Post-metal/doom five-piece DEATH WILL TREMBLE have been making significant rounds in the Austin, TX heavy metal underground, extending outwards to new fans and followers since the release of their 2016 full-length album, Mona. The album garnered the band high praise beyond the local scene, even earning a spot on Metal Trenches’ Top 10 Most Innovative Releases of 2016, as well as the number one spot on Metal Nexus’ Top 25 Releases of 2016.
DEATH WILL TREMBLE’s music is as heavy as it is emotionally charged – conveying a melodic, downtempo ambience that has been likened to bands ranging from Crowbar to “the darkest parts of the Deftones,” and described as everything from doom to “sludgy, atmospheric post-metal.”
2018 marks DEATH WILL TREMBLE’s return to the musical realm, with the release of their ambitious, devastatingly heavy 14-minute single track EP, Departures. This crushing effort will be available for mass pre-order soon, with initial pre-orders available now. As they did with Mona, DEATH WILL TREMBLE utilized longtime producer Tim Gerron (Deadhorse/MOD) to record Departures.
Listen to a sample of Departures now via an official music video teaser:
On Departures, the band opted to create one cohesive work rather than separating a single thought or concept into multiple pieces. “After the release of Mona, we really started to think about the way we experience this music, and the way we want other people to experience it – and because in our live shows we tend to perform our set without any breaks between songs, we wanted to record this EP in the same way,” says vocalist Hunter Townsend. “This music is so emotionally heavy for us that we want to create an atmosphere, live and in recordings, that requires the listener to really live inside of it instead of skipping from one song to the next.”
Thematically, Departures deals heavily with loss – not just the act of losing someone, but learning to live with that loss as well. Two members of DEATH WILL TREMBLE recently witnessed the extended illness and ultimately loss of an immediate family member and feel that the experience is strongly reflected in the new album, whether it was initially intentional or not.
Hunter adds, “Chase (lead guitar) and I lost our father to a rare neurological disease just before the recording of Mona. He’d been sick for a number of years, and while none of what was written for Mona dealt with that directly, it’s impossible to think that it didn’t color the lyrical and musical themes that presented themselves during the writing process for Departures.”
Departures showcases a much more developed, confident, and emotionally devastating sound in comparison to it’s predecessor, Mona. Trading shredding guitar solos for mournful slide guitar melodies, and traditional metal vocals for something more visceral and honest, DEATH WILL TREMBLE have set themselves apart by offering a truly unique addition to the world of heavy music.
DEATH WILL TREMBLE will perform at their official EP release show on July 7 at Come And Take It Live in Austin, TX. Also appearing on the bill will be Driving Slow Motion (Dallas, TX), Glassing (Austin, TX), and more bands will be announced soon. DEATH WILL TREMBLE have performed live support for countless touring bands in their hometown of Austin, including Crowbar, Lord Dying, All Shall Perish, Katatonia, and Caspian. Festival appearances include official showcases at SXSW in both 2015, 2016, and 2017, as well as the inaugural Housecore Horror Fest, organized by Phil Anselmo.
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Hunter Townsend – Vocals
Jason Powell – Rhythm Guitar
Chase Townsend – Lead Guitar
Jake Archer – Bass
Robert Eskew – Drums (current)
Peter Murray – Drums (on Departures)