BrooklynVegan is currently streaming “The Road” from Seattle-based doom/sludge trio DEATHCAVE. The track, which features a guest appearance by Dave Verellen of Botch, comes off the band’s soon-to-be-released debut full-length, Smoking Mountain.
A devouring fusion of thrash, psychedelic, stoner, and doom elements with lyrics based on personal stories reinterpreted in the realm of mythological tales, DEATHCAVE’s Smoking Mountain revolves around the concept of inevitable death and decay of not only humans, but nature as well. “Just south of Seattle, the Klickitats called Mount St. Helens ‘Louwala-Clough,’ while the Cowlitz tribes called it ‘Lavelatla,’” elaborates bassist/vocalist Freiburger. “These two terms had the exact same meaning: ‘Smoking Mountain.’ This idea is what cemented the name and general theme of the record.”
Notes Freiburger of their latest track, “‘The Road’ is the second single off the album and takes the listener into a dark domain where suffering and misery overcome them. This is an analogy for existence while facing endless obstacles on the road. The end is the inevitable demise of every living soul. This song features guest vocals by Dave Verellen (Botch, Narrows).”
Adds BrooklynVegan, “it’s a nearly seven-minute epic that fuses punk-informed sludge and trippy psychedelia to great effect.”
Stream DEATHCAVE’s “The Road,’ exclusively at BrooklynVegan, at THIS LOCATION.
Smoking Mountain was recorded by Ben Verellen (Harkonen, Helms Alee) at The Unknown in Anacortes, Washington, mixed by Verellen at Verellen Amplifiers in Seattle, Washington, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Full Of Hell, Gatecreeper, High Command) at Audioseige in Portland, Oregon. The thundering five-track offering, which includes guest vocals by Andrea Vidal (Holy Grove), Dave Verellen (Botch, Narrows), and Neil McAdams (Black Breath), as well as a track dedicated to late Black Breath bassist Elijah Nelson, will be released on August 14th digitally and on limited edition vinyl via Satanik Royalty Records.
For Smoking Mountain preorders, visit the DEATHCAVE Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION where first single, “Death Cave,” can be streamed.
Named after the Apache Death Cave in Arizona, DEATHCAVE was forged in 2018 and hit the ground running as its three members — Freiburger (Throne of Bone, Brain Scraper), Benny Koslosky (Swampyheavy), and Tony Muñoz (Razorhoof, Worship) — are longtime veterans of the underground touring circuit. The band released one three-song, self-titled demo last year. Captured by Tad Doyle (Tad, Hog Molly, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), the recording reaped critical accolades from critics and underground fans in-the-know ultimately earning them a spot on Northwest Terror Fest (now moved to 2021).