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Tuesday, 25 April 2017
TRACK PREMIERE: Salt Lake City's The Ditch & The Delta unleash their unique blend of mathematical progressive sludge on new track "F**k On Asphalt"
Often trying to find the right words to describe something in the most
appropriate way, can often be the most difficult thing, particularly when those
things make you feel happy or excited, indeed the same could be said for things
that make you feel like crap, sometimes the words “that was awesome” or “I feel
like crap” just doesn’t quite cut it, because it doesn’t explain the true
meaning of the experience. Our views
about things are subjective of course, personal to that individual, but when it
comes to music, particularly hearing a killer band destroy your senses with a
powerful riff, the same problems apply, words sometime just don’t cut and
for Salt Lake City’s The Ditch
and The Delta,my words just won’t do this band justice, save to say that the first
thing that comes to mind is that they are
perhaps my greatest new discovery of the year so far and their mixture of
mathematically progressive Neurosis infused
sludge, is a breathtakingly fresh heavy infusion of all the best elements of
many of your favourite bands, moulded into something genuinely exceptional and
unique. Hope that did you justice guys!!
The Ditch and The Deltawill
undoubtedly be a new name on the lips of many, but
with the imminent release of debut album “Hives In Decline” that is set to
change. Armed with their own unique brand of sludgy/noise/doom and love of the
“Big Riff”, The Ditch And The Delta implement different tunings, and modal centres, which in turn has
enabled them to avoid many of the usual doom trappings of excessive feedback,
static harmony, and pentatonic riffs and in doing so they have created one of
the finest debuts I have heard for many years.
Set for release via Battleground Recordson May 12th“Hives In
Decline” was engineered by Andy Patterson of Subrosa and is certain to propel this band to the next level, alongside fellow
Utahan’s such Cult Leader and the
aforementioned Subrosa. So with the release date but a few weeks away, we’re stoked to be able
to debut the second track from the album entitled “Fuck on Asphalt” below
which which features several guitar solos by Gentry Densley from Eagle
Twin and Iceburn. You can pre-order/buy the album
addition to the stream, we have a double helping of The Ditch And The Detla,
as we welcome guitarist/vocalist Elliot Secrist to take us through their
top 5 influences. It’s time to
turn the volume all the way up to 11, because “It’s one louder,
isn’t it?” So ill hand over to Elliot to talk you through his picks
than list some obvious influences, we decided to list stuff that we listen to
that is not metal. Every review we have received, lists a bunch of bands that
we do listen to, and there are way too many, over a lifetime of listening to
hardcore and metal, to list. Many of the influences are obvious, so here are
some not so obvious ones. My (Elliot) bands that sparked tectonic shifts in my
musical thinking are not going to be the same ones for Kory, and Charles.
1.The one band that Charles (Drums) did say he wanted listed is the anarcho
hardcore band Catharsis.
Their drummer is Alexei Rodriguez. He has been in so many bands but most
notable Prong, 3 inches of Blood, Trial, Walls of Jericho.
Musically they are thrashy, and have a healthy dose of dbeat. Their themes are
all about living authentically at any cost, the passion for life, and
resistance to ways of life that are only to serve masters.
are two of their best “Obsession”
their swan song “Arsonist’s Prayer”
others are staples that we have either listened to forever and continue to inspire,
or are stuff we listen to on tour. When playing metal every night with a bunch
of metal bands, we tend to avoid listening to metal in the van.
2.One of our first tour listens that we put on every time we go out is Townes Van Zandt.
He is the songwriter’s songwriter. In our opinion the best of sad bastard
country. Its hard to pick any one album. On the top would probably be his album
Mother the Mountain”. He has happy and uplifting songs but he also
captures misery and hopelessness unlike any metal band trying to be dark.
definite non metal/tour pick is Gucci Mane. Sometimes you just need some
shitty trap rap.
4. Is the Utah band Iceburn. Their whole discography is
awesome. Starts out super heavy and then gets progressively more exploratory to
free jazz orchestra’s to just noise. It is Southern Lord Recording artist Eagle Twin’s Gentry
Densley’s brain child. Iceburn has a new extremely heavy album
much like their early work coming out sometime in the near future, on Southern Lord.
I’ve probably listened to this band 1000’s of times.
(Part II)”This one is a long
one and you need to listen to the whole album to get it all. Start at minute
15:00 to get to the coolest ending and riffs ever.
5.Silo (Denmark) is one of the most unique mysterious bands I
have ever heard. There really is not a lot of info out there on them. From the
first minute heard I knew this was going to be something I listen to on repeat.
Mindblowing but minimal at the same time. Their sound has some stuff in common
in its mood, but that is where similarities end. The first album I heard of
them is called “Alloy”.
Its electronic music but done with real sampled instruments. So soothing that
once they finally change the pattern you forget where it even happened. Poly
rhythm masters. Ten years after “Alloy” they released one of the
heaviest non metal records I have heard. If you want ideas for poly
rhythms/beat chopping or new ways to sound heavy without traditional guitar
tones listen to “Work”.
This band is simply on their own playing field.