Article By: Leanne Ridgeway
Coming up quickly is a new album from a new band out of the Pacific Northwest, which seems to brew more heavy music than the world will ever be prepared to handle… Seattle, Washington based trio CYCLES OF THE DAMNED successfully create a visceral experience sewn into intensely heavy and dark music.
Showcasing a life experience in today’s world with malicious guitar onslaughts, hypnotic primeval rhythms, and despondently somber interludes, CYCLES OF THE DAMNED create the necessary chaos to violently break through the human subtopia of mediocrity into a new world with fresh, open eyes. Members Dave Krone (Guitars, Vocals), Mike Lee (Bass, Vocals), and Keith Greer (Percussion) evolved past their original formation as Black Bone Exorcism, leaping forth from those years of musical craft and now rise to a higher level of heavy music.
CYCLES OF THE DAMNED invite you into their realm to hear their debut release ‘A Time To Survive‘, coming on October 12th, from Incineration Ceremony Recordings, the brainchild label of the legendary Tad Doyle. The trio of CYCLES OF THE DAMNED continue their consistent message of roaring riffs, demolishing drums and bass, and creatively disturbing ambient landscaping to defy the boundaries of our vision of dystopia.
Have a listen to the title track, which is no small introduction, as “A Time To Survive” is 12:29 minutes worth of sensory shattering:
01. Cycles of the Damned
02. A Wound So Deep
03. Those Left Behind
04. Ring Shift of Light
05. A Time to Survive
06. The Last Transmission
‘A Time To Survive’ was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Tad Doyle at his Witch Ape Studio in Seattle, Washington. All songs on the album were written and arranged by CYCLES OF THE DAMNED, with appearances in recording from Brandon Wilder (guitars) and Mischa Kianne (violins). Cover artwork by Adelyn Krone, with art production and photography by Chris Schanz.
The album ‘A Time To Survive‘ will be available October 12th from Incineration Ceremony Recordings, with a limited vinyl pressing available globally from D.H.U. Records in Europe. Digital pre-order began September 12th via Bandcamp.
The band has a special hometown (Seattle) Album Release Show on the ‘A Time To Survive‘ release date of October 12th, with Dust Moth and Great Falls.
The CYCLES OF THE DAMNED title track “A Time To Survive” is also featured as the final track on the just-released September 2019 D.H.U. Records label sampler compilation, ‘MMCVII Vol. IV‘. The sampler is available as a free download [here]. The artists are a cross-section of acts from the heavy underground, in addition to CYCLES OF THE DAMNED. A handful of the sampler’s roster includes Doomstress, The Red Widows, Witchrot, Horehound, + nine more…
The Netherlands-based label is releasing the European edition of the CYCLES OF THE DAMNED debut album on limited edition vinyl, in conjunction with the U.S. release from Incineration Ceremony Recordings.
CYCLES OF THE DAMNED:
Keith Greer – Drums
Mike Lee – Bass, Vocals
David Krone – Guitars, Vocals
Saijo Burleson: Guitars (live)
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You can get a full immersion introduction into ‘A Time To Survive‘ from a multi-song visual teaser via a promotional video below from Witch Ape Studio (video production by David Krone). Digital pre-order on Bandcamp [here].