“When punk stares into the abyss, this is what stares back.” – Pitchfork
New York’s RASPBERRY BULBS — featuring members of Bone Awl and Rorschach — makes their Relapse Records debut with their highly anticipated new album, Before The Age Of Mirrors.
RASPBERRY BULBS emphasizes the volatile, confrontational attitudes of punk with the discordant sounds of lo-fi black metal and inspirational fever dreams found only in weird fiction. In the band’s own words, “Equal parts paranoia, anger, and insane humor to satisfy the most cynical minds, Before The Age Of Mirrors was crafted for the times where we desperately look for a way forward and we seem, at this dazzling stage, almost prepared to step through the mirror.”
Listen to the album’s first single “Ultra Vires” below.
Before the Age of Mirrors is due out February 21st, 2020 on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Cassette edition covers are handmade, stamped, and signed by band founder M. Del Rio. Physical packages are available for preorder via Relapse.com HERE. Digital downloads and all streaming services are available HERE.
Before The Age Of Mirrors Track Listing:
1. Spitting From On High
2. They’re After Me
3. Interlude I
4. Missing Teeth
6. Interlude II
7. Midnight Line
8. Reclaimed Church
9. Interlude III
10. Ultra Vires
11. Interlude IV
12. Given Over To History
RASPBERRY BULBS is an occult underground band that uses the Lovecraftian lineage of weird fiction as a tightrope to string together the posts staked into Rudimentary Peni, the Fall, Bone Awl, Morbid Angel, Metallica, and too many black metal bands to mention because it’s the easiest way to connect these seemingly disparate touchstones.
Forever defying the conventions of underground music, RASPBERRY BULBS continue to push the envelope via their subversive take on occult punk and black metal. Through maniacal lyricism, raw guitar snarls channeled through gritty, four-track recordings, and a wall of distortion, RASPBERRY BULBS suffocates the listener every step of the way.
RASPBERRY BULBS began as the solo project of M. Del Rio in 2009 but expanded two years later into a full lineup that included Nick Forte (of the east coast legends, Rorschach) and Jim Ning Nong. This incarnation of RASPBERRY BULBS released two albums on the Blackest Ever Black label and toured the east coast several times in 2013 with such underground acts as Salvation and Alberich. Now after six years of silence, the band emerges again with a new LP utilizing the same raw four-track recording style and homemade production known from all their previous recordings.
RASPBERRY BULBS’ new album, Before The Age Of Mirrors, contains enough parts paranoia, anger, and insane humor to satisfy any contemporary fan of underground music. It’s an album crafted especially for these times where we desperately look for a way forward and we seem, at this dazzling stage, almost prepared to step through the mirror.