UK Blackened Post / Doom – have unveiled their new single “Kuebiko”, taken from their upcoming EP “Arms to the Sky” (to be released on December 4th, 2020 & available to pre-save & pre-order here: https://voidcult.ffm.to/armstothesky). “Kuebiko” is the first track on “Arms to the Sky” and begins the EP’s narrative of the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki and the fallout caused by this devastating events.
Listen here, on band’s official Youtube channel – https://youtu.be/PFG6x2lXv3o
Kuebiko translates as “a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence, which force you to revise your image of what can happen in this world” which is something we wanted to convey with the grinding pace & crushing, heavy nature of the track. The lyrical themes revolve around the fact that a few men could have stopped all this before it happened, but ultimately chose not too; and we now have to live with the senseless horrors and ultimate feeling of hopelessness they unleashed.
“Oldblood are different…. A threatening sound that suits the dark, doleful music perfectly….. A very impressive, very theatrical performance” – Loud Enough Magazine.
“Full-on post-apocalyptic mayhem that was bizarrely uplifting….. boasting extreme levels of solidity in their musicianship and a confidence… a powerful end to a full-on assault of a debut performance!” – Metal Nexus.
“If you want something with a bit more edge, to freeze the blood in your veins and all delivered with a theatrical performance; than pick Oldblood” – Loud Enough Magazine.
Formed in north London in 2018, Oldblood have set about combining the members various musical tastes into one cohesive, blackened monstrosity – merging elements of doom, punk, post-metal and black metal to form a sound that has turned heads since their debut live show supporting OHHMS & Boss Keloid through to supporting doom titans CONAN along with headlining their own shows.
Currently preparing to release their debut EP ‘Arms to the Sky’ on the 4th December 2020; ‘Arms to the Sky’ is preceded by the single ‘Kuebiko’ on the 13th November, expect Oldblood to continue pushing their brand of aural misery as far and as wide as possible.
‘Arms to the Sky’ is 4 tracks themed around the dropping of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima – both aurally and lyrically. Crushing riffs combined with devastating melodies that paint an agonized picture of life before, during and after the nuclear explosion.
Lead track ‘Kuebiko’ opens the EP with a crushing riff designed to paint a picture of devastation right off the bat; with the song building to an explosion of its own. The title ‘Kuebiko’ is actually a Japanese word that translates as “a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence, which force you to revise your image of what can happen in this world”
‘Nuclear Blues’ swaggers out of the gate with a bluesy riff, that descends into a double time frenzy before unraveling into a state of exhaustion. ‘Los Alamos’ is an atmospheric telling of the story of the creation of the atomic bomb & the final track ‘Alone’ tells the story of ‘She’.
‘She’ stands alone in the devastation caused by the atomic blast and having lost everything; she wonders what to do with her life.
Joey Williams – Guitar & Vocals
Tom Pratt – Guitar & Vocals
Brendan Coles – Bass & Vocals
Lee Barter – Drums
Arms to the Sky was recorded at No Studio & produced by Joe Clayton (Leeched, Pijn, Ithaca, Wren, Mountain Caller)