Seattle-based doom/sludge trio DEATHCAVE will release their Smoking Mountain debut full-length this August via Satanik Royalty Records.
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).
An alluring and consuming 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."
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.
In the meantime, the band has unveiled the opening psalm "Death Cave." The track explores the band members' own personal "death caves," and sets the mood for the sonic journey to follow. "It's about the darkest internal place that holds all our fears," says Freiburger, "the place that holds all our self-doubts, failures, and sorrows, and what it's like when one goes into a deep place and can't get out."
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Smoking Mountain Track Listing:
1. Death Cave
2. Last Breath
3. The Road (featuring Dave Verellen of Botch)
4. The Seer (featuring Andrea Vidal of Holy Grove)
5. Poison Wizard (featuring Neil McAdams of Black Breath)
Freiburger - bass, vocals
Benny Koslosky - drums
Tony Muñoz - guitars, vocals