Pelican splinter group Æges rock up with a new track from Dust Moth split 7″ Bad Blood
If you hadn’t heard of Æges before today, then you and I are in the same boat. What initially drew me to the news that they had premiered a brand new song over at Guitar World – besides my keening journalistic nose – was the Pelican-associated tagline. Having renewed my love for the Chicagoan post-metallers recently with their excellent video for “Lathe Biosas“, I was intrigued to see what the herein involved member – in this instance drummer Larry Herweg – had been up to outside of his regularly scheduled programming.
Æges are a lot more traditional in their sound than the expansive soundscapes of Pelican, but g’dayumn, it’s mightily impressive. With a Mastodonic edge, filtered through a joint or two, this track “Parasite” is all big, plunging riffs, southern-tinge and stoner feeling. Check it out:
Whilst Herweg’s association is a great string to their bow – and a useful promotional tool – vocalist Kemble Walters (The Rise, Juliette and the Licks, Kemble Walters & the Blank Faces) is a phenomenal force here. It fits perfectly with the style: weaving around the dynamic bass and wailing guitars, and matching the song’s crescendo, reaching into harsher, more throaty depths as it does so.
The tune is due to appear on a split 7″, due out next month, along with a track called “Toto” from Dust Moth, the Seattle-based sextet which features Ryan Frederiksen of These Arms Are Snakes/Narrows fame. Dude’s super talented, and although “Toto” hasn’t surfaced in full yet, there is a clip up on their Bandcamp which is less “rains down in Africa” and more Battle Of Mice.
The Bad Blood split 7″ is out October 29th through The Mylene Sheath, and you can pre-order it here!