A few weeks after Maryland’s Faith In Jane aired the first single, Enter Her Light, from their eighth, yes, that’s eighth studio album, over on The Obelisk, today it’s The Shaman’s turn to bring you the lyric video for the second single, and title track, Axe To Oak from the power-trios latest long-player that’s set to be released on 7th October through Grimoire Records.
An amalgamation of grunge with a groove of psych and heavy rock ‘n’ roll, the three-piece with their new seven-track album have solidified themselves as a force to be reckoned with amongst stoner and doom heads, as well as those hankering for a second helping of that nostalgic ‘90s Seattle sound.
About the title track, guitarist and vocalist Dan Mize says, ‘Axe To Oak is a song concerning the cycles of life and death as told through the ‘voices’ of the forest. A song about inevitable change and the balance of nature.’
Now show your faith to Jane by clicking play below and rocking out with Axe To Oak…
More On Faith In Jane & ‘Axe To Oak’
Faith In Jane was formed in 2008 by Dan Mize (guitar, vocals, and lyrics), Brendan Winston (bass), and Alex Llewellyn (drums), who remain as the current line-up. The band has made a name for themselves in the Maryland rock/metal underground with their electrifying live shows and a prolific discography.
Playing with bands such as Corrosion Of Conformity, The Obsessed, EyeHateGod, Trouble, Captain Beyond, Earthride, Beelzefuzz, Pale Divine, and Caustic Casanova, their reputation has been steadily growing since they first arrived on the Maryland doom metal scene in 2012, where they are five-time veterans of the Maryland Doom Fest. The Obelisk has described them as ‘Maryland’s best-kept secret in heavy rock,’ and Doom Charts calls them, ‘One of the most underestimated trios of proficiently skilled musicians out there.’
Beginning as a punk rock band with a reggae influence, Faith In Jane rediscovered their love for Black Sabbath and over time brought in more psychedelic and progressive elements to their sound, embracing improvisation as they soaked up the influence of bands such as King Crimson and Grateful Dead, as well as jazz legends John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Starting with 2016’s Rhythm Of Elevation, and further developing with 2018’s Countryside, they would balance their heavy psychedelia with a southern rock influence, heavily inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as a more personal and introspective songwriting style. This would continue with 2020’s Mother To Earth, which features more compact songs that are catchier, yet still heavy and trippy. 2020 also saw the release of Trippin’ After Supper, Volumes 1-4, an ‘official bootleg’ series that focuses on their extended improvisations, showing a different side of the band.
Faith In Jane newest album Axe To Oak features some of the tightest songs they have recorded so far, the product of two years spent refining unrecorded material and writing brand new songs; so many, in fact, that several songs recorded during the sessions have been set aside for future release. Their songwriting is more focused than ever, placing stronger emphasis on the vocals and lyrics while continuing to develop their trademark heavy rock sound, which Desert Rock Psychlist has called, ‘a sound so far beyond good they haven’t even invented a name for it yet.’
Menacing yet swinging riffs balance dread and boogie in the best Black Sabbath tradition; the rumbling bass groove that carries the songs has been enhanced by a fresh layer of fuzz; and bluesy, whiskey-soaked leads soar over everything like an eagle flying over their native Appalachians. The unexpected inclusion of the traditional Irish ballad She Moved Through The Fair shows yet another of their diverse musical influences. The juxtaposition of Mize‘s delivery of its ancient love-and-death melody with the wash of shimmering guitar, bass and trembling cymbals is spine-chilling, and it flows seamlessly into the original Enter Her Light.
An incredibly prolific band, Axe To Oak serves as Faith In Jane’s eighth studio album in their ten years as a band, the record delivering a uniquely ‘90s grunge element in their psych rock vibes. Packing seven extensive tracks into a dense forty-minute excursion, Axe To Oak was engineered by Greg Diener (Pale Divine, Beelzefuzz) in July 2021, mixed and mastered by Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller at Tiny Castle in June 2022, and competed with artwork by Austyn Sullivan and layout by Mueller.
Axe To Oak Tracklisting:
01. Whiskey Mountain Breakdown
02. She Moved Through The Fair
03. Enter Her Light
04. Heavy Drinker
05. How Many Ships Sail In The Forest?
06. Axe To Oak
07. The Seeker
Faith In Jane is:
Dan Mize – Guitar, Vocals
Brendan Winston – Bass
Alex Llewellyn – Drums
Faith In Jane Tour Dates:
10/20/2022: Another Round Bar And Grill – Richmond, VA
10/21/2022: Olde Mother – Frederick, MD
10/23/2022: Mr. Beerys – Bethpage, NY
Axe To Oak, the latest album from Faith In Jane, will be released digitally and on limited edition CD via Grimoire Records on 7th October, pre-orders are available now over on the labels Bandcamp.