On Monday we published Josh’s In Search of Tone interview with guitarists Gunnar & Stephan of Confusion Master as the band prep themselves for the release of their new long-player Haunted where they talk about guitar gear, recording the album, and what its been like working with Andreas over at Exile On Mainstream.
During the conversation, Stephan reflects that ‘the recordings for Haunted had been postponed three times during Covid lockdowns, either to be safe with families or due to governmental restrictions’, then adds ‘It was very stressful keeping a certain mood for the recording days as everything felt so insecure and ever-changing. But in the end, we made it through frost-ridden, cold days in Oct/Nov/Dec 2020 and finalized it.’
And today, as the release date of this Friday, 19th November, fast approaches, we can bring you all six tracks from the near on sixty minutes of the mammoth that is Haunted by clicking play below…
More On Confusion Master & ‘Haunted’
Haunted was recorded during the encompassing Winter desolation of 2020, captured by Lutz Baumann at various live sessions in multiple rooms and practice studios, after which it was mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Sunn O))), Pelican). Clearly not to be mistaken for a love and peace affair but channeling hardcore anger in its purity, the result is a bonafide gain in horror cosmic doom with a strong Lovecraftian existential swirl, as reflected in the stunning cover illustration by Antonio Ilievsky/Pig Hands. Fans of Sleep, Ufomammut, Electric Wizard, Yob, Goatsnake, and Black Shape Of Nexus should not miss Confusion Master.
Haunted will see release through Exile On Mainstream on November 19th through all digital services as well as 12” vinyl, with a bundled CD which features one bonus track not on the vinyl. Additionally, two limited fan editions of the album will also be released, each with special pressing/packaging attributes, additional bonus material and merch, and a cassette release, Live At Fusion Festival.
Uniting four musicians drawn together from across varied punk and metal circuits, unified through their shared love for sound, misanthropy, DIY values, and vintage gear, the members of Confusion Master have earned merits in underground stalwart outfits such as Cyness, Wojczech, Bad Luck Rides On Wheels, and Aequatorkaelte. Their debut album, Awaken, was released through Exile On Mainstream in 2018, and having earned raving feedback from the international doom and stoner rock crowd, the group proved itself as a veritable touring machine. They provided support for Like Rats, Dopethrone, Crowskin, Bongzilla, Beehoover, and labelmates Black Shape Of Nexus, while conquering the 2019 edition of the mighty Roadburn Festival, all in one strike. Now it’s time for the next chapter.
After excessive touring on their debut album, Confusion Master again exchanged daylight for practice room jams exhaustingly and crafted four new tracks rooted in thundering groove, odd percussion breaks, and psychedelic swing. The Baltic Sea-based quartet once again delivers a crushing blow with forty-one minutes of raging intensity for your turntable, reminding you that the dead cannot die while they are still hungry.
01. Viking X
02. The Cannibal County Maniac
03. Casket Down
04. Jaw On A Hook
06. Under The Sign Of The Reptile Master
Confusion Master are:
Stephan Kurth – Guitars, Vocals
Gunnar Arndt – Guitars
Mathias Klein – Bass
Stephan Gottwald – Drums
Haunted, the new album from Confusion Master featuring six colossal tracks of stoner doom releases this Friday, 19th November via Exile On Mainstream. Pre-orders are available now over on the labels webstore and below are the bands up and coming record release live dates…
Confusion Master Haunted Release Live Dates:
12/11/2021 – Tiefgrund – Berlin, DE w/ Treedeon, Ursular
18/11/2021 – MS Stubnitz – Hamburg, DE w/ Bad Luck Rides On Wheels
19/11/2021 – Bunker – Rostock, DE w/ Bad Luck Rides On Wheels
20/11/2021 – Klex – Greifswald, DE w/ Bad Luck Rides On Wheels
27/11/2021 – Huenermanhattan – Halle/Saale, DE w/ Bad Luck Rides On Wheels, Wheel