France’s Trendkill Recordings, Germany’s 7 Degrees Records and Italy’s Shove Records have joined forces to release the final and ultimate version of Tomb of Feathers, the debut album of Oakland apocalyptic blackened crust-doom horde ABSTRACTER. Finally arriving in 12″ vinyl format on April 15, Tomb of Feathers was already released worldwide in September 2012 by the US’s The Path Less Traveled Records in digital format, on a self-released limited edition cassette tape in fall of 2012, and once again by The Path Less Traveled Records on CD worldwide last summer.
With this imminent vinyl release Tomb of Feathers’ monstrous and colossal analog sound destructively comes together having finally found its true home, and the band has stated that this final release version of the album represents its true and originally planned listening realm, being the work entirely recorded on analog equipment and intended to be experienced through the analog medium.
All artwork and packaging design for this vinyl presentation was crafted by Kevin Gan Yuen (www.viraloptic.com) from the Bay Area’s revered blackened noise cult visionaries Sutekh Hexen. Based upon original artwork by ABSTRACTER vocalist Mattia Alagna for the CD and tape version, the new artwork of this vinyl release expands further into the band’s bleak musical vision and digs deeper into the album’s grim subject matter of madness and despair. The LP will be available in an edition of 500 copies only, 400 on pitch-black vinyl and 100 on ghostly transparent grey vinyl.
The Tomb of Feathers 12″ LP will be available through the Trendkill Recordings, 7 Degrees Records and Shove Records webstores in Europe and through Trendkill Recordings and the band itself in North America.
Stream Tomb of Feathers in its entirety at abstracter.bandcamp.com.
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ABSTRACTER is the latest sonic monstrosity to emerge from the gutters of the San Francisco Bay Area’s enigmatic extreme music underground. Formed in 2010 and coming out of complete obscurity, these four obscure slime mongers from Oakland have crafted a debut that is both mesmerizing in its seemingly effortless ability to construct massive and enveloping soundscapes, and annihilating in it’s brutal, relentless, and merciless sonic grasp on the listener’s synapses. With forty minutes of music divided solely among three mammoth tracks, this bile-drenched debut is clearly a vessel for music that has at it’s core the urge and primordial instinct to drag the listener into a vast, violent, and obscure world all of its own. Written in 2011 over a span of just a few months, Tomb of Feathers displays ABSTRACTER’s unique sound and style of songwriting, influenced by bands like Amebix, Swans, Godflesh, Corrupted, Darkthrone, and His Hero Is Gone, and shaped by elements borrowed from a vast array of genres, spanning from black metal, to crust and doom metal, to shoegazing and psychedelic rock, to hardcore punk and noise music. The work itself is a single-themed concept album about madness and mental disease as a result of the extreme and cynical individualism that permeates humanity. Entirely self-produced and self-funded by the band Tomb of Feathers was recorded live in three days (one track per day), directly to 22 track – 2 inch analog tape by sound engineer Josh Garcia (Melvins, Dwarves). The recordings were then passed on to Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Lycus, Laudanum, High On Fire, Noothgrush, OM, Atriarch, Sleep, Worm Ouroboros, Vohl) at Hear Hammer Studios for mixing, and were then shipped to Philadelphia to be mastered by James Plotkin (ISIS, SUNN O))), OLD, Khanate, etc.).
Upcoming live dates:
– April 22 2014 @ The San Jose Rock Shop, San Jose CA
w/ EYEHATEGOD, DEATHGRAVE and DEADPRESSURE
– May 3 2914 @ The First Church of the Buzzard, Oakland CA
w/ BADR VOGU, WILT, DISPARA and CONNOISSEUR
– June 8 2914 @ The Stork Club, Oakland, CA
w/ CORMORANT, BOTTOM, SECRETS OF THE SKY, GODHUNTER and FORGOTTEN GODS
– August 5 2014 @ The First Church of the Buzzard, Oakland CA
w/ PRIMITIVE MAN, HEXIS, NEGATIVE STANDARDS and AKATHARSIA
– August 12 2014 @ The Witch Haus, Santa Cruz CA
w/ USNEA, FORN and AUGURS