Saint Petersburg, Florida-based hardcore/crust outfit HORSEWHIP, formed by members of Reversal Of Man, Early Grace, Combatwoundedveteran, Order Of Importance, Sutek Conspiracy, and more, is preparing to release their second album, Laid To Waste. With the LP nearing co-release through Roman Numeral Records and Financial Ruin, a video for the album’s “Inertia Waits” has been issued through an exclusive premiere at Decibel Magazine.
HORSEWHIP’s Laid To Waste was recorded at Rock Garden Studio, engineered by Jeremy SH Griffith, produced by Jeremy SH Griffith and Horsewhip, mixed by Jeremy SH Griffith at Printups Studio, and mastered by Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden Studio. The record is completed with photography by Adam Lowe and design by Shaun Drees.
There is something primal and beckoning to be found on Laid To Waste, and the ominous title is without a doubt synonymous to the condition you’ll find yourself in after getting absorbed into its choleric but accessible, sonic vortex.
Vocalist Mike Grantham describes LP’s lead single, “Inertia Waits,” as, “An inner pull to abandon your life as it exists. Escape to a distant place and be free of all the negative thoughts and disappointments that consume every waking breath.”
Decibel writes with the premiere of the Matt Valler-produced “Inertia Waits” video, “…HORSEWHIP crank out filthy, sludgy hardcore that reeks of desperation, frustration and anger. The members of HORSEWHIP aren’t new to ripping out angry, fast tunes – they’ve played in Reversal of Man, Combatwoundedveteran, Sutek Conspiracy, and a score of other crucial ’90s hardcore bands – but HORSEWHIP’s sound is more mature, like the twenty years since then only amplified the band members’ desire to make heavy, crushing music.”
See HORSEWHIP’s “Inertia Waits” video only at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Watch for additional audio samples and more from the album to post in the weeks ahead.
Rooted deeply in the early 1990s scene, abrasive beating conjoined with immersive soundscapes have been the central building blocks of HORSEWHIP’s essence ever since the release of their eponymous 2018 debut album. With their sound refined and cultivated to its most striking state, the band delivers Laid To Waste.
The Floridian quartet flourishes through the unison of discordant hardcore and savage crust punk with additional flavors from here and there thrown in for good measure, all coming seamlessly together through a metallic stance and a crystal clear but characteristic production. Laid To Waste is a product of nearly three decades worth of relentless work and dedication from the individuals forming together the auditory assault machine that is HORSEWHIP. The eleven tracks on Laid To Waste clock in just shy of twenty-seven minutes, rampaging forward drenched in discordance and gripping tones, leaving absolutely no room for aimless wandering or futile meandering. Laid To Waste is entirely forged out of fluent and vital matter, and an archetype of uncompromising content met with unyielding attitude. On the album, HORSEWHIP thrives through engaging and heartfelt atmospheres encasing all the mentioned leanings and more.
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