Today, death metal alchemists Suffering Hour stream the entirety of their massive new EP, Dwell, at Decibel magazine’s website. The EP is set for international release on April 5th via Blood Harvest Records (distributed & marketed by Regain Records) on CD, 12″ vinyl, and cassette tape formats; the vinyl version shall be one-sided, with art etching on Side B. With a North American tour to kick off later this week (dates further below), stream Suffering Hour‘s Dwell in its entirety exclusively HERE.
One of the most exciting new bands Blood Harvest has had the pleasure of hearing, Suffering Hour exhibit a power and maturity that exceeds their otherwise short existence. Theirs is a death metal that defies most modern paradigms, safely eluding prevailing trends whilst driving deep into the heart of timeless DEATH METAL art, evoking mysticism as surely as molten crush, songwriting class as surely as hideous chaos, with a serpentine flow like no other. The proved as much with their critically acclaimed debut album, In Passing Ascension, released by Blood Harvest in 2017, and now are set to eclipse that feat with an ambitious new EP, Dwell.
A single 18-minute track, Dwell is literally a world unto itself. If Suffering Hour created sonic wormholes with their debut album, then Dwell is one beyond-massive wormhole, seemingly without end. Elusively transcendent just like its full-length predecessor, Dwell sounds plucked effortlessly from the ether whilst being grounded in the dirt and grime and filth of the earth – and, surely, the foundation of death metal itself. And yet, there’s a certain magisterial feeling here, a narrative flow fully developed that puts Suffering Hour in a league of their own. The band’s previous extremes – melodicism vs. miasma, space vs. swarm, tech vs. hypnosis, osmosis vs. disintegration, death metal as art vs. death metal as death metal – are just as relevant on Dwell as on In Passing Ascension, but the fact that the power-trio have condensed them into a single, world-eating epic track borders on the mindblowing.
Masters don’t sit idly by; they march on. And upon the release of Dwell will Suffering Hour hit the road for a North American tour (dates after the jump), so the time is NOW to jump on the bandwagon or forever remain clueless. Jump fully on that bandwagon exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America’s only monthly metal magazine. Preorder info for all formats can be found HERE at Blood Harvest‘s Bandcamp. Additional preorder info can be found HERE. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Suffering Hour’s Dwell
1. Dwell [18:16]
upcoming SUFFERING HOUR tour dates
April 6 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
April 7 – Columbus, OH @ The Summit
April 8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
April 9 – Richmond, VA @ Wonderland
April 10 – Washington, DC @ Atlas Brew Works
April 11 – Worchester, MA @ Ralph’s Rock Diner
April 12 – New York, NY @ Saint Vitus