Only one week until London blackened doom merchants OLDBLOOD’s debut EP drops on Blood Blast Distribution (Nuclear Blast’s digital branch), so make sure to lend an ear if you haven’t already!
Fusing doom, black metal and post-metal while boasting extreme levels of solidity in musicianship, ‘Arms to the Sky’ push the foursome’s brand of aural misery as far and as wide as possible into one cohesive onslaught. As proven by their recent Kuebiko video, ‘Arms to the Sky’ is themed around the dropping of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima: threatening riffs combined with a devastating energy paint an agonized picture of life before, during and after the nuclear explosion.
OLDBLOOD ‘Arms to the Sky’ EP
Out December 4th on Blood Blast Distribution
01 – Kuebiko
02 – Nuclear Blues
03 – Los Alamos
04 – Alone
Formed in north London in 2018, OLDBLOOD merge elements of doom, punk, post-metal and black metal into one cohesive, blackened monstrosity — a sound that has turned heads since their debut show in support of OHHMS and Boss Keloid, followed by a slot alongside doom titans Conan, as well as their own headline shows. Their debut 4-track EP ‘Arms to the Sky’ is themed around the dropping of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima – both aurally and lyrically. Crushing riffs combined with devastating melodies that paint an agonized picture of life before, during and after the nuclear explosion.
Lead track ‘Kuebiko’ opens the EP with a crushing riff designed to paint a picture of devastation right off the bat; with the song building to an explosion of its own. The title ‘Kuebiko’ is actually a Japanese word that translates as “a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence, which force you to revise your image of what can happen in this world“. ‘Nuclear Blues’ swaggers out of the gate with a bluesy riff, that descends into a double time frenzy before unraveling into a state of exhaustion. ‘Los Alamos’ is an atmospheric telling of the story of the creation of the atomic bomb & the final track ‘Alone’ tells the story of ‘She’. ‘She’ stands alone in the devastation caused by the atomic blast and having lost everything; she wonders what to do with her life.
‘Arms to the Sky’ was recorded at No Studio & produced by Joe Clayton (Leeched, Pijn, Ithaca, Wren, Mountain Caller), and will be available on December 4th on all digital streaming platforms via Blood Blast Distribution. OLDBLOOD are:
Joey Williams – Guitar & Vocals
Tom Pratt – Guitar & Vocals
Brendan Coles – Bass & Vocals
Lee Barter – Drums
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