Late last month we premiered When The Deadbolt Breaks and the second chapter As Hope Valley Burns: Eulogy of their two-part album series that was released on Halloween through Electric Talon Records. And as the first chapter, As Hope Valley Burns, will be released tomorrow, 26th November, but this time by Italy’s Argonauta Records, it only seems fitting that we also bring you this behemoth in its entirety.
But before we dive into this five-track and forty-minute journey of expansive sludge and doom, the bands main protagonist Aaron Lewis gives us a breakdown about what we’re about to hear…
‘As Hope Valley Burns is When The Deadbolt Breaks ninth album and was written during a time when most things were uncertain. The only thing we knew was that we wanted to write something unique to our discography, push our boundaries, and make something that would reflect intense fire that seems to be burning underneath everything. We are very proud of the end result, and Argonauta Records is the exact machine we needed to get this album out to the public. We thank you for listening and supporting When The Deadbolt Breaks.’
Now click play below before heading over to the Argonauta Records webstore where you can order this mammoth album on both CD and coloured vinyl…
More On When The Deadbolt Breaks & ‘As Hope Valley Burns’
For over fifteen years, New England’s When The Deadbolt Breaks has lurked in the dark corners of underground metal. With a doom style both psychedelic and unsettling, their music has been labeled many things -heavy, daunting, overwhelming, unnerving – while the band is singer/guitarist Aaron Lewis’s gritty vision of life on the subcultural fringes of New England society. Following five highly acclaimed studio records, a split and a remix album to date, November 26th will see When The Deadbolt Breaks release their brand new album, As Hope Valley Burns, via Italy’s powerhouse Argonauta Records!
When The Deadbolt Breaks has carved a niche for themselves within the interplay of extreme genres. Having played the SXSW, New England Stoner & Doom Fest to name just a few, they are as well no less at home in grind than they are in pummeling sludge or ambient soundscaping, casting forth triumphant riffs or proffering murder-dirge nods at a volume level that can only be considered violent. When The Deadbolt Breaks have always struck a balance between the ugly and beauty: long compositions wade through detuned, discordant, and murky sludge before shifting into melodic ambient space rock territories, and back again. It’s not hard to see that cinema is often what informs Lewis’s songwriting: the grueling discomfort of E. Elias Merhige or surreality of David Lynch have provided as much inspiration as his musical influences.
’This album is a unique one for When The Deadbolt Breaks. We have pushed our boundaries sonically,’ Band mastermind Lewis reveals. ‘The heavy is heavier, and the mellow, spacial parts are even more so. Akin to our first few records, we have returned to more aggressive drumming, and psychedelic spaces, yet this record has a certain depth and maturity to it that was missing in the past.’
As Hope Valley Burns Tracklisting:
01. The Evil
02. The Hanged Woman
04. The Crushing Weight Of The Sun
05. So Lost Are We
When The Deadbolt Breaks is:
Aaron Lewis – Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Sad Eyes – Bass, Additional Guitars, Vocals
Rob Birkbeck – Drums
Steve Wieda – Soundscapes, Keys, Electronics
Ambler Leigh – Additional Vocals
When The Deadbolt Breaks and the first chapter As Hope Valley Burns releases this tomorrow, 26th November through Argonauta Records on CD and vinyl that can be purchased from the labels webstore.