Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
Louisville, Kentucky’s genre-melding, metal chaos-mongers STONECUTTERS will return this winter with their fifth studio album.
‘Carved In Time‘ will arrive on November 2nd, via GrindEthos and Riff Relevant is sharing the album artwork and tracklist at this time. Along with those, we are sharing a stream of the album’s “Carved In Time” title track, along with upcoming tour dates from the band.
Guitarist Nick Burks shared the following details about the song, saying:
“Our first single off our upcoming album encapsulates the vibe of the record, which is a soundscape to our pondering of time and impermanence. The song’s hook came from a riff I wrote in the summer of 2015 while in Portland, Oregon, just after recording our album, ‘Blood Moon.’
When I got back to Louisville, Kentucky, I worked through the rest of the song with guitarist Brian Omer. We wanted trippy, dark guitar melodies and hardcore beatdowns to keep the song creepy and heavy. The zigzag, harmonized guitar lick at the end is my tribute to Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner and his unparalleled shredding throughout ‘The Sound Of Perseverance.’ My brain melted the first time I heard that album, and it’s a major influence and inspiration.
“The lyrical themes came from a couple of places. [Brian] Omer’s was written in response to the Paris attacks in 2015. The lyrics ‘Innocent blood has been thrown’ reflect our reactions to that tragedy. The anger about the situation and wishing you could have done something. The inspiration I felt was coming from writing a song that would outlive the writer.
The lyric line ‘Carved in time / Cut into stone’ expresses what we’ve created as a band, to make your mark in this lifetime before you are gone forever. The lyrics for the beatdown middle section were inspired by the act of murder. ‘Die killing’ sounds psychotic so we went with it. It’s our battle cry for the end of times.“
Check out the song streaming here and below it find the itinerary for STONECUTTERS‘ forthcoming live actions, the “Die Killing Tour 2018“. Of noteworthy mentions are their planned appearance at Full Terror Assault Fest and a very special show supporting the reactivated, legendary Demolition Hammer.
Brian Omer – guitar/vocals
Nick Burks – guitar
Kevin Redford – bass
Johnny Wooldridge – drums
01. The Pendulum Swings Low
02. Wealth And Power
03. Carved In Time
04. …To Wither And Burn
05. Death Spiral
06. Reduced To Nothing
07. Invisible Hand
08. God’s Bloody Throne
10. Embrace The Unknown
11. Father Of Night
STONECUTTERS ‘Die Killing‘ Tour Dates:
Sep 06 – Paducah, KY @ Paducah Beer Werks
Sep 07 – Cave n Rock, IL @ Full Terror Assault Fest
Sep 08 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s (w/ DEMOLITION HAMMER)
Sep 09 – Milwaukee, WI @ Garibaldi’s
Sep 10 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Shakespeare’s Lower Level
Sep 11 – Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s
Sep 12 – Baltimore, MD @ The Depot
Sep 13 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (w/ GWAR)
Sep 14 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls (w/ GWAR)
Sep 15 – Washington DC @ The Pinch
Sep 16 – Charleston, WV @ Boulevard Tavern