RIYL: Mastodon, Baroness, Pelican, Rwake
Seattle noise makers INTO THE STORM have returned with their latest effort, Where the Merfalo Roam. The album which will be released on November 11th via Alive and Breathing Records, is a complex album containing ten compositions that have been painstakingly pieced together riff by riff. Fans of Baroness, Mastodon and Pelican should appreciate this album since it captures the essence of those bands at times, but also contains its own unique flavor. For example, the first half of the song “Maturin” contains a brass section and then shifts to noisy blasts of heavy for the remainder of the song. There’s even some honky-tonk, chicken pickin’ to be found in “Truck Van Trailer” hidden near the end of the sludge infused chaotic riffing. In conclusion, Into the Storm have created their most progressive and impressive work to date since their inception in 2010.
The band commented about the album "We are super excited to release this album as it captures the most accurate representation of seeing us play live we have ever recorded. The concept behind Where the Merfalo Roam is a journey through discontent, oppressive governments, dystopian eras, and the connection between the cycles societies go through. The artwork depicts the mouth of a giant mythical creature that devours chunks of societies with bits of them still stuck against it's teeth and the creatures that are still feasting upon them.
Where the Merfalo Roam is a call to a bygone era where great waters covered much of the open the plains and large aquatic mammals grazed, Merfalo. You can still see evidence of this time in the derelict buildings scattered beside the highways of America. "
Guest violins provided by Kim Pack and Sarah Pendleton of Sub-Rosa on the title track.
Past Praise for INTO THE STORM:
"This is a band who are not afraid to craft unique soundscapes, soundscapes of a sort that will surely stand the test of time as they crash through your ears. Into the Storm may not be your usual extreme metal band, but they are certainly interesting, bringing forth a sound that it seems like only Pacific Northwest bands can really get right these days."-Two Guys Metal Reviews
"It’s heavy without being metallic, quirky in that Washington way, super intense, and fucking awesome-Razorcake
INTO THE STORM is:
Brant Kay: Guitar + Vocals
Matt Jahn: Guitar + Vocals
Oliver Reeves: Bass + Vocals
James Reeves: Drums