electronics
Jamal Talibi – Guitar
The Great Liberation Through Hearing, the new album from Belgium’s Modder, is set to be released on the 17th November through Lay Bare Recordings and Consouling Sounds.