London’s Palehorse continue to explore the murkier corners of the human condition with their distinct brand of blackened low-end doom, laced with dark humour, paradox and abject defeatism, and with doses of dirge, noise rock and hardcore cast into the mix.
Featuring an unsettling and snarling synth underbelly, vicious and unforgiving drumming, and vocals that are in turns desolate, dejected and panicked; the punishing dual-bass five-piece have announced a brand new album, 'Looking Wet in Public' which will be available this summer on Truthseeker Music. The album is the first since 'Harm Starts Here' was released on Candlelight Records in 2013.
Mantra-like sections collide with lurching rhythm shifts, as stories of paranoia, redemption and self-loathing arrive with the sort of relentless conviction that comes with giving up.
To promote this release, Palehorse will be taking part in a co-headline tour of the UK with perfect allies Ghold throughout the month of May, which will see the band travel to almost every major city in the UK.
Palehorse are about to leave listeners with the uncomfortable sense that something inevitable and horrifying is going to happen.
You can preorder the album digitally for just 50p on our bandcamp, and head to The Quietus to hear a the track from the album right now.
We are giving away a vinyl test press for the SONANCE / TORPOR split 12" (only 5 made!) to someone who preorders the LP along with SONANCE 'Blister The Maw' on cassette.
All purchases from holyroarrecords.com will be counted, so you don't need to worry if you have already bought the two releases separately. A winner will be picked at random on March 15th. Good luck.
We are pleased to bring together SONANCE and TORPOR on this exciting split LP, which sees both bands combine their bludgeoning sounds for what will be one of the heaviest and bleakest releases of 2016. Each band is bonded by low end, whilst focusing on differing aspects, and proves the UK is still capable of creating challenging and emotionally draining music that punishes sub woofers and threatens to induce tinnitus.
Opening the album is TORPOR, and whilst losing a vocalist may seem like a large obstacle for many bands to overcome, this has allowed TORPOR to develop their sound and roles as a 3 piece. There is an increased focus on sharing vocals between each member, exploring a darker, more atmospheric and effects driven sound yet becoming ever heavier. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studio over 3 days in December 2015, these songs showcase TORPOR at their most devastating to date.
SONANCE have a tendency to balance passages of indiscriminate heavy noise with graceful, yet morose restraint. Never afraid to be complex or unsettling, beautiful and utterly crushing in equal measure. This is the third studio release from the band, and following 2012's LIKE GHOSTS and 2014's BLACKFLOWER, the three songs presented on this LP only go to reaffirm their unyielding vision. Mixed and mastered by the band itself, few can match their nuances.
Each band is having a song premiered today at Noisey. The album will be released digitally on Friday 12th February, and physically on April 15th.
Former Goodtime Boys return with a debut LP on Truthseeker
Rope are three friends from South Wales who play their own minimal, powerful and precise brand of guitar music. They formed in 2015 from the ashes of other noteworthy South Wales bands, including Goodtime Boys and Hunger Artist.
Following their debut offering, a self titled cassette EP released via Palm Reader Records (Bastions, Creeper, Castles) the band now present us with their first LP, 'Manteision Bodolaeth; or The Perks of Being’ which was recorded live in 2 days with the accomplished Lewis Johns at the Ranch Production House.
In the course of its 6 songs, the album brings to mind the visceral power of Shellac, the songmanship of Nick Cave and the kind of swirling atmospherics you might expect from Neurosis or Pink Floyd, all held together by a powerful vocal delivery and thoughtful lyrics.
Even in the tentative stages of the band and despite their being only a three-piece, Rope are capable of obtaining a sound with a depth beyond any of their contemporaries.
Listen to Ohrwurm, the opening track of the album, right now at DIY Mag
After years of creating demos and perfecting their craft, Annexia has finally unleashed their uniquely genre-blending Doom Metal debut album on the world. Encompassed in 4 tracks, totalling almost 40 minutes, 'Egress' brings to mind artists such as Abandon, Scott Walker, Neurosis and Maudlin Of The Well. Previously self-released digitally without promotion, Truthseeker Music wanted to honour the album's unique vision with a physical release.
Recorded over several months with the help of AJ Cookson (Necro Deathmort) and mixed/mastered by Greg Chandler (Esoteric), the result is harrowing and sincere.
The writing of ‘Egress’ began during a prolonged spell of illness for Annexia main man Stephen Trepak, in which the life he knew was abruptly halted and has since been forever altered. Choosing to create rather than languish in pain, the album served as a means for Stephen to confront and expose himself like never before. ‘Egress’ is about fearing the vulnerability and insignificance of your own and all life, but then also the acceptance of and defiance to them both.
For Annexia, with the debut album ready and the sophomore release already started, Truthseeker are excited to offer Annexia on limited cassette and digital formats. The ambition to experiment and develop are likely to result in a prolific discography traversing a wide range of techniques and characteristics from across the musical board.
SONANCE have released a digital accompaniment to both 'Like Ghosts' and 'Blackflower' with the new 'Mirror and Vie' which is available from their Bandcamp. The new tracks can be played at the same time as their previous releases, or on its own. This is just another example of how SONANCE are one of the most exciting and interesting bands going today. Stay tuned for a split between them and Torpor coming in 2016.
Human Future will be heading out on a European tour next month with Torpor. Details of the tour were announced on Terrorizer earlier this month. The bands are looking to fill in the final show of their run, so get in touch if you can help in any way.
Our first shirt is now available to order from the Holy Roar store
Be sure to check out Sonance on the main stage at Temples Festival this weekend, playing alongside Sunn O))), Pig Destroyer and Torche.
It's been a few weeks since Spectrum was released, and so we are pleased to announce the record release show. It's free entry although donations are welcomed and all money goes straight to the bands who are playing.
Later this month be sure to catch Sonance playing at Temples Festival in Bristol, and pick up a copy of Blackflower from them after their set
We are pleased to be partnering with All Ages Records in London for Record Store Day on April 18th 2015.
You will be able to pick up a very limited version of Sonance - 'Blackflower' with a hand numbered silver foil cover, theres just 5 of these available. You can also get test press for Human Future - 'Spectrum', numbered out of 7 copies with a special test press cover.
Sonance started in early 2012, in front of a wall of amps and live visuals. A quintet concerned with creating atmospheric, interwoven arrangements; detailed and droned stretches that subside into sludge filled chasms as the bass pushes you through the floor and lifts dust from the walls.
Their first album, ‘Like Ghosts’, was released on a variety of different formats in late 2012, including a vinyl release via Doognad records of Norway.
‘Blackflower’ maintains that same bleak and harsh aura of the band's first offering. The record is based around an epic centrepiece, but provides shorter bursts of standalone beauty absent from Like Ghosts; epic string sections burst into shrieking feedback-noise whilst vocals swim in the murk. A delicate precision that is beguiling.
‘Blackflower’ was recorded in a single take at Joe's Garage in Bristol, the band having mixed and mastered the record alongside creating the artwork. This type of assured artistic vision is one reason why SONANCE are one of the most exciting bands in the UK today, and why we could not pass up the opportunity to work with them.
The vinyl copy of ’Blackflower’ also features a 10 minute extended version of the albums closing track, ‘Tearce’.
When you preorder the record, you will receive an immediate digital download of the album. The record will ship on or around April 27th
After receiving the vinyl test presses for Human Future's debut album we felt too excited to just keep them for ourselves, so today we are giving you the chance to get your hands on one.
You can win one simply by sharing the below image, along with the tag #truthseekertestpress on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and don't forget to follow us first to make sure we can see when you have shared it.
We have one accepted and one rejected test press to give away, and both versions are limited to just 7 copies and comes with an exclusive sleeve. The rejected copy is available to anyone who shares the image, and the accepted version is only available to those who preorder a copy of the LP from the Holy Roar webstore before March 30th when the winners will be announced.